And for shopping?
Gustavia, the harbour capital of the island, is the place to shop on the tax free island. All the biggest brand names sit along Rue de la Republique with sleek and chic boutiques lining the waterfront. Hermes, Dior, Armani and Ralph Lauren all at 15% cheaper than US prices, ideal to pick up signature beach towels or a Cartier Tank watch, the essential accessories for the rich and glamorous. The story goes that the shops close when cruise ships send in dinghies full of hopeful shoppers though. Apparently they don’t want that type of clientele…
If you have a smaller budget opt for a St Barts souvenir t-shirts, baseball caps or canvas bag that proudly states: St Barts, French West Indies.
What about sight-seeing?
The first sight to take your breath away is the notorious landing strip. Pilots need a special license to touch down here, and should you ever visit you’ll know why! The arrival in an 8-seat propeller plane is awe-inspiring.
Next are the stunning beaches. The Anse de Grande Saline is a favourite. Its fine white sandy beach is set in an unspoilt and wild cove where the crystal clear turquoise waters are perfect for snorkelling.
To get from one beach to another it’s essential to have wheels. The car of choice here is the Jimny jeep that copes well with the hilly and bumpy terrain. No Ferraris on this volcanic island!
For a little more action try Jet Skiing. St Barts is one of the only Caribbean islands to condone the noisy toys alongside windsurfing, parasailing and yachting. If island fever grips you, charter a boat to take you across to St Maarten for a spot of shopping or gambling, or just drop into the beautiful La Samanna resort for lunch with a view and enjoy their glorious pool and beach.