St Barths (Gustavia) Port of Call

A view of Gustavia Harbour ©

Although French in culture, character and cuisine, St Barths was the only Caribbean island to have been a Swedish colony, a fact reflected in the name of the islands harbour, Gustavia. Construction permits are strictly limited so the island retains its quaint charm and picturesque village feel.
There are no resorts or mega-hotels, and only 8,000 permanent residents. Although not on most cruise itineraries, passengers that disembark here are in for a real treat. St Barth's incredible beaches, superb restaurants, and relative inaccessibility has helped make this a magnet for the rich and famous who come to enjoy the serenity and luxury that only St Barths can provide.
Ships anchor off-shore and tenders ferry passengers into Gustavia harbour, fringed by colourful buildings and moored yachts.


Municipal Office of Tourism

Tel: +590 590 27 87 27


Located in the centre of Gustavia


Once ferried to the harbour, cruise passengers can easily make their way on foot to the main town. To explore further afield a car should be rented; choose from Turbé Car Rental, TOPLOC or Star Location. Alternatively JC Taxi can provide island tours with a driver.


At the northern end of the harbour is Fort Gustav III, with an interesting collection of historical items, and the best vantage point for photographs of the harbour below. There are 14 public beaches, all of them superb, although Shell beach with its pink-tinged sand is one of the best. Grab a taxi and head to St Jeans for some more shopping and lovely little bistros.


Wall House - great value French/Creole with stunning harbour views

New Born - perfect seafood including fire grilled lobster using imported wood

Le Gommier - wonderful seafood and French food near Saline beach

Best Dish

The Jimmy Buffett cheeseburger at Le Select


The best shopping is on Quai de la Republique, Rue du General De Gaulle, and Rue Oscar II, all within easy walking distance of the pier. Goods are duty-free but this benefit is negated by the high prices. Most items are imported from France and there is no indigenous crafts or iconic island purchase.

Best Buy

An original photo of St Barths from Hirschfield Fine Arts


Explore St Jean beach

Take a fishing charter

Snorkel with turtles at Petit de Anse, Flamands

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