Renting a private villa is an ideal option for those concerned about social distancing while on vacation

President Bruno Magras announced a plan to re-open St. Barths’ borders to tourism starting Monday, June 22. The island’s government imposed a lockdown from mid-March to mid-May. The virus was eradicated, and there have been no active cases of COVID-19 on the island since April 20. In an official statement, President Bruno Magras said “Saint Barths is pleased to welcome you back.”

To insure that the island remains free of the virus, the government’s re-opening plan asks visitors to schedule a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to arrival. They should bring a physical or digital copy, and present it at passport control. Those who present a negative test result upon entry can immediately move about the island freely.

If a visitor arrives in St. Barths without having a recent negative test result in hand, they will have 24 hours to go to the drive-through test center in Gustavia to be tested. Visitors will be asked to self-quarantine in their villa or hotel room until they get the test result (which will be available in less than 24 hours). Those who test negative can move freely about the island. In the event of a positive test, visitors must self-quarantine in their villa or hotel room until a negative test can be obtained.

Many of the island’s restaurants have resumed dine-in service, including popular spots Tamarin, Shellona, and Isola, with adjustments made to table spacing. See full list of open restaurants. “Life on the island has returned to normal,” added Magras. “Island beaches are open without restriction, restaurants and boutiques are operating as usual.”

Those seeking a change of scenery would do well to consider renting a private villa on St. Barths. With spacious open-air living areas, fully equipped kitchens and private pools, mentally, travelers might find the transition from their own home to a private villa the easiest. Concerns about sharing dining areas and swimming pools with groups of strangers are also abated at a private villa. WIMCO Villas, which has rented villas in St. Barths for over thirty-five years, confirms that it has modified its arrival service to reduce points of contact, and has revised villa cleaning guidelines provided to the housekeeping for the 375 private villas it represents on the island.

In tandem with renting private villas, WIMCO also offers a robust concierge service. Families can feel secure knowing that WIMCO can outfit a villa in advance to make the arrival day more seamless. “Whether you’re traveling with toddlers and need cribs and high-chairs in place, or would like to have a week’s worth of groceries pre-stocked, these are services we’ve mastered for our guests,” says WIMCO’s President Stiles Bennet. Their local WIMCO concierge team can also deliver take-out, as well as arrange private chefs, whether for seated meals, or to prep for easy self-assembly.

In terms of getting to St. Barths, San Juan Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
is currently the best hub for American clients, as St. Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport is not yet open. Tradewind Aviation flies from San Juan to St. Barths, operating a fleet of Pilatus PC-12 planes, with a flying time of roughly 50 mins. Many US cities offer direct flights to San Juan, including New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, as well as Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. Nearby Miami and Fort Lauderdale are strong connections for those on the West coast.

Vacationers can opt-in to a suite of travel services WIMCO offers that can reduce the number of contacts while traveling. These include a luggage shipping service (less expensive than you might think) and VIP airport transfer service (for swift inter-island connections). Engage their Air Department for the best routes and book shared or private charters.

For the ultimate contact-less experience and for those who do not subscribe to membership-based charters like NetJets, WIMCO can book private jets from their home destination. WIMCO has also rolled out flexible reservation and cancelation policies to ease the mind of clients concerned about the possibility of having to change plans.

About WIMCO Villas

Recently voted one of the “Top Three” villa rental companies in the world by the readers of Condé Nast
Traveler magazine, and featured in the New York Times, and on the Today Show, WIMCO offers a selective and personally visited collection of private villas in the Caribbean and Europe. Well-traveled Villa Specialists match clients with the right villa for their preferences and needs, and then arrange every aspect of their trip, including: booking international flights, pre-stocking groceries, and meeting guests at the airport. In addition, they can arrange rental cars, restaurant reservations, and local activities, all supported by itineraries.
WIMCO’s portfolio of private villas with concierge service includes properties on eleven Caribbean islands (including St. Barths, Turks & Caicos, and Anguilla), a dozen private island resorts, and Southern Europe (including the Amalfi Coast, St. Tropez, and Mykonos). Browse villas at wimco.com or speak directly with a Villa Specialist at +1 (401) 849-8012.

