Saint Barthélemy, a French overseas collectivity in the West Indies often lovingly abbreviated to St. Barts, is not a big island. In fact, we can say with pretty much confidence that it is one of the smallest islands in the region at only 25 square kilometers or 10 square miles. With that, it is hardly more than twice the size of nearby Saba, which is a volcanic island just like St. Barts.
St. Barts has a reputation for being the place in the Caribbean where Hollywood stars like to vacate. We are not talking B-listers, we are talking the absolute biggest names in show business. While that gives the island a sense of exclusivity, and it does indeed have price levels to match, don't make the mistake of thinking that makes this place off limits to us mere commoners. Celebrities tend to stay in their luxury villas and yachts and thus for the most part remain unseen.
If the celebrities don't scare you off, you will find St. Barts to be an excellent holiday destination. I don't think you will need any convincing re the quality of beaches - which are freely accessible, but on top of that the capital of Gustavia has all amenities that you could need on your holiday (restaurants, shops, bars and clubs), there are a large number of water sport activities that can be organised and as there are not that many resorts on the island, you might just end up staying in a private villa. Some of which are surprisingly affordable. Relatively speaking, anyway. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Saint Barthélemy is a region in Saint Barthlemy. It is situated at an altitude of 138ft and the best airport to fly into is SBH (Gustaf Iii (st Jean), Gustavia)
- The currency used in Saint Barthlemy is the Euro (EUR)
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- For bespoke villa rentals, you can have a look at Sibarth.com. It seems to start from a few hundred dollars per night, going all the way up to thousands.
- The list of possible water sports in St. Barts is fairly lengthy, but here are most of them: diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, kite surfing, jet skiing.
More Saint Barthélemy travel resources
It may be a small island but Huffington Post had no trouble finding 10 things to do in St. Barts. Fodor's had a similar idea but listed only 7 of them. If that does not help, just go on to St-Barths.com, Wikitravel or Lonely Planet. Another website calls itself the insider guide to the island and has a nice little FAQ ("what are some fun bars..?"). And finally there is A blog about love which spent 3 months on the island and asks of us readers not to hate them for it. It is hard.
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