My husband and I got married over 10 years ago (wow does time fly). For our honeymoon we were fortunate enough to have stayed on the beautiful island of St. Maarten.
After only being in St. Maarten for a couple of days during our trip, we kept hearing people talk about another beautiful island, the incredible island of St. Barth’s.
Even better was that we could actually gaze at St. Barth’s from the infinity pool of our resort, which was incredible.
With all the buzz we kept hearing about St. Barth’s, I decided we had to visit this island.
I mean I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to explore another place plus get an additional stamp in my passport. Lucky for me I married a man who is almost as spontaneous and adventurous as I am when it comes to travel.
First I typed in St. Barth’s Travel: The Simplest Way To Get To The Island online and unfortunately there wasn’t much information available. So then we decided to talk with a local person in St. Maarten and discovered that you can actually take a day trip (or longer) from St. Maarten to St. Barth’s, either via boat or plane. The plane, although only about a 10 minute flight, is more costly and requires more planning than the approximately 45 minute ferry ride.
Once we weighed our options, we decided to travel to St. Barth’s the simplest way, via ferry, especially since I really wanted to take in the beautiful views while traveling along the Caribbean Ocean. Let me tell you that St. Barth’s truly lives up to its name, the jewel of the French Caribbean.
Fast forward 10 years and my husband and I were able to take an amazing and much-needed kid-free getaway. We chose to go back to St. Maarten, (mainly because we found super cheap airfare, but also because we knew we could easily sneak over to St. Barth’s).
Before it was even time for our trip all we could talk about was exploring more of St. Barth’s. We both agree, despite all of the places we have traveled together throughout the world, that was the one place we constantly reminisced about. Our last trip to St. Barth’s was a while ago, and I wanted to make sure we could still simply get there by ferry, so I started doing a little research. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the same ferry, Voyager, that we took in the past was still the simplest way to get to the island.
If you head over to Voyager’s site you can book one-way or round-trip tickets between St. Maarten and St. Barth’s (Anguilla and other islands as well). You can also book excursions, tours and more. Voyager even offers different classes of travel on their ferries, (eco, business and smart class).
There are two main ports in St. Maarten where you can catch the ferry from, Marigot or Oyster Pond. Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter which port you leave from because the ferry will be sure to bring you to the picturesque harbor of Gustavia, the capital of St Barths.
St. Barth’s Travel: The Simplest Way To Get To The Island
We took a less than 10 minute taxi ride from where we were staying on Dawn Beach in St. Maarten over to Captain Oliver’s Marina in order to grab a quick bite to eat so we could catch the 9:30 am ferry.
I purchased our tickets right at the marina that same morning. They cost about $85 per round trip ticket (don’t forget to bring your passport).
It was a sunny, beautiful, clear, calm day as we boarded the Voyager ferry. Minutes later delicious complimentary guava juice was passed out to sip on during our ride.
Make sure to take advantage of the fact that you will be able to get lots of spectacular photos and video while you are cruising along the Caribbean.
About 45 minutes later, as we pulled into the harbor, my excitement grew when we saw a bunch of beautiful sea turtles swimming peacefully alongside our ferry.
I am already dreaming about the next time I am able to island hop around the Caribbean.
Have you ever visited the jewel of the French Caribbean, St. Barth’s? If not, please be sure to immediately include it on your travel bucket list.
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