With a surface of 9.5 square miles, Saint-Barthélemy
is the smallest island in the archipelago.
But what a wonder! "Saint-Barts", as it is familiarly known, is a unique island in The Antjlles : a century of Swedish rule and a population made up almost exclusively of descendants from Normandy, Brittany and Poitevin who came here in the 17th century. They give Saint -Barthélemy its unique character in the Caribbean. What characterizes Saint-Barts above aIl, is the breathtaking beauty of nature here and the relaxed, congenial atmosphere that reigns on the island.
The countryside is made up of small hills (mornes) and valleys covered with pastures and savannas. Ouaint, pastel-colored houses harmoniously tucked away among the hills are charming in the green or sun-scorched countryside, depending on the season.
The island possesses a wide range of magnificent beaches - some 20 - with both calm and turbulent waters depending on whether they are found "up wind" or "down wind", but they are always blue.
This is a paradise for those who like to lounge around, and for those who are more active, aIl your favorite water sports can be practiced and in ideal conditions!
The island is also known for the variety and quality of its restaurants. Whether gastronomic or traditional, the restaurants of Saint-Barts bring together ingredients to make of each meal a great, festive moment.
In addition, an excellent selection of hotels and rental accommodations are available.
With its duty-free status, the capital of Gustavia is the true heart of this small island.
Built around a magnificent harbor, you will appreciate Gustavia for the quality shopping to be found in the many luxury boutiques displaying the most prestigious brands in the world.