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Review of Colombier Beach

Colombier Beach
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Owner description: Relax on this shady, isolated beach - after that 30 minute walk to get there from the main road, you'll need it.
Reviewed November 30, 2012

We discovered this beach in 1995 when a Princess Cruise deverted to St. Bart's because St. Maarten's was overcrowded with cruise ships. To this day, it is one of my most remembered beaches in the Carib after a half dozen cruises. Gentle but present waves. West/northwest views.

Hike was a trip, but that is part of the reason it is more private. There were probably 4 or 5 sailboats in the bay when we went. Crowd went from my wife and I only, to maybe a dozen people. The beach was not extremely long or deep, but everyone had some sense of seclusion and privacy. I remember sandy bottom, not much coral or rock in the water. Great swim, good snorkling. There are a half dozen beaches I really like in the Carib and Hawaii, and this beach has always been among my favorites. No hotels or easy tourist access. It was along time ago that we were at Colombier Beach.

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

There are only two ways to reach this beach: by sea or by hike.

The beach is a beautiful calm bay that is secluded away from the crowds. There are two ways to get there by foot. There is a main Colombier entrance by driving the left fork in the road (there will be a road sign), and then a right entrance which is just past Flamand's beach. On this route, drive past Flamand's and then there will be a round about that seems to be a dead end. It isn't, keep driving and you'll see a a bunch of cars parked near the other entrance. This way is a less steep hike, but still about 20 minutes walk. But worth it!

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We visited Colombier Beach in 2009 via a sailboat charter. We moored overnight in the bay which was beautiful and secluded. Only two other boats were moored overnight. This also meant the beach was totally empty except for us.

However, we named this "Sandblast Beach" because the wind was coming from the NE through a vary narrow valley were you enter the beach. This meant the wind was very focused along the length of the beach thereby picking up sand along the way. We had to leave the beach after a couple of minutes because of the flying sand. We probably did not experience a normal day.

The snorkeling was great. We saw many turtles and found a 8' nurse shark enjoying the shadows underneath the sailboat.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We decided to check out this beach based on a recommendation of a man we met at Govenor's Beach. He told us it was the best beach on the island with the best view. He said not to carry anything. He was right about that but was wrong about everything else. The hike to get to the beach is easily 30-40 minutes of uphill, downhill rocky terrain that you can easily sprain or break your ankle if you are not careful. Better to have sneakers if you want to attempt this hike. Don't be afraid of heights either if you attempt this hike because you will be up close to cliffs. The views here are very nice for pictures but again don't be afraid of heights. Once we got there there is no easy way down to the beach. You can easily hurt yourself if you are not careful. Mostly there was young people attempting this hike that we met along the way. The beach was a disappointment to say the least. The water had seaweed, bolders in your way
when entering the water and not much beach to sit on in compared to others. In my opinion, don't bother with this beach.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We took the 20-25 min hike to Colombier Beach one morning. The hike itself is beautiful with views you can't get anywhere else on the island. The snorkeling was terrific, so bring your gear!

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