The charming harbour town of Gustavia is easy to explore on foot, and as the island is only small, will only be a small drive from your St Barts accommodation. A tour of all the major sights is likely to only take a few hours, but once you stop for lunch in one of the many quaint cafes and pop into one too many shops, your Gustavia exploration is likely to take the majority of the day!
The dolls-house sized city is an appealing blend of red-roofed, grey-stone buildings set around the U-shaped harbour.
Of special interest is the Musee de St. Barthelemy, which is located on the harbours far side and showcases the wonderful history of the island and more.
You might want to take the short trip to the nearby Shell Beach of an evening to admire the beautiful sunset that occurs night after night. Watching the boats lazily drifting in and out of the harbour over a bottle of wine is often considered a sport itself, and one that is favoured by tourists and locals alike. Snorkelling and both day and night diving are also popular activities here, as the waters surrounding the harbour are full of exciting sea life.
Heading downtown, you will find the streets packed with galleries, upscale restaurants, duty free shops, open air markets and the city’s town hall. As well as the more modern areas of the city, you will also find buildings that date back to Swedes and the early French settlers of the area.
If you are interested in seeing some more local life, head a little northwest to Corrossol before heading back to your St Barts accommodation, where you are likely to see some of the locals weaving straw hats and baskets while chatting and people watching on the streets. This quaint fishing ton remains a typical example of traditional life, and offers a great way to soak up the Caribbean atmosphere.