The below described walks/hikes are ranked in their difficulty, #1 being the easiest –
- Pt. Milou – Park at Le Ti and walk the circle around Pt. Milou which is mostly flat. There are three extras that can be added: do the outer loop around Pt. Milou; walk down to the Hotel Christopher and back; walk out of Pt. Milou, turn left, go through the security gate, and walk the road through Mont Jean.
- Sunday Ramble in Gustavia – Sunday because the traffic is light and local families are out with their children enjoying their special day together. Park your car in the public parking lot on Quai de la Republique. Take the seaside walkway down past Route des Boucaniers. Check out the Anglican Church across the street and the Catholic Church two streets back. If you’re so inclined, attend the morning services at the church of your choice. The Anglican service is in English.
Walk along the Rue Samuel Falberg headed toward the Hospital. On the left as you start the ascent is a set of steps that leads up to the site of the former Fort Karl. The view from the old fort of Shell Beach, Do Brazil, and the sea is spectacular. Retrace back to the street, and walk on up and right past the hospital on Rue Jean Bart. Take the next left and the next right that will put you on Rue de la Colline with intermittent views of the harbor on the right and the sea on your left. Walk down to Fort Oscar, the current Gendarmerie. Take the little street(steep) down the hill and head for the harbor. Take a left before you hit water, and walk down past the Wall House, then the Museum, and stroll around the Hotel de Ville(Town Hall), where most of the familes with children and their wheeled toys will be enjoying the day.
Walk back towards your car on any of the streets paralleling the harbor. You should be able to find your way back on your own. If you’ve worked up a thirst or an appetite, take with you Kevin’s latest Resto list that shows which ones will be open on Sunday afternoon.
- Lower Path to Colombier Beach – Drive your car past Flamands Beach and past Auberge de la Petite Anse all the way to the end of the road. Park your car and follow the path to Colombier Beach and back.
- Flamands Ranch(Former Site Of) – Drive down the hill towards Flamands Beach and park your car when you hit the flat part. Walk back up the hill past Roc Flamands on your right. Take the next left turn where you see the blank white sign. Walk up to the former site of the Ranch to enjoy a great view.
- Upper Path To Colombier Beach – Drive your car out through the village of Colombier and past Le P’tit Morne Hotel. Park at the end of the pavement. (Before starting the walk, don’t forget to walk up to the lookout site to enjoy the maps and views of the surrounding islands.) Walk straight down the semi-paved road and take a right. Enjoy the walk down to the beach and back, but this one is steeper up and down than the lower path.
- Le Pointe around Le Toiny – Drive on the main road past Le Toiny(coming from the Marigot side), and park down along the left hand side before reaching the only villa on the ocean side of the road, Chez Nureyev. Find the path, walk down to the beach, and turn left toward Le Toiny. Keep walking along the beach past Le Toiny’s beach chairs until you run into the path that follows the coast. It should be quite visible. Follow the path toward the point and climb the steps built into the hill. Continue on the path to the paved road above Le Toiny. Walk down past Le Toiny, turn left on the main road, and head back to your car. Make sure to bring your camera for shooting the numerous goats in this area. (This walk can be very breezy).
- Washing Machine/Natural Pools – Drive over the mountain at Grand Fond and head down toward the sea. You will come to a dog leg turn to the left. Do not make the turn, but park your car to your right in the small carpark(4 cars). Walk past the turn and take the path on your right that goes between a stone wall and the brush. When you come out on the stone beach, turn right and follow the sea and the path up the hill. Climb down to the natural pools when they come in site and take a dip if you’re so inclined, but watch out for the black, spiny sea urchins.
- Upper and Lower Colombier Beach Hike – Park your car near Le Pigeonnaire in the Village of Colombier. Walk out past Le P’tit Morne and follow directions for Upper Path down to Colombier Beach. Continue past the beach and walk back along the other coast on the lower path. Keep walking when you get to the pavement past Auberge de la Petite Anse. Continue walking on the road that parallels Flamands Beach until you get to the turnoff for La Langouste/Baie des Anges on your left. This is crucial. Turn right and walk up the steep road(20-25% grade) until you get to the main road through the Village of Colombier. Turn right and walk to Pigeonnaire to reclaim your car.
- Hike to Chauvette Beach from Saline – Do not go without a guide. The route along the coast from Saline requires some climbing on rocks that are often slippery and wet. If you take the path through private property, make sure your guide has obtained permission from the owner.
- Hike from Grand Fond over Morne Rouge to Saline Beach(aka Cactus and Goat Poop Climb/Hike) – Do not go without a guide and at least three people. Involves much rock climbing.