Located in the French Caribbean, the tropical island of St Barts is relatively unspoiled and abounds in stunning white sandy beaches, scintillating turquoise waters, breathtaking vistas, and best Caribbean restaurants and cafes. If you love traveling and haven’t been to St Barts, you probably have missed exploring one of the serenest places in the Caribbean.
Call it St Barthelemy or St Barths, this small Caribbean island is located near St Martin and Anguilla and is best known for its stunning beaches, intimate and friendly people, and ideal climate, making it the best place to be in during a Caribbean holiday. The enchanting St Barts beaches are open to the public and add to the beauty of the island – one of the hidden gems in the Caribbean known for topless and nude sunbathing.
A holiday in St Barts means spending whole day at any of its 22 beaches and relaxing at one of the luxurious villas or resorts, which offer panoramic view of the island and the ocean. You will find St. Jean and Grand Cul de Sac beaches bustling with tourists and locals alike. For true seclusion, prefer the private Anse Colombier, Gouvernier, Grand Saline, and Flamands beaches.
A St Barts holiday offers you the best of seafood available anywhere on earth. A visit to the fishing village of Corossol would offer you a glimpse of the traditional Norman culture, and you would experience Caribbean intimacy and find yourself immersed in the sea of hospitality. Find women weaving lantana straw handicrafts in cotton-candy-colored wooden houses decked with fishing nets – a true picture of the traditional Caribbean life.
If you are a history lover, you would love to explore Gustavia’s historic sites, especially the Wall House Museum and Fort Gustav. The fascinating InterOceans Museum is another fabulous attraction on the island. Home to a huge seashell collection from each of the seven seas and five oceans, the museum is virtually one of the most awe-inspiring places on the island.
For shopping lovers, St Barts is a paradise, particularly capital Gustavia. With five shopping centers along the main road, St-Jean is the core of shopping action on the mesmerizing island. There is so much on offer in the Caribbean that you would be tempted to shop – be it exquisite souvenirs, porcelain, native crafts, colorful beachwear, evening fashions, and tropical shirts, elegant watches, intricately woven straw goods, or glittering jewelry. Tourists visiting the island find the La Ligne St. Barth a shopping haven for cosmetics and perfumes, with exquisite French perfumes sold at unbelievable prices – even cheaper than in France.
Exploring the narrow streets of Gustavia on foot is a wonderful experience, and you will get to explore the 18th-century French stone buildings, encompassing beautiful galleries, gourmet eateries, chic boutiques, and a Municipal Museum.
Visiting a paradise island and not indulging in adventure water sports is like doing injustice to yourself. Enjoy windsurfing, cliff-diving, snorkelling, sailing, scuba diving, fishing, and boating in St Barts and give yourself the opportunity to take pleasure in all that the island offers. August is the month of festivity in St Barts, with the whole island singing in one tone, dancing, and rejoicing and colorful fireworks lighting up the whole sky. Choose St Barts as your next holiday destination; you won’t regret your decision!