Caribbean Tourism

ST. BART'S: as it's called, is eight square miles and just a short air hop from the island of St. Martin.

St. Bart's, as it's called, is eight square miles and just a short air hop from the island of St. Martin. But it's worlds away. Where it is matters less to those who return year after year than what it is -- the singular chic island enclave for its European clientele.


Gustavia harbor is heaven to those in touch with the good life -- a small and elite corner of the French Caribbean.

The island is neat as a pin, charming and obviously affluent, though luxury stays on a comparatively small scale. Casual good taste is the rule. Days are spent boating and beaching or lolling on the decks of chic hotels, waiting for meal time, with advance reservations to tick off one more recommendation on a long list of fine local French restaurants. Food here is fabulous. Wine lists are legendary. And a large part of the sightseeing takes place from good tables at the island's eateries.

If you seek true island simplicity, drive out to the small settlement at Corossol where shy ladies in crisp Breton sunbonnets weave intricate patterns with latania palms. Then stop to view the sunset from the lighthouse at Fort Gustave.

Otherwise, the basics are the best. Grocery stores are gourmet. Department stores are duty free. Boutiques are bountiful. Credit cards come in handy. It's not cheap, but those who choose it say it's well worth the price.


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ST. BARTHELEMY: HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES: * Air Caraibes. * Air Guadeloupe. * Air St. Barthelemy. * Air St. Thomas. * Windward Islands Airways....

St. Barthelemy (St. Barts): MONEY/ BUSINESS GUID

BANKS: * Banque Francaise Commerciale. * Banque Nationale de Paris. * Credit Agricole. * Credit Martiniquais. BANKING...

ST. BARTHELEMY (ST. BARTS): COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY: St. Barthelemy (or St. Barts) lies 125 miles northwest of Guadeloupe and 15 miles southeast of St. Martin. The total land area...

ST. BARTHELEMY (ST. BARTS): WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING: Restaurants available-French and Creole. Asian and Italian also available. NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes-Wine Bars....

ST. BARTHELEMY (ST. BARTS): USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES: In St. Barthelemy (St. Barts) [Main Official]: Office du Tourisme / St. Barthélemy Tourist Office B.P. 113, Gustavia...

Saint-Barthelemy

Saint-Barthelemy Saint-Barthelemy (St Barts or St Barth’s), in the Leewards, has lush volcanic hillsides and 32 splendid white sandy beaches, most of which...

Before Travelling

Hospitals and Medical Facilities: T276035. Doctor on call: T277304. Useful Addresses Gendarmerie: T276012. Police: T276666. Fire: T276231....