A treasured Caribbean island, St. Barts maintains a longstanding reputation as a favorite vacation destination frequented by affluent world travelers. Majestic mountain ranges that give way to verdant green hills, flourishing gardens that pepper the landscape in an exquisite range of color, and beguiling beaches that showcase isolated stretches of warm white sands offer an unrivaled taste of tropical paradise to locals and vacationing tourists alike. With a large number of upscale St. Barts villas and vacation rentals available, an unrivaled vacation awaits every traveler.
Saint Barthélemy is an overseas collectivity of France which is geographically located in a group of Caribbean islands called the Lesser Antilles. Over the last few decades, the island and its inlets have become a favorite Caribbean vacation destination, appealing to elite travelers seeking refuge from the crowds in their private vacation homes. Magazine spreads and online blogs often chronicle celebrity sightings on St. Barts, with the rich and famous escaping to luxurious villa rentals to exchange paparazzi for paradise.
Traveling around St. Barts makes it easy to understand why celebrities and business magnates return annually to rent a luxury villa for a couple of weeks, especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Pristine white-sand beaches and cobblestone streets remain uncrowded by hordes of tourists that populate other Caribbean island destinations, underscoring the peace of mind associated with a St. Barts retreat.
It may come as a surprise, but St. Barts has not always been renowned for its affluence. The island began as a poor and undeveloped French commune under the Guadeloupe region before becoming a favored winter retreat to wealthy travelers. Today, thanks to international investments and the riches generated by its high-end tourism industry and many luxury vacation rentals, the collectivity is now a prosperous tropical island paradise whose people enjoy a high standard of living.
Named after the King Gustav III of Sweden, Gustavia was once a quaint fishing village. But as soon as iconic globe trekkers discovered its iconic beauty, the capital quickly rose to prominence as a hub of high-end living. Today, Gustavia features a collection of Swedish-era buildings, red-roofed private vacation homes, chic boutiques, luxury vacation rentals, and a world of fine dining establishments to please the most discriminating palettes.
Travelers who seek cultured daytime activities unearthing St. Barts’ heritage will also find a breadth of historical sites in Gustavia, including a church and the Wall House Museum that originated during the Swedish time period. Make sure to also visit the ruins of Fort Gustave, a Swedish-built infrastructure whose origins date back to 1787. Situated on a hill, the fort offers spectacular vistas of offshore islets peppered around the Caribbean Sea. With its idyllic marina that harbors luxury yachts and impressive sailboats, the scenery of Gustavia offers a scenic backdrop so picturesque that any photograph of its surroundings could easily fit into a postcard. As rich ins history and culture as it is in beach and ocean beauty, It is little wonder that Gustavia remains a favorite destination to rent private vacation homes.
Outside the port town, myriad other St. Barts attractions and island-based daytime activities abound to complement your Caribbean vacation experience. The beach at Grand Cul de Sac is a favorite tourist spot for ocean adventure, whether you are scuba diving, snorkeling, or jet skiing on the crystal-clear sea. Nearby Gustavia, the magnificent Shell Beach attracts travelers with its distinctive shell-based terrain.
St. Jean Beach remains an essential vacation experience for almost all St. Barts travelers, featuring two vast expanses of white sand beach separated by the world-famous Eden Rock Hotel. Following Gustavia, St. Jean Beach is St. Bart’s second most populated destination, boasting a wealth of opportunity to launch both beach and ocean-centered afternoon activities.
Aside from Gustavia and St. Jean Beach, travelers seeking an authentic Caribbean experience will find a gamut of additional beaches for launching days of oceanfront leisure. These include Gouverneur Cove, Marigot Beach, Saline Beach, Flamands Beach, Colombier Beach, Anse des Cayes, Lorient Beach, Corossol Beach, and Petit Cul de Sac. These less populated beach destinations also feature upscale villa rentals for discerning travelers looking for the maximum privacy and serenity that a St. Barts vacation can offer.
For a Caribbean vacation that caters to the adventure-hungry heart, St. Barts boasts plentiful exhilarating daytime activities - both on land and at sea. Numerous facilities abound for scuba diving, jet skiing, yachting, sailing, submarine explorations, and various other water and land-based sports. Spend a day kayaking over turquoise sea, scuba diving in deep waters, or snorkeling with colorful underwater marine life. Private vacation homes that line the beachfront, travelers enjoy consistent access to white sand shorelines and turquoise sea. St. Barts remains a veritable paradise for those in search of sun-drenched leisure and exhilarating activity alike.
To fully understand why St. Barts features such a renowned reputation as a top Caribbean vacation destination, you must experience it for yourself. Rent one of Villaway’s luxury villas or private vacation rentals, and find out for yourself why travel enthusiasts call it the “St. Moritz of the Caribbean.”