Martinique bay and boat

Martinique bay and boat

Introduction

Martinique, the Island of Flowers, is acclaimed for its warm people, its geography of 425 square miles of verdant lush mountainous landscapes, rolling hills, pristine waters with unspoiled beaches and coves crowned by the towering Mont Pelée volcano. Between exploring the island’s rich heritage, its contemporary art, and shopping scenes, enjoying rum tasting, hiking the rain forest and beach hopping, Martinique is truly “magnifique”.

Martinique is located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. In 1502, when Christopher Columbus landed on Martinique, it was inhabited by the native peoples who called the island Madinina, ‘Island of Flowers.’  Three decades passed before the first party of French settlers landed on the northwest side of the island. There, they built a small fort and established a settlement that would become the capital city, St Pierre.

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On May 8, 1902, in the most devastating natural disaster in Caribbean history, the Mont Pelée volcano erupted violently, destroying the city of St Pierre and claiming the lives of its 30, 000 inhabitants. Shortly thereafter, the capital was moved permanently to Fort de France. St Pierre, which had been regarded as the most cultured city in the French West Indies, was eventually rebuilt, but it has never been more than a shadow of its former self.

The Beaches

plage les salines

Martinique is a must for beach lovers.  The water is clear and blue, which is ideal for snorkeling.  There is a huge variety of fish, caves, coral, and turtles.You can’t really go wrong with any of the beaches on the Caribbean Sea Side of the island, as the waters are all very calm. On the Atlantic side of the island, the water is rough and caution is advised.

Plage les Salines

If you’re looking for coconut trees leaning over the water, white sands and turquoise waters, then Plage des Salines is for you. It is found on the southern tip of the island, hugely popular for its long stretches of coral sands. At sunset, when the shore is bathed in golden light and the Rocher du Diamant draws the eye to the horizon, its beauty is enthralling.

Visit the Saint Pierre

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Located on the north end of the island, Saint Pierre sits at the foot of Mount Pelée and was once the capital of Martinique. It was known as the Paris of the Caribbean, where those with money and influence would visit and spend their winters. In 1902, it was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Pelée and all but one person perished.  Walk around the town, see the ruins, watch the fishermen and visit the shops.  It’s still a lovely town.

For Rum Lovers

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Martinique stands alone in the world of authentic rum production – The Rum Capital of the World, Martinique is home to 12 brands, each produced utilizing a unique rum method yielding blends comparable to fine cognacs. The rums of Martinique follow their own unique processes, methods and time-proven traditions evolved over centuries of rum production. Awarded worldwide, it is a part of your culinary experiences not to be missed during your stay in Martinique. White, Amber or Old, you will succumb to its robes and colors both visually and with your taste buds. The distilleries where the precious nectar is produced are open all year round for visits, during which you can, among other things, taste and buy your favorite(s). Martinique rums are the only rums to carry the exalted Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) designation formerly reserved for the finest wines. Free tasting is available at all of the island’s distilleries.

 

Saint Martin view of port with boat and mountains in background

Saint Martin view of port with boat and mountains in background

Introduction

A vacation on Saint Martin Island is where dreams come true.

Located in the Caribbean archipelago, with its white sand beaches and turquoise water, the island of Saint Martin is a small piece of French paradise. With its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, delicious little local or very French restaurants, and adorable seafront boutique hotels and villas, Saint Martin is the ideal setting for a winter sun vacation. Thanks to its warm temperatures, its tropical ambiance, its refined gourmet cuisine, and the various activities available, this island is perfect for both a restful and an active vacation.

 

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st barths

st barths

Introduction

Home to an array of stunning beaches, luxury yachts, designer boutiques, and breathtaking restaurants, St Barths (also known as Saint Barthélemy) is a travel hotspot. Blending the sophistication of St Tropez and the laid-back atmosphere of the Caribbean, St Barth’s is both exclusive and unpretentious. St Barth is well-known for its 22 gorgeous beaches, each with their own character, high-end luxury boutiques, and delicious food.

 

The Beaches

St Jean Beach

No trip to St Barths would be complete without sampling a few of the heavenly 22 beaches on the island. For an island of its size, St Barths has a wonderful and varied collection of beaches. From secluded beaches to beaches bustling with water sports and restaurants to beaches that are ideal for snorkeling and surfing, there is likely the perfect beach for you in St Barths.

Saline Beach

plage de saline

You will not find a hotel, villa, or restaurant anywhere near the sandy shores of Saline Beach, located on the south side of the island. The beach can be reached only by road along a salt pond. Come here to relax while listening to nothing more than the soothing sounds of the waves and birds.

Gustavia

st Barths

Red roofed buildings assimilate beautifully to the lush tropical landscape in Gustavia, St. Barth’s charming, relaxed Caribbean capital with historic sites that can be reached in one day of exploring town. 17th century forts line the harbor, from Fort Karl in the north to Fort Gustaf with its lighthouse and cannons in the south. Near Fort Gustaf is Shell Beach, famous for its variety of sparkling seashells. The town’s many duty-free boutiques appeal to shoppers while laid-back cafes offer views over the harbor.

Introduction

Cuba is a destination unlike any of its neighboring Caribbean islands. A trip to Cuba is very much a a journey to discover its fascinating history–still very much present today, to uncover the country’s architecture of the “good years”, its culture, street art, and the famous cars from the 50s. The locals will great you with their welcoming smiles, the music will move you, and the transparent ocean will enchant you. Cuba is an adventure like no other.

Itineraries in Cuba

Discover Cuba

This itinerary is ideal for first-time visitors looking to explore Cuba’s highlights. Discover Havana rich history with a walking tour of colonial Havana. Soak up the landscapes of the Viñales Valley with its tobacco farms. Spend a few days in Cayo Levisa where you can delight in the peaceful Caribbean sea. Then head to Cienfuegos and Trinidad where you will discover Hemingway’s Cuba.

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Escapade to Cayo Levisa

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Completely unplug at Cayo Levisa, an isolated little island accessible only by boat with long stretches of white sand fronting the calm and turquoise blue sea. The beach is backed alternately by pine trees and thick mangrove.