WIMCO also operates a real estate sales office on St. Barths, with listings ranging from undeveloped land to spacious villa compounds. Inquiries for villa rentals or real estate sales may be sent to info@wimco.com


April 1 update from ARS Guadeloupe:

St Barth
There are no new cases on St Barth.
Previously reported were a total of 6 cases, including 3 who have recovered. 3 patients are listed as confined at home.

St Martin
There is 1 new case on St Martin for a total of 22 cases, including 5 who have recovered and 2 deceased. 7 patients are listed as hospitalized (including 1 transferred to Guadeloupe), 1 “repatriated”, and 7 are listed as confined at home.

Sint Maarten
There are 10 new cases in Sint Maarten, for a total of 16, including 1 deceased.


Here is the March 29 update from ARS Guadeloupe:

There are 4 new case on St Martin, for a total of 18 cases, including 2 who have recovered and 1 deceased. 9 patients are listed as hospitalized (including 2 transferred to Guadeloupe, and 1 “repatriated” to his country of origin), and 6 are listed as confined at home.

Sint Maarten government sources report that the “repatriated” patient was an American, who was flown to Miami via a private medevac flight.

There are no new cases on St Barth. Previously reported was a total of 6 cases, including 1 who has recovered. 5 patients are listed as confined at home.

Separately, yesterday Sint Maarten reported that there are 6 cases in that country, 2 of which are hospitalized.



March 23 update from ARS Guadeloupe:

Two new cases on St Martin, for a total of 8, including 2 who have recovered.
4 patients are listed as hospitalized, and 2 are listed as confined at home.

Two confirmed cases on St Barth, confined at home.

The table in the attached document shows
4 hospitalized on St Martin, and mentions 1 evacuated to Guadeloupe.


The government of St Barth is restricting air service per the following deadlines.

Passengers may travel to St Barth until March 19th at noon
and
depart St Barth through Sunday March 22, 2020.

Passengers may not travel to St Barth after March 19th at noon or depart St Barth after Sunday March 22, 2020.

Exceptions will be considered for under the following conditions:

Medical flights in conjunction with combatting the epidemic.
Reunification of immediate families members.
Medical flights on the advice of a physician.
Essential flights for professionals which cannot be deferred.

This restriction is in place through April 15th

Accordingly, Tradewind will cease operations of scheduled flights to and from St Barth after Sunday March 22nd. We plan to resume operations as soon as the restrictions are lifted.

Should this affect your travel, please contact our office to review your options. You can either call 800-376-7922 or +1-203-267-3305, text+1- 203-405-9198, email

Tradewind Aviation Travel Advisory

The government of Anguilla is closing the airport and seaport as of Friday, March 20th at 11:59PM for at least the next 14 days.

Tortola has announced that they will not allow passengers to enter that have been to the following countries in the last 14 days – China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Norway. Tradewind Aviation will still be able to pick up passengers from Tortola and fly them to San Juan as the crew is not “entering,” and instead remain at the plane.

Should either of these new notices affect your travel, please contact our office to review your options. You can either call 800-376-7922 or +1-203-267-3305, text+1- 203-405-9198, or email charter@flytradewind.com

