Beaches, Hotels and Designer Shops
Saint Barthélemy, a French-speaking Caribbean island commonly referred to as St. Barts, is known for its white-sand beaches, chic hotels and designer shops. The capital, Gustavia, surrounds a yacht-filled harbour and combines high-end dining, designer shops, with historical attractions.
At just eight square miles, tiny St. Barts is a diamond in the rough – arid and hilly, with a handful of good beaches and small neighbouring islands. This includes the secluded Anse a Colombier, a nature reserve and one of the best anchorages for snorkelling. And Ile Fourchue, a private islet to the north, a delightful anchorage, where you can jump off the back of Nemo and see stunning tropical fish, rays and turtles.
After hundreds of years of back and forth between European powers, St. Barts became a French province in 1877. Most of the residents are French-speaking descendants of the first Norman and Breton settlers, so French is the official language, though just about everyone can converse in English.
Gustavia is the main town, with a harbour full of impressive yachts and fabulous duty-free shopping for French and Italian goods. Most of the island’s 100 restaurants are here, and French cuisine is on par with some of the world’s best dining. Seafood is tops, from tuna and spiny lobster to fish soup and salt cod fritters, prepared with imported ingredients that arrive twice a week from the United States and France.
Sailing Holidays in Style
Whether you are travelling solo, as a couple or a group, you will have an unforgettable crewed cabin charter with BlueFoot Travel. Book your private cabin and relax, enjoy delicious food, get hands-on sailing experience, and have lots of fun as we sail from one beautiful island to the next. So select a trip and join us in St Barts and create some amazing experiences you can share with your friends and family.
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