Located in the French West Indies, St. Barthelemy (called St. Barts for short) is only eight miles square. For a long time this island was paradise for a few millionaires, such as David Rockefeller and Edmond de Rothschild and the Biddles of Philadelphia. Today with the opening of more hotels, St. Barts is developing a broader tourism base, although it is still a celebrity favourite in the Caribbean.
You’ll find 22 beaches, from hidden rocky covers to wide stretches of powdery sand. The tiny port of Gustavia is home to many chic boutiques and fine cafes. The island boasts over 60 restaurants. The island can trace its history not only to France, but to Sweden, which established a duty-free port in Gustavia, which still exists today. A good place to buy liquor and French perfumes, at some of the lowest prices in the Caribbean.
Baie de St. Jean on the north shore bustles with eateries and water-sports activities. For an au naturel setting, go to beautiful Anse de Grand Saline.
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