This town with its rather vague boundaries is the focal point of the island and is the biggest settlement on St Barts. It extends from the foot of La Tourmente hill, which planes skim as they come into land, as far as Coupe-Gorge, where the winding road looks down over the sea before dropping down to Lorient.
Its beach, which is probably the most iconic on the island, offers all sorts of water sports. It can be accessed from four points along the road: from the end of the runway, Tom Beach Hotel, Eden Rock Hotel or Nikki Beach. Saint-Jean is undoubtedly the tourist area par excellence, with its string of hotels, rental villas, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, including La Savane opposite the airport, Les Galeries du Commerce with its gas station by the runway, Les Mangliers just behind it, the shops at Nikki Beach as well as La Créole and Centre Valval.
As you head inland, Saint-Jean also comprises Carénage (take the road to Salines from the Eden Rock Hotel), les Hauts de Saint-Jean (take the road leading up from Nikki Beach) and the island’s sports complex with a stadium, archery range, martial arts dojo, tennis and beach volleyball courts, skate park, playground and swimming pool (take the junction by the gas station).