Arid, volcanic rock is home to an eclectic mix of iguanas, night-blooming cactus, and fabulous beaches. Today, St. Barth’s almost feels like a French-African outpost, albeit a very good one.
When Christopher Columbus happened upon the island in 1493, he named it for his brother Bartolomeo.
Even during peak season, the beaches are never as crowded as most others in the Caribbean.
The island bubbles over with colonial architecture, fine French cuisine and beautiful national parks.
French is the official language, but English is widely spoken. The main post office is located in Gustavia.