When it comes down to sheer variety, Martinique excels. Travel North to enjoy the scenic magnificence of the mountains. Or go south to unwind on the island's best white sand beaches. Protected by a coral reef this place is a magical sailing ground for your charter yacht vacations..
Known as the "island of flowers", Martinique is a French overseas territory. It is also one of the largest islands of the Lesser Antilles. You will discover all the traditional joys of the French seaside with a tropical twist: the croissant with some rum!
In Martinique's North, you'll find the volcano, the lush rainforests, and the mountains. Several hiking trails give an overview of the mountainous island's heart while providing a panoramic view of the Atlantic coast. Near the volcano Mount Pelée, nature is indeed rougher with black sand, strong waves, and isolated rustic villages. Its eruption in 1902 destroyed Saint Pierre, the island's former capital, known as “Petit Paris des Antilles”.
If you don't plan to pull on your walking boots, stay in Southern Martinique. Palm trees grace the sun-drenched beaches with tropical blue waters. Your only hurdle will be to choose which stretch of smooth sand to rest.
The best one is the Grande Anse des Salines near Ste-Anne. Staying in Martinique on a charter catamaran is a perfect way to accost remote coves and peaceful shores.
On the west coast, Fort-de-France is a charming town to visit. Fort Saint-Louis, place de la Savane, and Bibliothèque Schoelcher are just three landmarks that should feature on your tour. To taste French and Creole cuisine, you can try the restaurants or a lobster barbecue on the beach with the fishermen. Stay onboard while your chef prepares fresh meals and local specialties such as accras (saltfish fritters), and boudin (sausage).
Don't leave the island without a sip of rum at Habitation Clément, a charming distillery in heritage buildings and a sculpture garden.
To go around Martinique, plan a week of dream cruise with more activities than just sailing: jet skiing, sport fishing, swimming. Go south to diamond rock to scuba dive near a picturesque jewel anchored in the Caribbean. There a multiple snorkeling and diving spots to enjoy well-preserved and protected coral reefs.
After all your adventures, you deserve to enjoy the sunset with a ti-punch on your charter yacht. On the deck, you can sunbathe during the day or star gaze at bright stars over the ocean at night.
You can also experience Carnaval (February or March) or the fireworks of Bastille Day (14 July). For sea lovers, the Tour des Yoles Rondes is a sailing regatta in July, with traditional boats.
Well protected from winds and swells, Le Marin is the heart of Martinique's yachting industry. The marina boasts all the facilities you could wish for. Giant supermarkets offer an array of produce, both local and European. Fresh fruits and vegetables, creamy cheeses, patés, meat, and seafood are available to provision your charter yacht.
Once you've exhausted the charming sites of the islands, take your charter in another direction. Visit the Fort at Pigeon Island National Park to immerse yourself in West Indian history. Discover the marine rivalry between the French and the British.
As it is directly north of Saint Lucia, Martinique provides an ideal getaway for a journey towards the Grenadines. Set sail to Rodney Bay, pass by St Vincent, and head to Tobago Cays. You'll experience the location of Pirates of the Caribbean from your charter yacht.
Capital: Fort-de-France Spoken languages: French and Creole Currency : Euros (€)
When to go : The December-April season is the most pleasant, with sunshine and average temperatures of 27°C. From June to November, rains are frequent and the atmosphere is heavier.
Our favorites: Grand'Rivière for its sunset, diving at the submarine reef, rum tasting at the Clément house.
To visit by boat : Le Marin, Fort de France, Petit Anse d'Arlet, Diamond Rock, Sainte Lucie, Bequia.
Events not to be missed: The carnival, for its international fame, and the Biguine Jazz Festival. For the sportsmen, take part in the Tchimbé raid.
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