We didn't give this lighthouse the attention that we usually give lighthouses, but we could see it from almost anywhere in town. It is an active lighthouse - a round conical tower painted white with a single red band at the top. The lantern has been removed and is on display at the Musée Municipal de St.-Barthélemy in Gustavia. It is located atop a hill at the site of historic Fort Gustave overlooking Gustavia harbor on the west side of the island of St.-Barthélemy. It is not an old lighthouse as it was built in 1961.
The fort built by the Swedes in 1787 is the Fort Gustav. It was built on the hill and includes the ruins of the stone ramparts, a sentry box, part of the old brick-floored bakery, cannons and a powder house. We did not visit it because we couldn't figure out how to get there, but it is one of the best vantage points for viewing the harbor. A panoramic table identifying the highlights of Gustavia and the neighboring islands is located on the grounds
- Sailing and Boating
Columbier Beach (III)
Beware of the cactus, when hiking to Columbier! Here you see a rare level path of ground~~but the hike was very steep with slippery rocks beneath your feet. Do not attempt this if you are not in good physical condition. The climb back up was a series of negotiations with the rocks and branches, trying to find a solid one to hold onto, then deciding your next move. Rock climbing is not my thing, but I somehow did it.
One of the most beautiful sights on St. Barth's is Columbier Beach. There is a reef here, and it is quite secluded, given its hard to reach location. I think it would be nice to come here by boat, as we saw one or two boats here, and maybe three or four other people.
Columbier Beach (II)
Be prepared for a workout when trying to access this beach! The hike was about half an hour, with rocky terrain. Travel light, because the climb back up is much, much worse!
Une île a découvrir
Louer une Jeep et aller vous promener. Vous ne pouvez vous perdre. Un peu partout, il vous sera possible de laisser votre voiture et de continuer a pied pour découvrir de merveilleux coins