More about St. Barts
Why go to St. Barts?
High-end French shops, gourmet restaurants, gorgeous beaches and lots of yachts and sailboats
Be prepared to drop serious cash on shopping and meals, even taxis
It's like the South of France transported to a Caribbean island
St. Barts Cruise Port Facilities?
Gustavia is a pedestrian-friendly town. An Internet cafe, ATM, cafes, restaurants, elegant shops with imported French goods and a food market are located a short stroll away from the pier. The popular Shell Beach (officially called Grand Galet) sits south of Gustavia by the commercial pier, and it's just a short walk. Spend time admiring the huge yachts on the oceanfront walkway.
Good to Know?
With limited fresh water on the island, don't expect a free glass at restaurants. You'll have to pay for bottled water.
On Foot: You can walk to attractions in Gustavia.
By Taxi: Taxis are available at the pier in Gustavia. Most cab drivers don't work at night, so if you need a ride back to the port, it's best to make arrangements in advance. There is a fixed price for fares, which are in euros.
By Car: St. Barts is steep and hilly with narrow roads, switchbacks and hairpin turns. You'll see stop signs but no traffic lights. At intersections, the car to the right has the right of way. Small rental cars that fit the narrow, two-lane roads are available from Budget Budget, Europcar, Island Car and Top Loc.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The euro is the official currency of St. Barts. For currency-conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. ATM's are located in Gustavia at the Banque Francaise Commercial (BFC) on rue du General-de-Gaulle and the Banque Nationale de Paris on rue du Bord-de-Mer.
French is the official language. English is widely spoken.
Where You're Docked?
Most cruise ships anchor outside sheltered Gustavia Harbour and tender passengers to Port de Pleasance in the heart of Gustavia, the island's charming capital city.