Visit Saint Barthélemy 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.
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Cities in Saint Barthélemy Island
Gustavia, Flamands, Colombier, La Pointe, Anse du Gouverneur, Anse des Lézards, Devet, Merlette, Quartier du Roi, Le Palidor, Camaruche, Col de la Tourmente, Grande Vigie, Morne Rouge, Toiny, Lurin, Anse des Cayes, Terre Neuve, Grand Cul-de-Sac, Public, Barrière des Quatres Vents, Morne de Dépoudré, Gouverneur, Le Château, Pointe Milou, Petit Cul-de-Sac, Mont Jean, Saint-Jean, Anse du Grand Cul-de-Sac, Aéroport, Carénage, Grande Saline, Corossol, Grand Fond, Morne Criquet, La Grande Montagne, Vitet, Marigot, Lorient, Petite Saline