This French island has morphed into the chicest shore in the Caribbean, but still maintains its European flair and unique small-town roots.
Your View: From the lighthouse-topped hill between the airport and Gustavia, you have a panoramic view of the yacht-filled harbor, with the Caribbean islands of Statia, Saba, and St. Martin in the hazy distance.
Your Weather: St. Barts is hot and tropical year-round. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s, and overnight lows rarely dip below 70.
Your Main Street: Along the eastern edge of the harbor, Rue de la République is the capital's main drag, lined with luxury boutiques that make this one of the Caribbean's poshest retail districts. Tucked in among the global icons are quirky shops like LouLou's Marine (for beach and boat wear, and yacht supplies), Clic bookstore and art gallery, and Le Cellier du Gouverneur (wine, rum, and more unusual spirits, such as absinthe). The waterfront shops of Gustavia (left) provides ample opportunity to stroll and shop as well.