About Saint Barthélemy
Saint Barthélemy, officially the Territorial collectivity of Saint-Barthélemy called Ouanalao by the indigenous people, is an overseas collectivity of France in the West Indies. Often abbreviated to St-Barth in French, and St. Barths or St. Barts in English, the island lies about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of St. Martin and north of St. Kitts. Puerto Rico is 240 kilometres (150 mi) to the west in the Greater Antilles.
Saint Barthélemy, a volcanic island fully encircled by shallow reefs, has an area of 25 square kilometres (9.7 sq mi) and a population of 7,160. Its capital is Gustavia, which also contains the main harbour. It is the only Caribbean island that was a Swedish colony for any significant length of time; Guadeloupe was under Swedish rule only briefly at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Symbolism from the Swedish national arms, the Three Crowns, still appears in the island’s coat of arms. The language, cuisine, and culture, however, are distinctly French. The island is a popular tourist destination during the winter holiday season, geared towards the high-end, luxury tourist market.
Must See and Do
- Gustavia – It’s easy to see why Gustavia is seen as the capital of St. Barth. Unique independent boutiques and the world’s most desirable fashion sit cosily next to each other on palm-shaded roads, all surrounded by a glittering, yacht-filled harbour.
- Beaches – Lorient Beach is a great place to visit with family, Flamands Beach is favourite with islanders due to its fine white sands and sporting pitches, Flamands is also the largest beach on the island. Shell Beach is studded with (surprise surprise) shells and large sea-smoothed stones, Shell Beach is within easy walking distance of Gustavia and Gouverneur Beach Rumored location of buried pirate treasure, is a great place for families as the short distance between the beach and the sea means it is easy to keep an eye on little ones, both on the sand and in the water.
- St. Jean – One of the most popular destinations on St. Barth, and for a good reason. Centred around one of the most famous beaches on the island, the long stretch of white sand is surrounded by a string of popular hotels, restaurants and shops which cater to visitors of all ages.
- Lorient – In the village of Lorient you’ll find Jojo Burger, two grocery shops and a bakery all within walking distance of the popular family-friendly beach. Visit the colourful surf hut on the beach itself to book lessons, hire boards and pick up some surfing tips from the experts.
- Dining – Creole is possibly the most traditional cooking you can enjoy on St. Barth, but the French influence means the island has a long history of outstanding French cuisine. Despite being a small island, you can dine on cuisine from all over the world without even leaving Gustavia. Thai, Japanese, American, Italian and Vietnamese are just a few of the dining options available in the picturesque red-roofed town.
- Scuba Diving – St. Barth is an ideal place to scuba dive. Four shipwrecks and a protected marina ensure that there is plenty to explore for divers of all abilities. There’s a wide variety of underwater life to discover, including pretty little angelfish and parrotfish, stingrays, turtles, barracudas and even the occasional whale.
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