Situated in the Caribbean, the island of Saint Barthelemy, also known as St-Barth, is renowned for its picture-perfect white-sand beaches. The island also features soaring mountains, dramatic cliffs and rolling hills covered in lush tropical vegetation dotted with exotic flowers. Famed as a holiday destination for the rich and famous, this scenic island is dotted with charming luxury hotels, superb restaurants and elegant upmarket boutiques. Visitors can look forward to exploring the island’s capital, Gustavia, with its glitzy yacht-filled Marina; sampling local French cuisine; as well as soaking up the views from the 17th-century Fort Karl. Other popular activities include: surfing, snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, and diving.
In Saint-Barthélemy, the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a relatively cool season, from December to April, called "the Lent", and a warm and humid season, from May to November, called "the Wintering". In the wettest months, from August to November, from 115 to 130 mm (4.5 to 5 in) of rain fall per month. However, rain showers or clear skies can occur at any time during the year.
Hurricanes may occur any time in St. Barts from June through November and, historically, the most likely time is during September. However, climate change may alter long-standing patterns. Progressive technology brings more sophisticated storm warning systems every year. In fact, the average monthly temperatures remain remarkably stable, varying by only about 3º C (5º F) year-round.