web: www.flytradewind.com
Phone: 800-376-7922
text: +1-203-405-9198


OPEN
L’Ardoise Takeout and delivery from 11:45 0590.77.41.97
Bananiers Takeout and delivery only 0590.27.93.48
Baz Bar Takeout and delivery 11:30 – 14:00, 18:30-22:00
Black Ginger To Go Takeout 0590.29.21.03
Boucherie Ché Yo Open normal hours, please keep a safe distance from other clients, wait outside if needed. 0590.27.54.34
Le Bouchon Takeout
Burger Palace Takeout and delivery only 0590.51.27.74
La Cantina Tapas takeout 0590.27.55.66
Chef’s Market Produce, meats, seafood, and cheese 0590.59.12.31 Now available to individuals.
Chez Rolonde Takeout Plat du Jour and Bokits 0590.27.51.42
Eddy’s Takeout 0590.27.54.17
Epicerie de Corossol Open normal hours, but their terrace is closed. All sandwiches etc. must be takeout
La Crêperie Takeout and Delivery only 0590.27.84.07
La Guerite Takeout 18:30 -22:00, preorder at 0590.27.71.83
Kiki-é-Mo Takeout and delivery 0690.58.78.71
La Licorne Takeout only 0590.87.37.93
Maya’s To Go Takeout beginning Tuesday 3/17 – 0590.29.83.70
Papa’s Pizza Takeout and Delivery 18:00-22:00 0590.29.87.76
Le Papillon Ivre Takeout 18:30-22:30 0690.73.25.30
La Petite Colombe Takeout only, please respect social distancing
0590.27.95.27 (Columbier)
0590.29.74.30 (Lorient)
QG/Quartier General Takeout only 11:45-13:45 0590.87.41.36
Sayolita Takeout only 0590.27.13.30
Shatira SBH Takeout and delivery only 0590.27.68.67
So Cuisine Takeout only 0590.52.06.64
La Terrasse Takeout and delivery from 11:45 0590.27.52.21
Victoria Takeout only, including pizza 0590.27.73.00
Zion SBH Plat du Jour takeout on Wednesday from 12:00-13:00, order by phone 0590.27.63.62
CLOSED
Au Regal Closed
Black Ginger Closed
Café Gloriette Closed
Jojo Burger Closed
Modjo Closed
Nikki Beach Closed
Orega Closed
Shellona Closed
Le Ti St Barth – Closed


Collective De Saint-Barthelemy
March 12, 2020

The United States of America decided that from March 13, 2020
foreigners who have been staying in the last 14-days in one of the 26 European countries
belonging to the Schengen Area will no longer be allowed to enter the United States.
Some checks will also apply to American citizens returning from the Schengen Area.

The Collectivity of Saint-Barthelemy points out that the island of Saint-Barthelemy is not part
of the Schengen Area. Nor is it part of the territory of the European Union. This legal situation is acknowledged by the specific
constitutional statute if the island of Saint-Barthelemy.

In Saint-Barthelemy, March 12, 2020


March 2020 St. Barths Events

Mi-Careme: March 19, 2020

Religious and Public Holiday. Enjoy parades and parties during this celebration of the middle of Lent.

St. Barths Bucket Regatta, March 19 – 22, 2020

A three-day invitational regatta with 48 of the most impressive mega-yachts in the world, all at least 100ft long, including many classic wooden racing boats. You can view many of the participating boats in Gustavia harbor after 5 pm most days. Join the race and celebrate after each day with your crew with many sponsored events.

April 2020 St. Barths Events

Easter Weekend: April 10 – April 12, 2020

Public and religious holiday.

Les Voiles de St. Barth Regatta: April 12- April 18, 2020

An important stop on the Caribbean regatta circuit, the “Les Voiles de St. Barth” regatta will include over 70 boats, divided into six classes from classic sloops to mega yachts. The results from each days racing are posted in the events tent on the Quai in Gustavia, where you can also enjoy live music each night.

West Indies’ Regatta: April 24- April 26th, 2020

Three day event held annually over the May Day weekend in St Barth, celebrating traditional sailboats from the West Indies islands. More of a wooden boat festival than a competitive regatta, the purpose of the event is to promote and encourage traditional boat building in the Caribbean.

St. Barths Film Festival: April 28 – May 3, 2020

This annual festival features Caribbean Films and Filmmakers. Films are shown outdoors in the schoolyard in Lorient, and weather permitting, on Flamands beach.

May 2020 St. Barths Events

Tour of St. Barths: Dates TBA

Around the island event for windsurfers and catamarans, St Jean Beach.

June 2020 St. Barths Events

Féte de la Musique (World Music Day): June 21, 2020

A number of talented musicians will perform in Gustavia at concerts on the Quai General-De-Gaulle.

July 2020 St. Barths Events

St. Barths Summer Camp: July, 2020

Five weeks of wellness on the island, including daily yoga and wellness classes. Many of the events are held right on the beach.

Féte de l’Anse des Cayes et Anse des Lezards: July 7th – 8th

Games, music, sports, shows and a ball all featured during this celebration in the village of Anse des Cayes.

Bastille Day: July 14

Fireworks and dancing in Gustavia during this Public Holiday.

Fé des quartiers du Nord: July 29th

Flamands – Contests, Regattas, animations, and fireworks.

