It may be renowned for its pristine sand, glistening waters, and endless sunshine, but don’t think St. Barths is just another Caribbean beach escape.
Thanks to the St. Barths Marine Reserve, guests of Le Sereno are in for a full-fledged nature retreat. Places like Grand Cul de Sac are ecologically fragile and receive specialized attention to protect its plant and animal life for generations to come.
The result: an island unlike any other, rich in uninhibited, natural beauty.
The intention of the Marine Reserve is not to keep people off the water. Quite the opposite, it simply encourages locals and tourists to enjoy this beautiful island in a sustainable manner. Here are some of our recommendations for getting the most out of your experience on St. Barths:
Hiking: St. Barths offers countless options for excursions by foot, most of which lead to a secluded beach or lagoon. Check out our previous list of favorite destinations.
Diving and Snorkeling: Exploring life beneath the sea is a must-try for anyone visiting St. Barths. Snorkelers can pick up their equipment at Le Sereno before heading to Colombier, the island’s finest snorkeling spot. Divers, however, will need to go through a certified scuba outlet. We recommend Ouanalao here in Grand Cul de Sac or any of Gustavia’s excursions: Plongée Caraibes or Serial Divers.
Fishing: St. Barths is a fisherman’s paradise, home to many of the world’s most coveted species like blue marlin, wahoo, and tuna. To ensure you abide by the Marine Reserve’s fishing regulations, we recommend you plan a fishing charter with the likes of Jicky Marine, Patrick LaPlace, or Inoa II.
The St. Barths Marine Reserve has created numerous regulations to protect the island from environmental degradation. Here are the most important ones to keep in mind as you decipher the Reserve map: