St. Barts, small Antilles, Caribbean

Saint-Barthélemy is a French island in the small Antilles and an overseas community since July 15th, 2007, before that it was a municipality and a district dependent on the Overseas Department of Guadeloupe. It is also known as St-Bartths or St. Barts (by English speakers). Located at 230 km northwest of Guadeloupe, and 25km southeast of St. Martin. It is a mountainous island composed primarily of volcanic rocks, with a 32-meters cost and surrounded by numerous islets. It’s called ‘a dried island’ because of its bedrock composition, the low precipitation and an old deforestation so drinking water is not sufficient for its inhabitants so it must be imported (bottles) or the one provided through the tap is desalinated seawater and they also use harvested rain water. The inhabitants work especially on fishing, raising goats, the salt harvest, the cultivation of cotton and indigo. Its underwater environment is rich in corals (51 species and 31 different kinds). Tourists appreciate especially its white sandy beaches and its rustic landscapes. The largest area is Gustavia. Its economy is based on luxury tourism and construction; it is also a free port. To see: the battery Swedish Fort Gustav III, the Swedish belltower, the Catholic Church, the House of Governors, among others (all in Gustavia).

Tips

It is the perfect sun destination; 27 ° C of average, peaks at 35 ° C and rarely less than 20 ° C. Ideal for the ‘ dolce farniente’, the total relax.
On the other hand, if you are active, you will also find activities to do: diving, fishing, windsurfing, surfing, excursions on boat, jet skiing, kite surfing, etc.
If you like shopping, you are in the right place. St. Barts is known as a paradise to make purchases of luxury goods. You will find a multitude of shops with all the major brands.
In the culinary sense, you’ll be also surprises with a variety of French and Caribbean restaurants.

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