St. Barts. Christopher Columbus added St Barthelemy, or St Barts, to his collection in 1493, but the French soon stepped in. Today, the chic Caribbean island – officially a department of France – is a popular winter getaway for people from mainland France, the rest of Europe, and North America. Keep in shape and walk between attractions, or hire a car to see more of the island. Beachgoers can choose between beaches such as Grand Saline, if nude sunbathing appeals, or shady, isolated Colombier Beach. This is one of the most beautiful Islands in the Caribbean.