This tiny rock of just eight square miles is home to an eclectic mix of iguanas, night-blooming Jasmine, fabulous beaches as well as luxury yachts, designer boutiques, and celebrities...
The Caribbean's most elite, most expensive island lives up to its reputation as an adult sandbox, where the rich and famous air-kiss over glasses of bubbly. However, St. Barth has charms that make it attractive to the regular folk, from its uncrowded white-sand beaches to be to its distinctly Gallic ﬂair.
The beautiful and well-kept capital of Gustavia, with its gingerbread-trimmed cottages, designer shops, and elegant restaurants, surrounds a harbor regularly filled with yachts.
On the opposite side of the island, near the airport, St.-Jean is a diminutive strip of colorful boutiques and beach bars that has been compared to St.-Tropez.
Peopled primarily by descendants of the original French settlers and transplanted Europeans, this is an island with a strong, independent personality. Through the vagaries of its history it became a duty-free port and more recently liberated itself from the administrative yoke of Guadeloupe. It is certainly the most unusual of the French West Indies islands.
Dialing code: +590
Area: 8.108 mi²
Population: 9,279 (Jan 2013)
Currencies: Euro, Euro sign (US dollars accepted island-wide)
Official language: French