The idyllic French island of Saint-Barthelemy, or St. Barts as it's known locally, lies in the West Indies. With a population of just under 10,000, it's becoming a popular tourist destination for those wanting an alternative to some of the busier islands in the Caribbean. Saint-Barthelemy has an area of just 25 square kilometres, but due to its rugged terrain and hot tropical climate, traversing the island by air-conditioned car is the preferred choice of many visitors. Completely surrounded by shallow reefs, there are several scuba diving tours that you can join to take a first-hand look at the stunning, underwater scenery. The main draw for visitors to Saint Barthelemy, however, is the gleaming white sandy beaches. Rarely, if ever, overcrowded, they offer visitors a chance to catch some sun and relax. Being a volcanic island, St. Barts is naturally very beautiful, and you'd be well-advised, when you feel like a break from the sun, to hop in your car and take a leisurely drive around to experience this stunning, unspoilt place.