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Saint Barthelemy

Saint-Barthelemy, 22 amazing beaches in the Carribean

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 23, 2007 at 09:51:24 :: Saint Barthelemy

Saint-Barthélemy, also known as St. Barth, St. Barths and St. Bart, is located in the French West Indies and, at eight miles long, is one of the tiniest islands in the entire Caribbean.

Officially "the Collectivity of Saint-Barthélemy" (Collectivité de Saint-Barthélemy), it is a former colony of Sweden, today an overseas collectivity of France that came into being on 22 February, 2007, encompassing the island of Saint-Barthélemy proper plus several offshore islets. The collectivity is one of the four territories among the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean that comprise the French West Indies.

Located approximately 250 km east of Puerto Rico, Saint-Barthélemy lies near the islands of Saint Martin, Saba and Anguilla.

Gustavia, which is the main town of the island, was named after King Gustav III of Sweden, and remains as a reflection of the Swedish period.

White sand beach baie de Saint-Jean, Saint Jean bay, Saint-Barthélemy (St barthelemy)

The island of Saint-Barthélemy is bordered by no less than twenty-two virgin white, sandy beaches (the Bay of St-Jean, the Anse des Cayes, the Anse des Flamands, Colombier, Corossol, the Salines, Lorient, Toiny...) all breathtakingly beautiful.
Saint-Barthélemy, a natural marine reserve, is an attractive destination for snorkelling and scuba diving.

According to the 1999 census, the population of Saint-Barthélemy was 6,852 inhabitants, with a population density of 326 inh. per km² in 1999. Unlike most Caribbean islands, its population is nearly all white.

Many of the full time residents are French citizens who work at the various establishments on the island. French is the primary language spoken, but many residents also speak English, particularly at hotels and restaurants.

Gustavia Harbour by night, Gustavia, St barthelemy (Saint Barts)

The native languages are Patois in the leeward portion of the island and Creole in the windward portion (where Lorient is located). Patois is akin to Quebec French and other non-creole varieties of non-standard French, Creole is an archaic variety of Antillean Creole.

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