St Barths:

 

Airports (Airport Code SXM, Saint Maarten)St. Barts has a small airport known as Gustaf III Airport on the north coast of the island that is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. It has a paved runway of 650 m length. All visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sight around St. Barts and throughout the northern West Indies. The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach at St Jean. The arrival descent is over the hilltop traffic circle and departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers on St. Jean Beach (although small signs advise sunbathers not to lie directly at the end of the runway).

The nearest commercial jet airport is on the neighboring Dutch island of Saint Maarten: Princess Juliana International Airport,

Currency:  Legal tender here is officially the Euro, though French Francs and US Dollars are widely accepted.

Climate:  Average temperatures are 70°F in the Winter, and 78°F in the Summer.  A day without sun is a rarity in St Barts! With an average of 3,000 hours of sun per year, there is hardly room for a cloudy day. The least sunny months are May, September, October, November, and December

Water Temperature:  Ocean temperatures vary from a low of 79°F in February to more than 84°F in the summer.

Language:  French is the official language of St. Barts island, but most residents speak at least some English. Creole is also used in some places

Dive Landscape:  St Barts has areas for diving inside the preserve and outside.  The inside locations are easier, with shallower depths.  The western side of the island (leeward side) is better in rough conditions that can be present in the winter months.

Signature Dive Sites: 

The Aquarium:  This beginner site has coral and  sand.  The AVG. depth is  6 meters  with a max depth of 15 meters.

The Big Ugly Cay Islets:  This is a sloped site of coral and sand.  The AVG. depth is 20 meters with a max depth of 22 meters.

The Whale Large Islets:  This site has reefs pinnacles and a wreck.  AVG. depth is 15 meters with a max depth of 2 meters.

The Marignan:  This site has a wreck.  AVG. depth is 9 meters with a max depth of 10 meters.

The Non-Stop:  This site has a wreck.  AVG. depth is 12 meters with a max depth of 14 meters.

The Dakar:  Is a wreck in 10 meters of water with a max depth of 15 meters.

Birdy The Dive:  This sloping site has reef and sand with an AVG. depth of 14 meters and a max depth of 17 meters.

The Long Trail:  This sloping site has reef and sand with an AVG. depth of 20 meters and a max depth of 24 meters.

Helm of Sugar Loaf:  This site has a tunnel, coral and peaks with an AVG. depth of 15 meters and a max depth of 30 meters.

Small Whale Sugarloaf:  This sloping site has reef and rocks with an AVG. depth of 5 meters and a max depth of 15 meters.

Large Whale Sugarloaf:  This sloping site has reef and rocks with an AVG. depth of 15 meters and a max depth of 24 meters.

Sugar Loaf:  This sloping site has reef and rocks with an AVG. depth of 15 meters and a max depth of 24 meters.

The Kayali:  Is a wreck in 25 meters of water with a max depth of 30 meters.

The Angie & Florence: Are wrecks in 15 meters of water with a max depth of 16 meters.

The Red Ass: This sloping site has reef and peaks with an AVG. depth of 12 meters and a max depth of 24 meters.

Falling From Colombier:  This sandy site has an AVG. depth of 16 meters and a max depth of 24 meters.

Shoal of Colombier:  This sloping site has reef and rock with an AVG. depth of 16 meters and a max depth of 25 meters.

Forked:  This sloping site with reef and rock has an AVG. depth of 12 meters with a max depth of 16 meters.

The flaw in Shell Beach:  This sloping site has reef and sand with an AVG. depth of 18 meters and a max depth of 30 meters.

Augusto Dive:  This sloping site has reef and rocks with an AVG. depth of 18 meters and a max depth of 30 meters.

Barrel of Beef:  This sloping site has reef and rock with an AVG. depth of 18 meters and a max depth of 24 meters.

Phallus Dive:  This sloping site has cave and canyon with an AVG. depth of 10 meters and a max depth of 16 meters.

Green Toc:  This site has coral cavities and sand with an AVG. depth of 10 meters and a max depth of 15 meters.

The Chicken:  This site has reefs caves and rocks with an AVG. depth of 14 meters and a max depth of 20 meters.

Chicks:  This site has coral sand and rocks with an AVG. depth of 14 meters and a max depth of 18 meters.

The Cay Gold:  This site has reef pinnacles and rocks with an AVG. depth of 16 meters and a max depth of 32 meters.

Cay of the CSEC:  This site has reef rocks and pinnacles with an AVG. depth of 15 meters and a max depth of 35 meters.

Red Rock:  This site has reef and rock with an AVG. depth of 15 meters and a max depth of 30 meters.

Shoal of Red Rock:  This site has reef rocks and pinnacles with an AVG. depth of 10 meters and a max depth of 24 meters.

Coco North:  This site has reefs rocks and caves with an AVG. depth of 10 meters and a max depth of 24 meters.

Coco South:  This site has reef pinnacles and stairs with an AVG. depth of 15 meters and a max depth of 33 meters.

 

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