Martinique France in the Caribbean

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Martinique France in the Caribbean

France in the Caribbean, Martinique is a piece of France that is located in the Caribbean. Oh la la, Martinique is both exotic and très chic, so that is a special combination for a beautiful holiday. Nice to combine with a tour of various other islands in this area, but there is also plenty to do in Martinique itself.

Martinique has for years flown outside the radar of American travelers, but Europeans—the French in particular—have been escaping here for years.

 

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Martinique France in the Caribbean 

The island falls under the European Union, so you can simply pay with the Euro. You drink Champagne there and enjoy life. Martinique has some beautiful bays, of which Fort de France is one. The bay of St. Pierre is also beautiful and has a rugged history, especially visible underwater.

 Martinique offers fantastic swimming and diving, but surfers will also get their money’s worth. To do this, travel to the Presqu’Île de la Caravelle peninsula, in the northeast of Martinique. Also, visit the mangrove at Le Vauclin.

 

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Rum from Martinique Tastes Like Martinique

Think of Martinique as France’s rhum region! Every Caribbean island has its own unique blend for rum punch, and in the French West Indies, it’s ‘ti punch, pronounced “tea paunch” and short for petit punch. A bit of a choose your own adventure blend, the drink consists of rum (you may be asked blanc or vieux—that’s white or dark rum), cane sugar, and lime. 

But rum from Martinique—it’s spelled rhum in French—is different than most others. In Martinique (and also in Guadeloupe), it’s largely distilled from freshly-pressed sugarcane which for logistical reasons must be grown near the distillery (the cane juice starts to sour a day after pressing).

What to Do in Martinique

Learn about the history of slavery in Martinique at La Savane des Esclaves, in Les Trois Ilets, which considers how slaves contributed uniquely to Martinican and French culture. Wander among sculptures in the botanical gardens of the distillery Habitation Clément, the birthplace of Rhum Agricole. Save time to tour the new contemporary art gallery Fondation Clément, which showcases modern artwork from artists throughout the Caribbean as well as ancient West African art and artifacts. And of course, there are rum tastings.

 

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Where to Stay in Martinique ( France in the Caribean)

Fort-de-France is said to have one of the most beautiful bays in the world, and if you’re going to stay in the epicenter of it all, Simon Hotel is a chic choice. A high rise on the marina, this is the perfect place to take in Martinican city life with high design interiors, delicious food, and plenty of amenities. You can enjoy picturesque views over breakfast, and see the city’s famed hills dotted with colorful houses. You’re also close to delicious restaurants and cultural sites like Le Savane (Martinique’s equivalent to Central Park) Jardin Balata if you want to discover exactly why Martinique is called the Isle of Flowers.

 

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Should you want to position yourself on the south side of the island, near beautiful fishing villages, head to Les Trois-Ilets, and stay at La Suite Villa.

To stay right on the beach,Cap’Est Lagoon Resort & Spa. Martinique’s most classic luxury escape is as French as it is tropical. You’ll find a Guerlain spa, classic French cuisine at seafood restaurant Le Bélem. Some suites are equipped with beautiful turquoise pools that seem to go right out to the sea.

French Coco A member of Small Luxury Hotels. Unlike many of the island’s other resorts located near busier hubs, this one feels the most remote, tucked away in the village of Tartane on the outskirts of a nature reserve on the Caravelle Peninsula. Boutique Hotel of 17 suites with private pools & gardens. 300m away from the beach, the hotel is nearby the Natural Reserve of the Caravelle.