This French island has morphed into the chicest shore in the Caribbean, but still maintains its European flair and unique small-town roots.
Quaint, red-roofed Gustavia (left), the island capital, flaunts its Scandinavian heritage proudly with harborfront street signs in both Swedish and French. Luxury shops such as Cartier and Louis Vuitton dominate the waterfront. Apartments and a few houses crawl up hillsides behind old churches. (Crooner Jimmy Buffett and actor Steve Martin both own villas overlooking Gustavia.)