What is particularly noteworthy about Martinique is the diversity and flexibility it offers as a destination. We don’t merely mean in terms of the variety of wildlife and of activities, although that is important, but also the variety of things to do which will accommodate a sweep of budgets. You can tailor your sailing holiday to your bucket list, your budget, your mood and your rhythm. For instance, you can spend a week in Martinique itself, soaking up culture and history, or you can jet off to various neighbouring islands, broaden your horizons and discover more of the Caribbean.
To give you a flavour of what a yacht charter in Martinique looks like, we have composed an exemplary itinerary for 5 days. There is so much to do on the island and beyond that we have barely scraped the surface with our 5-day guide but use this as inspiration for planning your boat rental.
Begin by exploring Port du Marin, a marina which serves holiday makers today in the same way it served the sailors and marine men decades before. There are 830 berths provided, 100 buoys and a team onsite 7 days a week to answer any questions you have about settling in. The marina also has many restaurants, a laundrette, a medical centre, fuel services and is only a stone’s throw away from a selection of the island’s finest beaches.
Make headway in your yacht charter towards Sainte-Lucie, an island just below Martinique. Rodney Bay, located at the northern tip of the island, is only 31 nautical miles away. Hop off here and check out Pigeon Island National Park, a natural island reserve which became a national landmark in 1992. After exploring the ruins, beaches and viewpoints, head south and drop anchor along the north side of Port Castries, the capital of Saint-Lucie and one of the most important ports in the Antilles. The town is full of markets, boutiques and artisan shops; after soaking up the lively atmosphere, continue to sail along the coastline until you reach Marigot Bay, which offers beautiful panoramic views. Finish off at Port Vieux-Fort; it may be located at the most southern tip of the island but is still only 30km away from Port Castries, which means it is the perfect place to round off your day trip.
From Saint-Lucie, navigate towards Chateaubelair St Vincent, only 31 nautical miles away, and enter the bay from the north of the island. The village is less urban and more rural; top attractions include the Dark View Falls, Layou Petroglyphs and Wallilabou Heritage Park and Falls. A day here will provide a refreshing contrast in the middle of your week.
9 miles south of St Vincent, you will find Bequia Island which is a ‘must-see’ during your yacht charter in Martinique. Port Elizabeth is the capital of this island, snuggled into Admiralty Bay, a striking and scenic protected harbour surrounded by majestic hills and dramatic coastlines. Just along from Port Elizabeth lies Princess Margaret Beach, an unspoilt stretch of golden grains of sand. The island is also brimming with charming restaurants which serve fresh and authentic French and Caribbean delights. Bequia Island is smaller than other Caribbean islands and its size lends itself to an intimate and friendly atmosphere where tourists can truly embrace and engage in local life.
Head back towards St Vincent but this time make a stop at Cumberland bay, a stunning harbour lined with palm trees. Explore the parts of the island that you neglected on your earlier visit and make sure to visit the restaurants and cafes that you may have missed first time around!
The island is divided into 4 major regions. Each quarter is strikingly different which means that your stay in Martinique will be varied and exciting.
Begin in the north-western zone of the island, Saint-Pierre and the astounding Pelée Mountain. The majestic and mountainous landscape in the north of the island is so striking and it really must be seen and experienced first-hand. Begin your yacht charter in Martinique with a hike up Pelée, the spectacular summit is 1397 metres tall. Take up the exciting opportunity to bathe in spectacular surrounding waterfalls and to visit the infamous black sand beaches nearby.
This region is also home to Saint-Pierre, the oldest town in Martinique which is also known as, ‘the pearl of the Antilles’. The town is the economic and cultural heart-beat of the French Caribbean, in some ways. Make sure to visit the ruins and learn more about the 1902 disaster.
The north-east area of the island, La Trinité, and its southern-eastern neighbour, Le Marin, are perfect zones for practising water sports. Whether it be surfing, swimming, diving or simply resting on the white sand surfaces, make the most of the beautiful watery and calm surroundings during the afternoon. Notably, in La Trinité you will also find the Banana Museum.
The smallest and perhaps most urban area of the island, Fort-de-France, will bring your day is a blissful close. The town is full of traditional Creolean markets where you can buy local produce and souvenirs, and restaurants where you can also sample classic Creolean cuisine. Watch the sunset from the famous Fort-de-France bay.
The local currency is the Euro and the languages spoken are French and Creole. Although the sun shines on the island all year around, we would recommend a yacht charter in Martinique during the months of December to April when it is less humid. The main international airport on the island is Aéroport International Martinique Aimé Césaire, Fort-de-France and it is easy to find a direct flight here from most major cities.
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