This French island has morphed into the chicest shore in the Caribbean, but still maintains its European flair and unique small-town roots.
Photo: Laurent Benoit
The isle of St. Barthélemy is a dream destination with a neverending list of glitterati photographed along the sugar-sand beaches. At just eight square miles, St. Barts is about one-quarter the size of Manhattan. Despite its petite size, the volcanic island boasts a variety of terrain, from its desert-like landscapes studded with cactus to its plush tropical valleys and coconut palm-fringed bays.
A crescent of bright white sand on the island's south shore, Anse du Gouverneur (left) is hands-down St. Barts' most beautiful beach. Rocky headlands at either end make the bay swimmer-friendly, yet there's still enough wave for bodysurfing.