Originally called Carénage, the name of the town was changed toGustavia in honor of the Swedish king, Gustav III. Monuments andforts remain as witnesses to the island’s interesting past.
Once primarily a salt pond, this is now the principal industrial zoneon the island. Close to the port of Gustavia, the beach in Public ishome to the island’s sailing school. A perfect place to seemagnificent sunsets!
A small, traditional fishing village, Corossol is the last place wheredried palm fronds are woven into straw objects. Worth a visit: theinternational shell museum.
Bordered by a large, magnificent beach, this discreteneighborhood has typical Saint Barth charm. The nearby naturalcove, La Petite Anse, provides a peaceful place to swim. Its plantbeds are considered one of the nurseries within the Marine Park,and fishing here is prohibited.
Lorient is one of the oldest neighborhoods on the island, andaccording to certain sources, the cradle of its Catholicism.
The church, destroyed several times by hurricanes, looks out overthe picturesque cemetery near the beach, and also hosts concertsduring the St Barth Music Festival in January. The beach is popularwith families, as well numerous surfers who consider this one ofthe best spots to hang ten on the island.
An exceptional panorama unfolds in front of the lookout point en-compassing the northeast coast of the island, the outlying islands,and the sea. Further to the west, on a clear day you can see
St Martin. Access to the beach in Colombier is only by boat or via afootpath. A very pleasant hike!
This neighborhood is the most dramatic on the island. One sidefeatures a craggy, un-developed coastline with stiff breezes andwaves that crash against the rocks in a mist of ocean spray.
The other side comprises a peaceful hillside area with housesnestled in tropical gardens.
Anse des Cayes
A popular spot for surfers who love the strong waves, thisneighborhood has a varied landscape, from gnarled rock andirregular coastlines that evoke the island’s tu-multuous geologicalpast. Enjoy the natural scent of the sea spray and tropical flowerswhile walking through the neighborhood.
The highest point in Saint Barthélemy at 940 feet,
the mountainside in Vitet shelters charming, traditional cottagesthat dot its slopes.
Saint Barthélemy’s touristic hot spot, St Jean has two superbbeaches lined with res-taurants, hotels, and beaches. Nature loverscan spot numerous species of marine birds as well as various flora and fauna around the salt pond. From the top of the “Col de laTourmente,” there is a great view of the airport and its spectacularlandings.
and fauna around the salt pond. From the top of the “Col de laTourmente,” there is a great view of the airport and its spectacularlandings.
This calm, relaxing bay is the perfect invitation to daydreaming.
The beach is sheltered from the wind, and the area comprises under-water plants as well as abundant flora and fauna. Located within theprotected zones of the marine park, the bay is off
limits for fishing.
Cul de Sac
A lovely turquoise lagoon, perfect for nauti-cal sports, this areahas a lot of local charm. The salt pond is a reproduction zone forbirds and crabs.
Until 1972, the salt flats here were exploited as a source of income.Marine birds and fresh water birds continue to populate thedeserted landscape where small, natural salt sculptures can beseen. At the end of the road, a paved parking lot leads to a pathover the dune to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
After passing Lurin, a long descent leads off the beaten path tothe beautiful beach in Gouverner, which is rarely crowded. Legendhas it that the pirate Monbars hid his treasure here.
The best surfing spot in the island, but strong currents discourage swimming. The hotel here maintains traditional fisher-men’s’cottages, vestiges of the old lifestyle on this side of the island.
The best surfing spot in the island, but strong currents discourageswimming. The hotel here maintains traditional fisher-men’s’cottages, vestiges of the old lifestyle on this side of the island.
*information taken from St Bart Tourism Office