1- La Tourmente : A bird’s eye view of the tiny airport which occupies one of the few flat areas of the island. The planes skim the hill to touch down on a runway that measures only 2100 ft. and ends at the water’s edge.
Overlook St Jean’s Beach where a battery of cannons once provided protection from pirate ships. In its place is the beautiful Eden Rock Hotel, the island's oldest.
2- Panoramic view overlooking the Salines : once part of an active salt producing industry on St Barths. The old salt marshes are home to rare species of birds that delight the patient bird watcher.
3- Panoramic view of the Grand Fond Valley : Small village of 200 inhabitants facing the Atlantic Ocean and the prevailing trade winds. On the left is the Island's highest summit, the Morne Vittet (940 ft).
4- Stop near ‘Noureyev’s House’ : Observe the low stone walls which served to divide the properties on the windwardside.
5- Photo stop near the house of ‘Pompi’ : View of Turtle Island, Petit and Grand Cul de Sac and their lagoons.
6- View of the Antlatic Ocean, an exposed coral reef and a peaceful lagoon.
7- Marigot Bay: where the currents of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet.
8- Panoramic view from the cliffs of Pointe Milou to those of Pointe Monjean
9- Lorient : a small town built on a long and beautiful white sand beach. Just outside of town is the Catholic Church and school.
10- Enjoy the view of St Jean's Beach
11- You will return in Gustavia and stop in front of your restaurant « Ti Zouk K’Fé » for lunch, with time enough for swimming at Shell beach (ask at the restaurant where the beach is located) or for last shopping in very nice duty-free boutiques...
Peacefully inhabited by the Arawak Indians followed by the cannibalistic and warring Caraïbes, the Island was sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and named in honor of his brother " Bartholomeo ". St. Barthelemy (St. Barths) became a French Colony in the 17th century but French attempts at colonization were made so difficult that in 1785 Louis XVI traded the Island to the King of Sweden in exchange for warehouses in Gothenburg.
At first, the economy flourished (St. Barths became a duty free port), but it was soon followed by a serious decline and the Swedes gave the Island back to the French in 1877. It became part of the Department of Guadeloupe in 1946.
The majority of the population of St. Barths trace their roots to the first French settlers.
This tiny island covers 10 sq miles and enjoys a superb yet dry climate.
Although lack of rain limits the luxuriance of floral vegetation the island still remains a feast for the eyes with tropical birds and a breathtaking underwater world of flora and fauna.
The ambiance of the island is very natural and pure despite being a Jet set destination.
The Wall House, built during the Swedish period and recently restored, houses the Municipal Museum. Stop in to learn about the Franco-Swedish history of St Barths . Also worth seeing in Gustavia is the Old Swedish Bell Tower and the Anglican and Catholic Churches. History lovers will enjoy Fort Gustave and the orientation table pointing out the neighboring islands.
St Barths is a must for designer fashions, unique paintings and art objects. The most elegant shops are mingled in the center of Gustavia and in St Jean.
From the time the Rockefellers built a home here, St Barths has attracted the biggest international stars and millionaires. You might come across one at The Select , a famous bar in Gustavia.
St. Barths has 22 beaches, each more beautiful than the next.
Shell Beach has the advantage of being just behind Gustavia (10 min walking).
St Jean, is a long white sand beach close to the tiny airport, shops and restaurants.
Baie des Flamands, is shaded by a grove of Latanier Palms used for weaving.
Gouverneur, a superb beach with turquoise water is near Lurin.
Saline, a long wild beach with fine sand is a popular spot for naturists.
Known for its hand woven palm frond crafts and its extensive shell museum.
Statut : Département français (Guadeloupe)
Capitale : Gustavia
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