Our ship anchored near the port and we tendered into St. Barts. It’s a very luxurious French island with lots of high end shops and very expensive restaurants and property, but it’s also very beautiful. We went for a long walk around the town and even stumbled onto Shell Beach by accident (which contained a few topless females, but is not a clothing optional beach).
Compared to many other Caribbean islands, I found St. Barts very clean and “European”. It would be very helpful if you spoke French, but the locals all speak English, and perhaps it’s a great place to return to to study French! I notice some Silversea cruises actually stay in St. Barts for two days which would be great as there’s never enough time to explore the locations at which the ship’s dock.