Saint-Barthélemy (St Barts) is a French island located in the Caribbean among the Leeward Islands. It lies near the islands of Saint Martin, Saba and Anguilla off the coast of Puerto Rico. Gustavia is the main town on St Barts, and has long been considered a playground of the rich and famous. It’s known for its beautiful pristine beaches, gourmet dining in chic bistros and high-end designer shopping.
Excellent shopping can be found on Quai de la Republique, Rue du General De Gaulle, and Rue Oscar II. The shopping is within easy walking distance of the tender wharf. The flea market and pastry stores in Gustavia are also a treat for tourists.
Exploring Gustavia you’ll find the St. Barths museum which is small, but somewhat interesting and the fort at the northern end of the harbor ( Fort Gustav III) offers great views of the harbor for photo opportunities. Shell Beach is popular for families with kids as it has little surf, and lots of tide pools.
Things to See & Do
* St Bart’s museum
* Fort Gustav III
* Shell Beach
* Water sports
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Euro (€)
Language – French
Land Area – 21 sq km
Population – 6,900
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – 590
Port Location – There is no pier in St. Barths and smaller ships anchor off of the main town of Gustavia. Ships then tender into the tender wharf in Gustavia.
Transport Links – Saint Barts has a small airport that is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. The nearest commercial jet airport is on the neighboring island of Saint Martin. There are also charters to Saint Barts from San Juan, Puerto Rico available through Tradewind Aviation.
Rental cars are available and a minibus called Le Shuttle can take you anywhere on the island.