August 2020 St. Barths Events

St Barth Family Festival: August 4-16

It’s party time with a festival of musical fireworks! Night after night of hot sounds with a tropical club atmosphere, featuring live music at Do Brazil, Le Yacht Club and Le Ti St Barth.

St. Barth Summer Sessions & SJBAM Music Festival: August 3rd – 20th

Back for its 8th year, this event brings a talented mix of musicians together for 11 nights of performances across the island.

St Barth Tennis Open: August 1 – 15

Taking place in St. Jean, this is the largest tennis tournament in St. Barts for men, women and children.

Festival of St. Barthelemy: August 24, 2020

Patron Saint Feast Day. Church and official ceremonies, regattas, public ball, fireworks in Gustavia.

St-Louis Festival: August 25, 2020

Village of Corossol – Fishing contests, Regattas, public ball, and fireworks.

November 2020 St. Barths Events

St. Barth Gourmet Festival: Dates TBA

Vacation lover and a gourmand? Consider a fall trip to St. Barths to experience the celebrated
St. Barth Gourmet Festival (formerly known as the Taste of St. Barths). Celebrated guests chefs from around the world team up with local restaurants for fabulous tasting menus, cook-offs, and friendly competition.

All Saints Day: November 1, 2020

Religious holiday. In St. Barth, the cemeteries, which are normally kept in impeccable condition, are spiffed to a higher degree of beauty and cleanliness. Island residents begin gathering in the five cemeteries at dusk to light candles and socialize in celebration of the lives of loved ones buried there.

Swedish Week and PITEA Day: Second week of November

Commemoration of the cultural bonds between St. Barths and Sweden, and linkage between sister cities of Gustavia and Pitea, Sweden. Activities include an arts and crafts show on the quai in front of the Wall House in Gustavia, a 5K run, a 10k walk (the Gustavialoppet), and the Children’s Race.

St. Barth Cata Cup: Dates TBA

The 11th anniversary of the Cata Cup on St. Barths. The regatta of small catamarans starts and ends on St Jean Beach each day.

December 2020 St. Barths Events

St. Barths Christmas Village in Gustavia: Dates TBA

A festive area is set up on the dock at the port of Gustavia featuring local artisans’ work, food stands showcasing local St. Barths’ cuisine, and a special area for children to meet Santa Claus (or affectionately, Pere Noel) on Dec 20th. There is a best Christmas tree contest.

New Years Eve: December 31, 2020

Live music and celebrations across the island. The New Year’s Eve Regatta, a sailing race organized for fun around St. Barts. Fireworks at midnight over the harbor in Gustavia. Live entertainment in some restaurants.

January 2021 St. Barths Events

St. Barths Music Festival Dates TBA

Since 1985, musicians from all over come to St. Barts in January to perform live music under the roasting Caribbean sun. Spend a dozen nights with the finest live music and dance performances from some of the world’s most prominent classical, opera, ballet, and jazz stars. These performers have the level of artistry that one would normally have to attend Carnegie Hall in New York or the Opera Garnier in Paris to experience.

The musicians are soloists and principals from symphony orchestras and Philharmonia from all over: Montreal, Boston, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, Paris, the Juilliard and Curtis schools of music, and many others.


  • No Corona Virus Epidemic on St Barts as of March 09, 2020

    Reassuring news coming from the ARS (French Governmental Health Organization)
    concerning the island of St Barthelemy (St Barts).

    There are no clusters, and still only one confirmed case of Coronavirus on the
    island – the same individual who was identified 10 days ago.
    He is nearing the end of his quarantine phase and will be considered healthy again in a matter of days by
    the ARS. It’s worthwhile reporting that his wife and children have not been contaminated.

    This proves the virus isn’t spreading as dynamically as one previously thought as
    long as all basic preventive measures are being strictly applied by everyone.

    St Barts has been pro-actively putting in place all the recommendations and
    procedures issued by the ARS.

    If required, the ARS has a contigency plan ready to be executed on a moment’s
    notice in collaboration with the hospitals and Guadeloupe and Martinique.

    Wea re continuing to update the media on a regular basis.

    Please find below the official press release from the ARS.

    Nils Dufau
    Vice-President
    En charge du tourisme
    Collective De Saint-Barthelemy