Saint Barthélemy is also known as St Barts is now an overseas collectivity of France. The islands are of volcanic in origin and they are surrounded by numerous reefs. The capital of the island is Gustavia. St. Barts is famous for its beaches because there are about twenty beaches total on the island. Each beach has its own character, making each St. Barts vacation unique in its own way! Most of the beaches are rarely crowded, even during the peak season of the year. The most popular beach on the island is St. Jean. On this beach, there are hotels, water-sports and restaurants. Some beaches are even very secluded and preferred by some for privacy, including the small beach of Marigot. Visiting St. Barts can be taken either alone or with loved ones. Either way, however, you will have your breath taken away.

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GEOGRAPHY OF ST BARTS VACATIONS

St Barts, or Saint-Barthélemy is a french speaking Caribbean Island that is known for it's luxury lifestyle. The island is located between the islands of Anguilla and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis. The island is considered part of the French West Indies. The land area of the island is only 8.5 sq mi miles and a population of 8,000-9,000. There are a total of 22 public beaches on the island of St Barts.

HISTORY OF ST BARTS VACATIONS

St Barts was originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and was named after Bartolomeo Columbus, the brother of Christopher Columbus. In 1784 the island was sold to Sweden so the French could gain trading rights in Sweden's port of Gothenburg. In 1878 the island was bought back by France and still retains the status of a Free Port. In 1946 the citizens of St Barts were granted French citizenship. When David Rockefeller bought a villa on the island, it's status rocketed as an exclusive vacation destination. In 2007 the island became known as the Overseas Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy. The citizens elected their 1st President Bruno Magras. And the island became tax-free.

CULTURE OF ST BARTS VACATIONS

The culture on St Barts is very traditionally French and proper and not casual.

Many school-aged children are taught the song, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” We are taught as children that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, but there have been many speculations as to whether this is true or not. However, it is true that Columbus discovered a completely different location only a year later, in 1493: Saint Barthélemy. Saint Barthélemy, or better known as St. Barts Island, is an overseas collectivity of France in the French Caribbean. This French Caribbean Island is most known for its beaches, sporting activities such as hiking and horse riding, dining with gourmet food imported from the United States and France, shopping, nightlife and art, music and film festivals. Many people take vacations in St. Barts for the popular attractions of this French Caribbean Island. These luxury St. Barts getaways are a one-of-a-kind experience.

Tourism is an enormous currency for the economy of St. Barthélemy, appealing to around 200,000 tourists each year. When sight-seers stay at St. Barts, they feel as though they are natives of the magnificent island. During the last twenty years, the population of St. Barts has more than doubled because natives are not leaving and visitors continue to make this area of the French Caribbean their home. People visiting St. Barts could soon find themselves living on the island! Coral reefs, crystal clear waters and blue-green lagoons encircle the St. Barts Island. Many visitors choose to simply take advance of the relaxation in the French Caribbean, others go to look at the beautiful scenery, eat the French cuisine and meet the friendly people who live on the island. No wonder St. Barts are referred to as heaven on earth!

The towns of Gustavia and St. Jean are known for their tax free shopping, where you can stock up on numerous exotic and expensive items from France without the additional cost of import duties or taxes.

St Barts is considered one of the safest places in the world and in the Caribbean.

LANDMARKS OF ST BARTS VACATIONS

Beaches are the top draw for visitors to St Barts. There are 14 white sandy beaches that are open to the public. Some of the more prominent beaches are:

* Corossol Beach - Which is a traditional fishing village.
* Anse des Cayes Beach - Which is a top surfing destination.
* Marigot Beach - Is surrounded by palm trees and is ideal for snorkeling
* Lorient Beach - Located on the north shore it has a reef protected stretch of sand.
* Colombier (“Rockefeller’s”) Beach - this beach is known for its seclusion as the only way to get access is via boat or to hike for 30-minutes along a goat path.
* Anse de Grande Beach - One of the most popular beaches in St Barts and also known for its nude sunbathing. Be warned.
* Gouverneur Beach is remote and private but the visitors have a tendency to indulge in au natural sunbathing.