Most cruise ships anchor outside sheltered Gustavia harbor and tender guests to Port de Pleasance, the center of Gustavia.
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Tiny, picture-perfect St. Barts has long been the haunt of the very rich who come for privacy, gorgeous beaches, and exquisite French cuisine. It has 20 or more magnificent beaches, linked by hilly narrow roads you can explore in open-air Jeeps.
Gustavia is very walkable.
Shell beach is only a 10 minute walk from the tender pier.
Taxis are available at a designated taxi rank for trips around the island. It is a good idea to establish the fare before starting out. Beware taxis are expensive, especially on Sunday and holidays.
Consider renting a car, also expensive.
Fort Gustav and Fort Carl
These are two of the island's original fortresses that remain standing.
Exhibits in this small museum offer a look at the island's history.
Grand Cul de Sac and Petit Cul de Sac
These nearby beaches boast the island's finest stretches of sand.
Outdoor activities are high on visitors' lists. Scuba diving, fishing and horseback may be arranged through the Tour Office on board, subject to availability (especially when there is more than one cruise ship in port).
St-Barth is a duty-free port; there are some good buys in jewelry, porcelain, imported liquors, French perfumes, cosmetics and designer resort wear. Some shops close during lunch time.
The local currency is the euro; U.S. dollars are widely accepted.
French, English widely spoken.
A short stroll away from the pier is an Internet cafe.
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