The island of St Barts is just 8 square miles in size, but that doesn’t stop it from being a popular getaway destination. It is full of rolling hills and some great beaches, and it is clear to see why visitors instantly fall in love and explorer Christopher Columbus named it after his brother.
St Barts became a French province in 1877, and most residents are French speaking descendants of the first Normand and Breton settlers.
Gistavia is the main town, with a harbour full of impressive yachts, many high end restaurants and plenty of duty free shopping. There are more than a dozen beaches packed into the island, from the secluded Anse a Colombier to the more popular Baie de St. Jean, all of which are public and free. In addition to spending days on the beaches, there is plenty to do on St Barts – snorkelling, windsurfing, diving and fishing are all popular activities and can be found at various spots around the island.