Welcome to St. Barts
St. Barts, or St. Barthelemy, is known for its French sophistication.
Once a French colony, St. Barts was traded to Sweden in 1784. This Scandinavian ancestry is apparent even today--the island's inhabitants are fair-skinned, blue-eyed blonds. In 1877, France once again took control of the island, and its influence can be seen in the chic French boutiques and excellent French restaurants.
The island has 14 white sand beaches, all public, but never crowded. One beach, Petite Anse de Galet, is a favorite with shell collectors--the beach is named for the hundreds of tiny shells found on its beaches. Gustavia, named for Swedish King Gustaf III, is the picturesque seaport town. The tiny fishing village of Corossol retains much of the flavor of a seventeenth-century Norman town--some of the older residents even wear the starched bonnets typical of seventeenth-century Norman peasants.
St. Barts is a quiet island known for its relaxing atmosphere. The most popular evening activity for visitors is enjoying fine French dining at one of the island's 100 or so restaurants.