St. Barth: A little piece of French Riviera in the Caribbean!

St Barths will always be the place to be! For a small island, St. Barth feels like a much bigger place. Above the Caribbean’s turquoise waters, the hills rise asymmetrically and pitch toward one slope, much like an ocean wave. The towering palms, night-blooming cacti and decorative blooms of wild trumpets and frangipanis, make it hard to imagine that all of St. Barth was once an active volcano. 

The population of St. Barth is approximately 9,000 people, most of whom are French expatriates or the descendants of the original French settlers. But St. Barth, which was discovered by Columbus in 1493 and named after his brother Bartolomeo, is more than just a French collective.

After the first French colony failed 1648, the next 200 years saw many inhabitants: from the Knights of Malta to the British military to the Swedes, who stayed on the island for nearly a century. 

Today, sailors to St. Barth come to the island for three reasons: the beauty and the feel of France in the Caribbean. There are sixteen beaches in St Barths. From Shell beach with its infinite shells to Salines and Governor with its turquoise waters or Colombier only accessible on foot or by boat. Besides the modern shops selling French fashion, most of the architecture in Gustavia dates back to when the Swedes arrived in the late 1700s. Prada, Dolce Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermes—all the luxury brands are present in the small town of Gustavia… 

The Carnival of Saint Barts offers a costumed parade open to all in the streets of Gustavia. We had a blast yesterday !

Even though St. Barth is an ocean away from the mother country, the island’s chefs have brought French gastronomy to the Caribbean.