Martinica: The Caribbean’s loveliest flower

Martinique

Sitting in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, the stunning Martinique is one of the Windward Islands. Since time immemorial, Martinique has cast a spell on those lucky enough to set eyes on it. Columbus was the first, but certainly not the last, to call it the world’s most beautiful place. Basically anybody who gets here on a luxury charter is compelled to agree.

The island’s rich diversity of landscapes and atmospheres makes it one of the world’s finest cruising destinations, affording an array of outdoor activities. Resorts have an offer of top watersport activities, including underwater fishing, diving, and snorkeling the colorful seabed, with nautical skiing awaiting real thrill-seekers.

 

For those willing to spend a few hours surrounded by nature, the spectacular rainforested interior of Martinique can be explored by bike or foot. To the south are the island’s most beautiful beaches, like the splendid swathe of Sainte-Anne, where tourists can also have a bite of local cuisine at nice little restaurants and stop at elegant boutiques for some shopping. Not far from Saint-Anne is the small expanse of white sand of Les Salines, framed by pristine waters and leafy palm trees.

 

Sailing along the coast of Martinique on a luxury yacht charter is the best way to discover the island’s hidden (and not so hidden) beauty. The northern shore boasts strands of dark volcanic sand that form a lovely contrast with the water’s intense turquoise hues. The southern shore is instead home to luscious ribbons of bone-white sand lapped by placid transparent waters.

 

The golden, wind-swept beaches of Anse Trabaud and Anse Michel, just off Saint Anne, draw crowds of surfers and fans of water sports. Two splendid spots are Anse Au Bois and Anse Esprit. Off the shore of Saint Anne lays the tiny islet of Cap Chevalier, accessible by yacht charter, where tourists can depart on an excursion of Ilet Chevalier.

 

Lining the northern shore are several surfer beaches, like Anse L’Etang on the Tartane peninsula, Bonneville, Saint Marie, and Magirot. Anse Couleure, sheltered by luxurious vegetation, is a diving and snorkeling haven of black sand where turtles swim to lay their eggs. Anse Ceron is a Caribbean dream come true: a long strip of volcanic sand framed by coconut palms.

 

After sunset, Martinique gets alive with yet more activities. The zouk, a genre of French-Caribbean music beloved by the locals, fills the air. Bars offer tourists a taste of the many varieties of locally-produced rhums that have recently been accorded the coveted appellation d’origine contrôlée, a label once reserved for French cheese and wines.

 

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