The Caribbean destination of Saint Barthelemy—often known as St. Barts—is replete with chic establishments and white-sand beaches. Celebrities from near and far frequent its ritzy hotels. It’s no secret why the French-speaking island outclasses through its high echelon of luxury, especially in the city of Gustavia: Here, yachts encircle the local harbor, fancy restaurants plus designer boutiques line streets, and historical sites like the Wall House—where you can learn about the island’s Swedish colonial era (yes, you read that right: Sweden once ruled the island)—attract visitors from near and far.
Its most famous spot for Instagram? Right next to the main airport’s landing strip, where loungers on the beach can look a short distance above them and see descending planes just about to touchdown.