St. Bart’s is both the place to see and be seen, or be totally secluded on the Caribbean. This stylish island attracts billionaires, celebrities, and upscale travellers who look for nothing but luxury and pampering while on vacation. Gustavia is the capital of St. Bart’s, and is a must-visit when staying on the island.
Gustavia is a quaint area shaped like a horseshoe that wraps around a busy harbour. There are only 3100 residents currently residing here, who mix with the year round visitors who come to experience this charming city.
It only takes a few hours to explore the entire city on foot, and it makes an excellent day time activity if you’re staying elsewhere on St. Bart’s. The local architecture is reason to visit alone. Restored wooden and stone buildings line the tiny streets, giving the city a rich, historic atmosphere.
The shopping in Gustavia is what really draws visitors to the area. Upscale boutiques line the city selling everything from diamonds to designer clothing. Popular shops include Cartier, Hermes, Lacoste, and Linde Gallery. There are a few cafes and restaurants along the harbour that make for a perfect pit stop during an afternoon of shopping.
Experiencing the luxury highlife is easy when you stay in Gustavia. There are numerous private luxury villas that are fully staffed, have private pools, and offer total privacy within the city. Exploring the rest of St. Bart’s and other close by Caribbean islands by boat is easy when you stay in Gustavia. Click here to browse private villa rentals and start planning your luxury vacation!