The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 who named it after his brother Bartolomeo. St. Barts was for many years a French commune forming part of Guadeloupe, which is a department of France and therefore in the European Union. It was given to Sweden in 1784 but they returned it to France in 1877. In 1946, the people of the island became French citizens with full rights. So now, the language, cuisine and culture are French.
The volcanic island is encircled by shallow reefs and has an area of 25 square kilometers.
The capital is Gustavia, which also contains the main harbor on the island.
The population is spread over 2 different territories:
20 quartiers leeward (sous le vent) and 20 quartiers windward (au vent).
The climate is very comfortable with an average temperature of 25 °C and not much humidity. Sunshine is prominent almost all through the year, even during the rainy season. Summer, unfortunately also the rainy season, is from May to November
Due to wealthy tourists, St. Barts has a high standard of living and is known for its exclusivity. Especially during winter, the Christmas and New Year period, the rich and famous come on the island, mostly with their yachts up to 550ft.
St. Barts is known for its white sandy beaches and gourmet dining.
The island has about 25 hotels, most of them with just 15 rooms or even fewer, to assure tranquility and discretion. But mostly, the tourists rent of one the 400 private villas.
The natural beauty and security of people and their belongings are major priorities in Saint Barts, more than in most other places in the world. Protecting the environment is very important. St Barts is an intimate, prestigious little rock in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
Those who want to be active can go hiking and discovering the beautiful island.
The warm waters also call for diving, deep-sea fishing, surfing, sailing or motorboat
excursions and jet skis.
Or you can gaze at the great architecture, like monuments,
which testify to the colonial regime of the Spanish, Swedes, the British and the French.
There are 3 forts, built by the Swedes, on the island or you can visit the
“Eglise anglicane de Gustavia”, the lighthouse and the territorial museum.
St Barts is also known for its fine dining.
But relaxation of the fabulous beaches remains the principal activity in St. Barts.
Superb 14 beaches call for lazy days in the shade of the coconut palms.
Or you benefit from the great spa and massage offers that the hotels propose.
The famous Ligne St. Barth’s cosmetics and perfumes are exclusively manufactured on the island of St. Barthélemy.
St. Barts is a must for all yachtsmen and wealthy people.
It’s a dreamland, a far-away place without the constraints of everyday life.
Excellence, luxury, serenity are the perfect adjectives to describe this unusual island.
"It’s the picture of perfection!"