Visit Saint Barthélemy Island

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Saint Barthelemy, also known as St. Barts, is a small Caribbean island located east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. This French overseas collectivity boasts white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and lush hillsides. Tourists can enjoy several activities such as swimming, snorkeling, sailing and deep-sea fishing while exploring the numerous coves and bays around the island.

The island's capital of Gustavia offers visitors some interesting attractions including Fort Gustav and Le Chateau de la Vigilance which were built by Swedish colonists in 1787 to protect the harbor from attacks. Other popular spots around the island are Shell Beach with its excellent snorkeling opportunities; St Jean Bay with its fashion boutiques; Saline beach for sunbathing; Colombier beach for some secluded relaxation; Lorient Bay which has a number of bars and restaurants; Grand Cul de Sac marine park where turtles can be seen basking in the sun.

An interesting historical fact about St Barts is that it was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 but was soon abandoned due to lack of resources before becoming a successful sugar producing colony through slavery during French rule from 1648 until 1877 when slavery was abolished.