Hélène is the perfect guide to head off on the various trails which often cross private properties in Saint Barthélemy
This is a unique opportunity to discover the nooks and crannies of the island and visitors can choose a programme that suits their physical condition and liking. Everything is possible, from setting off on a path along the coastline to observe the seabirds climb up to higher grounds to enjoy striking views of the island, of the Caribbean and of neighbouring islands like Sint Maarten or Anguilla.
Discovering an exceptional natural site
The richness of the botanical biodiversity is really dazzling. Various species of cactus plants such as the night blooming cereus (Cephalocereus peruvianus), the ‘Tête d’Anglais’ (literally English’s Head) cactus species, the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.), trees such as the pink trumpet tree (Tabebuia pallida) or the tree of life (Guaiacum officinale) and a multitude of splendid tropical flowers.
The fauna is not to be outdone either, with an amazing animal biodiversity. Various bird species live permanently or seasonally on the island.
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful ballet of pelicans in search of food which can unremittingly dive for hours to catch fish that venture too close to the surface of the water. Pelican’s Rock, on the wild coast in the vicinity of the Toiny hotel, is an ideal observation spot. Egrets, herons, Black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) and gannets, amongst others, can be admired from this viewpoint.