Gustavia, Guadaloupe

Back in the 1950s, St-Barthélemy’s capital was a windswept fishing village. A change came in the 1960s, when wealthy visitors including the Rockefeller and Rothschild families jetted in, followed by super-yachts carrying Hollywood stars and influential Europeans in the 1970s. Today this port town is nothing short of majestic. Although relatively small when compared to other capitals in the Caribbean, Gustavia has a string of high-end boutiques, upmarket restaurants and a handful of historical sights.