The nine-square-mile island of St. Barths in the Caribbean is a beach lover’s paradise. The island has 11 beaches, each with its own charm. Some St. Barths beaches are perfect for surfing, while others are revered for their privacy. One of the most cherished on the island, however, is Grand Cul-de-Sac on the northeastern side of the island. There are a few hotels located along Grand Cul-de-Sac, including Le Sereno. Grand Cul de Sac is technically the longest of St. Barths’ beaches, but you can’t walk from one side to the other due to rocky promontories.
Beach Lover’s Bliss
Just steps from Le Sereno’s stunning suites and villas, Grand Cul-de-Sac is ideal for kitesurfers, nature lovers, and kids of all ages thanks to its shallow, calm waters, nearly devoid of waves. In fact, you can walk quite far out and still touch the sand. The bay is protected by a coral reef barrier, making it the perfect beach for snorkeling near the reefs or along the rocks. There are nearly 20 sea turtles that also swim within the bay, again due to the calm waters. You’re bound to see a turtle on this beach over almost all the others on the island. It’s the perfect place to grab a snorkel and wade in the water. Le Sereno is a family-friendly hotel and offers plenty of activities that appeal to young kids and couples alike, like frolicking in the waves, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and exploring the water and beach. Grand Cul-de-Sac’s stunning lagoon has exposure to the northeast trade winds, which is why it’s also perfect for kitesurfers. Locals love this beach for that reason, and Le Sereno also has kitesurfing equipment for you to take advantage of this prime area, either on your own or via a private lesson that can be arranged with the hotel. Whether you’re kitesurfing, paddle boarding or kayaking, look out onto the sea to spot the occasional dolphin or two.
The Best of St. Barths’ Beaches
Explore the area by hiking to Petit Cul-de-Sac, just a short hike from Grand Cul-de-Sac. Petit Cul-de-Sac offers even more breathtaking views of the island’s natural scenery, from wild goats and scenic vistas of the island’s mountainous landscape to natural pools and more. Despite the small size of the island, there’s endless adventure. While there are plenty of exciting activities, Grand Cul-de-Sac remains a quiet and relaxing beach. It’s not uncommon for guests to spend hours wading in the water and soaking up the sun. Quality time spent in the water calls for a beachfront lunch at Le Sereno’s Al Mare. The subtle trade winds add a breezy vibe, a welcome reprieve after a day spent in the hot Caribbean sun.