Destination guide

Discover a Caribbean paradise in Gustavia

The red-roofed capital of the island of St. Barts, Gustavia serves up a sophisticated base for a Caribbean break. Whether partying with friends or making memories with the family, a stay in this delightfully-glamorous town promises a seductive blend of blonde-sand beaches, boutique shopping and gourmet dining. It's the perfect spot to kick back and relax, though those craving a little action will find the island's impossibly-blue waters a haven for everything from surfing and sailing to kayaking and kitesurfing. Gustavia vacation rentals add to the charm, offering a home-style stay on the doorstep of this classy cruise port.

Things to do

Culinary and cultural appeal in Gustavia

The Wall House Museum, housed in a restored 18th-century Swedish building in Gustavia's pretty harbor, is an ideal pick for those keen to understand the island's culture a little better. From there, you might explore the ruins of Fort Gustave and the 17th-century Fort Karl, or perhaps head along the coast to the fishing village of Corossol, a traditional spot, where the highlights include characterful Creole houses, woven wares sold from the makers' doorsteps and the fascinating Seashell Museum. Back in Gustavia, a dinner of mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine is the perfect last stop before heading back to your rental.


Rest and relaxation in upmarket Gustavia

Upmarket Gustavia is the perfect place to indulge in a little rest and relaxation. Smart shopping streets lined with boutiques and chic one-of-a-kind stores beckon those keen on parting with their vacation spends, while buzzy beach bars line powder-soft stretches of white sand, framed by postcard-perfect scenes of yachts and sailboats bobbing in the waters beyond. Lucky enough to have nabbed a Gustavia vacation rental in February? Expect a full-on festival atmosphere courtesy of the annual Mardi Gras celebrations, a colorful spectacle that fills the island's capital with joy.


Blissful weather in Gustavia

Want the best of the weather during your Gustavia vacation rental break? The winter season of December through March offers blissful temperatures, sunny skies and very little chance of rain. You'll pay a little more for your island getaway should you decide to take a winter break, though compromise for many travelers often comes in the form of a visit in April through June, a seasonal sweet spot that sits nicely between winter prices and the onset of stormy showers from fall. Regardless, temperatures here vary only by around 20 degrees, rarely falling below the low 70s.

Natural features

Discover the best St. Barts beaches from your Gustavia rental

If there are kids to consider, the family-friendly Shell Beach is one of the best beachcombing destinations you'll ever encounter. Vacationing with your other half and hoping for a splash of romance? You could do worse than head to the secluded Colombier Beach on the island's west coast. Visitors of ages can enjoy the water courtesy of half and full-day yacht cruises around St. Barts and neighboring St. Martin. Dolphins can be seen all year round, while migrating whales make an appearance between December and May.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Gustavia

The nearest airport is in Gustavia (SBH-Gustaf III), located 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Grand Case (SFG-L'Esperance), which is 18.1 mi (29.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Gustavia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,792 vacation rentals near Gustavia. From 1,481 Villas to 270 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gustavia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Gustavia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gustavia:

  • Oyster Pond: 200 vacation rentals
  • Pelican Key: 183 vacation rentals
  • Maho: 242 vacation rentals
  • Red Pond Estates: 142 vacation rentals
  • Les Terres Basses: 388 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Gustavia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gustavia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St. Jean Beach: 1,769 vacation rentals
  • University of St. Martin: 763 vacation rentals
  • Flamands Beach: 1,783 vacation rentals
  • Maho Beach: 761 vacation rentals
  • Happy Bay Beach: 955 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gustavia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Gustavia?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,481 Villas in Gustavia. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gustavia include:

  • Houses: 270 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 21 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gustavia?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,582 vacation rentals with pool available in Gustavia. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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