St Barts, also known as Saint Barthélemy, is the most distinctive of the islands of the French West Indies. It is a mere eight square miles comprised solely of volcanic rock, home to a dizzying array of natural wonders and animal life, and boasts 14 beaches. Spotted by the intrepid explorer Christopher Columbus in 1493, the island's inhabitants are mainly descendants from the original French settlements, and a smattering of other transplants with their roots in Europe.
The island has long been a refuge for the rich and famous, due to its breathtaking white sand beaches, fine dining establishments, and chic up-market shopping. Many opportunities for sporty activities abound, with everything from sailing to scuba diving to tennis and everything in between available. St Barts provides many choices of accommodation for visitors on holiday, including luxury villas and rental apartments.
Gustavia holiday rentals
Gustavia, the capital city of St. Barts, was given its name by Swedish occupants in honor of their King Gustav III in 1785, and has been a vibrant port community for many centuries. This charming and picturesque harbor town boasts many architectural gems, including Anglican Episcopal Church built in 1855. Fort Karl and Fort Gustave, no longer required as protection, today are popular hiking spots for tourists and locals alike, and provide stunning views of the harbor. At the very tip of the peninsula is Fort Oscar, which is home to the Ministry of Armed Forces. A museum dedicated to the rich and varied history of the island is also nestled in this lovely area. The unbelievably gorgeous Shell Beach
is also just a short walk from Gustavia. There are also countless high-end boutiques and superb restaurants at one's disposal.
St. Jean Accommodation
The centrally located town of St. Jean was once defended by the Cosairs employing a battery of cannons situated in the bay. Later in the 1950s it became the location of Eden Rock, the island's first hotel. Eden Rock was a favorite vacation spot of American tycoon David Rockefeller, who is credited by some as leading other jet-setting Americans to discover this tropical island paradise. St. Jean contains miles of pristine beach, which manages to remain peaceful and serene even during the peak of tourist season. The area also includes the second largest shopping center on the island.