Why choose a cruise to Gustavia?

Cruises to St Barths moor up in Gustavia. Founded by the French and passed to Sweden, this chic town offers European elegance in a beautiful Caribbean setting. Sun-bleached wooden houses sit alongside ornate whitewashed mansions and a sprinkling of historic buildings, all nestled around a cobalt bay.

Gustavia is one of the most upmarket towns in the Caribbean, a favourite holiday destination of the rich and famous. Sleek super yachts bob in its marina, and marble boulevards are lined with designer boutiques. Gustavia is also within a stone’s throw of some heart-stoppingly beautiful beaches and stunning mountains carpeted in forest.

st barthsA guide to St Barths’ hotspots

Shop until you drop in Gustavia. The elegant Quai de la République, running alongside the harbour, is renowned as the island’s best shopping street. You’ll find a host of designer boutiques, such as Louis Vuitton and Cartier, and more affordable shops, too. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous as you hunt for bargains.

Visiting museums might be the last thing on your mind when you’re in the Caribbean, but we recommend ducking away from the afternoon heat with a trip to Gustavia’s Le P’tit Collectionneur. This small museum displays an array of fascinating objects, including old nautical equipment, telling you about St Barth’s fascinating history.

Make the most of your St Barth’s cruise by heading off to the beach. Shell Beach is just a short stroll from the harbour. As the name suggests, this small bay is carpeted in beautiful seashells. Shallow waters make it a good spot to swim with kids, and it’s a great place to watch the sun set.

Meanwhile, St Jean’s Bay is only a couple of miles from Gustavia. A curve of pink-tinted sand meets warm turquoise waters. Lounge on the sand with a cocktail from one of the beach bars, soaking up the Caribbean sun. You can snorkel straight off the beach, and you’ll be able to see the coral reefs located just offshore.

st barthsCruise lines that sail to the port of St Barths

The best time to visit St Barths

Most tourists visit St Barths between January and April, when temperatures average 25°C. Stretch out on the beach and enjoy your escape from the winter cold back home.

The temperatures heat up in August and July, rising to 28°C, with occasional rainstorms in the afternoon, (there’s much less precipitation than on other Caribbean islands). July and August is crammed with fantastic events involving regattas, parades and fireworks.

Did you know?

· St Barth’s is hugely popular with celebs – it’s been visited by Beyoncé and Mariah Carey among others

· The tourism office arranges visits to local artists’ studios so you can view and buy their products

· The island’s motto is ‘Toi là! Je t’aime!‘, which means ‘You there! I love you!’ It’s painted on signs across the island