St Barts Governours Beach is one of the most secluded beaches on the entire island. Often referred to as Anse de Gouveneur, it sits on the south shore and offers some of the best views of island neighbors St. Eustatius, Saba, and St Kitts. Arriving at St Barts Governours Beach is a memorable experience; visitors arrive via a steep, meandering mountain road, one of the nicest stretches of scenery in the southern region. Just be sure to arrive early to secure a parking spot, load up your gear, and walk the 1/8 mile path down to the sand.
Though nude sunbathing is technically prohibited on St Barts, it does happen and St Barts Governours Beach is one of the most popular spots. Extra-appealing is the privacy factor here. With a very long stretch of sand flanking the water’s edge, visitors are not neck-to-neck, rather, there is more than enough space to accommodate. The least inhibited of visitors walk the farthest to the very end of the beach. Many come from the small community of Lurin where there are scores of villas and some St Barts hotels offering great access to Anse de Gouveneur, and Shell Beach where renowned Eden Rock Hotel is.
There are several points of interest near this lovely beach including Hotel Manapany Cottages & Spa, Tom Beach Hotel Saint Barthelemy, Hotel Le Village Saint Jean, and Tropical Hotel, each about a mile away. Also nearby is the main town of Gustavia, which is filled with dining and shopping opportunities as well as some sightseeing, museums, and galleries. Diversifying your day is easy when heading to St Barts Governours Beach. Start out in Gustavia, enjoying breakfast or lunch, a look around the boutiques, and maybe even a cruise out on the water. Back in the port, drive south to Anse de Gouveneur and enjoy a relaxing afternoon under the sun, snorkeling and diving, windsurfing, and swimming.