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“Beach from Heaven. Hike from Hell.”
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 24 July 2017 via mobile

Phenomenally beautiful beach. The hike down was long and a little scary, because of the loose stones on the path. Met nice people while floating around in the crystal clear, calm water. Most had arrived by hired boat. Good call! The hike back up was "heat stroke" bad. We even noticed one of the rock formations looked like a skull! The only one laughing by the time we got back to the car was the goat watching us climb up. Definitely going back... on a boat!

Thank asinger2
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"flip flops"
in 15 reviews
"on foot"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful hike"
in 8 reviews
"lower trail"
in 6 reviews
"bring water"
in 10 reviews
"great snorkeling"
in 9 reviews
in 10 reviews
"wear good shoes"
in 4 reviews
"bottle of water"
in 3 reviews
"an umbrella"
in 9 reviews
"physical condition"
in 3 reviews
"st barths"
in 14 reviews
"clear water"
in 8 reviews
"minute walk"
in 8 reviews
"low season"
in 5 reviews
"in great shape"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
in 3 reviews

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

Colombier is a beach that is part of a natural marine reserve. We went by boat, but you can also reach it on foot, if you enjoy hiking.
It is a secluded beach, with white sand and with hardly anyone on it. It's perfect for snorkeling or just swimming. Like paradise!!!

1  Thank FromSaoPaulo
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Well worth the hike in. Great snorkeling especially with kids. My 4 and 6 year olds both made the hike fine, but they needed adult hands as much of the hike had a narrow, steep path. We loved seeing the wildlife on the hike including turtles and goats.

Thank Jessica R
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Finding this place was a bit tough. There are two ways to get here. One is a steep walk down from the lookout and one is a path in between Colombier and Flamands. That's what we did. It's not physically difficult.

When the GPS says you've arrived, just keep driving. You'll come to roundabout. Take the exit to your left down a dirt-ish road. You'll see a few little building on your right and then cars will be parked on the side of the road. You've arrived. Find a spot to park and head out.

At the end of the road, you'll see a sign for Colombier. You're on the path.

It's a comfortable 30 minute walk in my opinion. We passed people walking in wet flip flops. This seems extremely unsafe. Wear tennis shoes. There are portions of the hike where you are climbing over rocks. It's not physically difficult, but it's not hard to imagine slipping and falling to your death. There's no railing to catch you or anything.

We also passed a few groups doing the hike with small children. This also seems like a no no to me. There are portions of the walk I just wouldn't feel comfortable small children could handle.

The first part of the walk is relatively flat as you slowly work your way up the hill. The last few minutes before reaching the beach is a fairly thin path with a steep drop off to the ocean. You'll walk single file.

The view on your walk is gorgeous. It's a nature preserve for turtles. It rained while we were there and so many beautiful turtles came out. And then you magically reach this beautiful beach.

As others have said, pack everything you need for your time at the beach - there are no shops here.

We loved this beach and Shell beach but Gouvenour was our favorite.

1  Thank Madyson B
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

I've seen many reviews about a 20 minute walk, for me it was s 30 minute,150 ft descent virtually straight down the mountain thru rough terrain. The hike back up was more difficult and longer, my wife is in great shape, for her not a big issue.
Make sure you are wearing shoes and not sandals. In short, if you are in shape or moderate shape, take the hike, if you're not (be honest), I'd suggest taking a boat ride over. The scenery is beautiful as you walk thru some dense vegetation and a few clearings for photo op near some rocks.
When you get there, the beach is amazing, clear water, white sand and plenty of space to spread out from others.

Thank Todd R
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