It is separated from Saint Martin by the Saint-Barthélemy Channel.
Saint Barthélemy, is a volcanic island fully encircled by shallow reefs, has an area of 21 km² and a population of 8,823
Its capital is Gustavia, The island covers an area of c. 21 km².
The language, cuisine and culture, however, are distinctly French.
The island is a popular tourist destination during the winter holiday season, especially the rich and famous during the Christmas and New Year period.
The eastern side is wetter than the western. Though an arid terrain, the rainfall still averages 1000 mm but varies very widely.
Summer is from May to November which is also the rainy season.
It has an average temperature of 25°C with day temperatures rising to 32°C.
The average temperature in January is 28°C (22°C) while in July it is 30°C (24°C).
The lowest night temperature recorded is 13°C.
The Caribbean sea waters in the vicinity generally maintain a temperature of about 27°C
Between May and November, brief showers of 10 to 15 minutes are commonplace.
The island faces frequent catastrophic threats of cyclonic storms.
This is how a 20 meter band pile up sounds like in Sainth Barthelémy :
Antenna and equipment during a rest pauze: