Also known as, ‘the island of flowers’, Martinique is well-renowned for its diverse and lush flora and fauna. There are thousands of rare and precious species of flowers on the island which enriches its landscape and adds to its colourful aesthetic. With sugar cane plantations, coarse forests and expansive fields saturated with wild flowers and plush grass, Martinique is essentially a botanical garden on an island. Each region is different too; the north of the island boasts a magnificent volcanic landscape with impressive vegetation while the south of the island is home to beautiful and breath-taking beaches.
Life on the island beats to the rhythm of its own drum, literally. Visiting the island will enable you to discover and learn about the unique musical cultures and trends in Martinique. During the evenings, many of the bars have acoustic nights where they invite local musicians to play live music. These evenings are great opportunities to listen to authentic tunes, to chat to the locals and to gain insight into what daily life is really like on the island. The local music of the island, ‘le zouk’, is sure to put a smile on your face.
It’s not every day in the UK that you’ll be able to sample traditional and authentic Creolean cuisine with its exotic flavours and tasty delicacies. With fresh and wholesome fruit and vegetables grown on the island, Creolean cuisine is a treat for all your senses. The colourful and flavoursome dishes not only look but also taste amazing. Food is social which makes eating out an enjoyable and positive experience. With share plates and multiple dishes to sample, meals are a beautiful time to share experiences, talk with friends, and even make some new ones. During the month of May, an international cooking competition is held on the island, called ‘la semaine gastronomique de Saint-Marie’. With exhibitions and promotional menus, foodies should bear the dates of this festival in mind as they plan their catamaran charter in Martinique.
It goes without saying that Martinique is the perfect destination for practising water sports. With both white and black sand beaches, and azure blue seas, the island is one of the best spots in the whole of the Caribbean for under-water diving and snorkelling. The island is home to astoundingly beautiful marine life, including the infamous green turtles; and deep-sea diving will enable you to get closer to these fascinating sea creatures.
The island is brimming with potential places to dive, snorkel and sail but it’s important to find the location best suited for your desired activity. Read on to discover a range of beaches and coves on the island and find out which is best for you.
Situated between ‘les Anses d’Arlets’ and ‘les Trois- Îlets’, this charming inlet for fishermen is one of the most stunning white beaches on the island. The bay is protected by rocks and palm trees, so the area feels private. The waters are equally calm and sheltered which makes this watery spot ideal for beginners as well as more experienced divers.
This delightful and luscious beach is a true delight for any water-sport fanatic. This zone has been protected by the state since 2000 and fishing is forbidden here which makes for an authentic under-water experience. The clarity of the water means that you will have no difficulty seeing the colourful fish and sea creatures. Snorkelling here is like being part of an underwater aquarium.
On the South Caribbean coast, you will find this striking black sand beach with crystal blue waters which rival that of its neighbour, Anse Dufour. The rocky surroundings and jagged landscapes make for a unique diving experience and mean you will potentially encounter more diverse and interesting wild life and ecosystems.
This beach is also found in the South of the island and with its turquoise waves, white sands and classic palm trees, this divine spot is as beautiful above the water as beneath it. With deep blue pools of water, but also more open and shallow areas, this beach is ideal for snorkelling with kids.
Only accessible by boat, a stop off at this magical inlet during your catamaran charter in Martinique will make your sailing holiday that bit more special. You’ll have these vast, blue seas completely to yourself and this sport is perhaps more suited to the more experienced divers who are seeking adventure and wanting to explore more secluded areas.
Remember to be respectful towards flora and fauna while diving or snorkelling. Yes, the coral reef is stunning but no touching because marine life is precious and fragile. Keep at a sensible distance and never touch marine life, remove it from its natural habitat or take it out of the water.
Martinique is an easy destination to fly to; most major European and US cities offer direct flights to the international Aimé Césaire airport. The airport is in the capital city, Fort-de-France, meaning as soon as you step foot on the island, you will immediately be met with the hustle and bustle of the lively town, the warm local people, and the dreamy warm climate to match. Port du Marin, the main marina on the island, is only around 30 minutes from the airport so you’ll be at your boat rental in no time. Both the marina and the airport are equipped with excellent services and resources which will make your travel time easy and stress-free.
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