Historic Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy, Caribbean Sea

Sailing into Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Sailing into Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Tiny St. Barth’s, short for Saint Barthélemy, is a delightful blend of French elan and Swedish traditionalism. Toy-scaled Gustavia, founded by the French, ceded to the Swedish, then returned to France, is wrapped around a horseshoe-shaped harbor. A large percentage of the inhabitants are descendants of settlers from Brittany, Normandy, and Sweden, who often pay homage to their heritage in the décor of the island’s inns, cafes and boutiques. The island’s 20 beaches, rolling hills and deep, green valleys help attract visitors appreciative of its relaxed ambiance and chic charm.

 

Your intrepid explorer and blogger walked by lots of upscale yacht-crowd American and European stores in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Your intrepid explorer and blogger walked by lots of upscale yacht-crowd, chic American and European boutiques in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

An old Christian church on the historic downtown main street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

An old Christian church on the historic downtown main street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

A weather-beaten old building in the historic downtown street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

A weather-beaten old building in the historic downtown street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Contemprary motorbikes in front of an old building in the historic downtown street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Contemporary motorbikes in front of an old building in the historic downtown street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Classical French-style wrought-iron balcony on an old brick building in the historic downtown street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Classical French-style wrought-iron balcony on an old brick building in the historic downtown street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

Walking at dusk along the historic downtown street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

Walking at dusk along the historic downtown street in Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

We picked out this 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) lobster for dinner at La Langouste restaurant overlooking Baie des Flamands in Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth's), Caribbean Sea

We picked out this 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) lobster for dinner at La Langouste restaurant overlooking Baie des Flamands in Saint Barthélemy (St. Barth’s), Caribbean Sea

 

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