Just because a destination is smaller than some doesn't mean it should be overlooked. The ten square mile Territorial Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy, an island located in the French West Indies about 120 miles north west of Guadeloupe, is just such a case. Europcar is still represented by two locations, including Gustaff III Airport near Saint Jean, allowing 200,000 annual visitors to enjoy the benefits of first class car hire. Europcar's fleet of safe and reliable vehicles capable of meeting all budgets and requirements, useful services like express pick-up, easy online booking, and options like child seats, navigation and additional driver cover, are still all available to ensure that any driving vacation beginning in Saint Barthélemy will start off without a hitch.
Saint Barthélemy has nearly everything a visitor could want. Dramatic sky-scraping mountains, isolated stretches of powder-soft sand, windswept cliffs, scrubby green hills and turquoise bays dotted with dozens of sailing boats and yachts. Sat in such an idyllic setting, Saint Barthélemy is, unsurprisingly, the destination of choice for the rich and famous, all eager to enjoy the sublime and laid-back tempo offered by the luxurious villas and opulent hotels. But is there anything Saint Barthélemy can offer those of us who haven't won an Oscar or don't own their own yacht? Happily it does. All beaches are easily accessible to the public and for free. And when lounging on the beach working on your tan fails to do it for you, you can indulge in fine dining, shopping, kite-surfing, sailing, diving and snorkelling. Thankfully, without it having to cost you a fortune.
The city of Gustavia – The island's principal town may only have a population of around 2500, but it has transformed from a tiny fishing village into a majestic collection of high-end restaurants and fashionable boutiques. Red roofed buildings dot the green tropical Saint Barthélemy landscape while historic sites can be reached in one day of trekking around the town. 17th century forts line the harbour, from Fort Karl in the north to Fort Gustaf with its lighthouse, 30 foot tall and built in 1961, and cannons in the south. Near Fort Gustaf is the popular Shell Beach, which is aptly named for the millions of shells that are ripe for the taking. Along Gustavia's U-shaped bay are other examples of colonial architecture, such as: The Église Anglicane de Gustavia, an 1885 Anglican Church made from stones brought in from St Eustatius; the Ancien presbytère de l'église Catholique de Gustavia, an 1822 Catholic Church; the Musée Territorial de St.-Barthélemy, that exhibits the island's history of its French, Swedish and British occupation.
Saint Jean – The island's second city houses far more than just the airport. The village's main drag is lined with bars and hotels, with dining facilities ranging from delis to hip and high-class restaurants. It also features a beautiful beach for sun worshippers and some great spots for watching the planes take off and land.