Martinique is truly “a little bit of France in the Caribbean Islands.” French stores, French-style cafes, and beaches – you can’t go wrong. Yet Martinique has a cachet all its own, an endearing West Indian warmth, a special spice in the Caribbean music, dance, local dishes, and way of life. It is an island with style.
Offering more than the usual gorgeous Caribbean climate, pristine beaches, and luminescent ocean, Martinique’s towns and villages have character – and phenomenal food. The fusion of French, Caribbean, African, and even Indian influences combine to create sauces rich and spicy, for just about everything. Creole restaurants abound, but start your culinary explorations at the market on Rue Isambert for produce, flowers and spices grown on the island – and an authentic island shopping experience that isn’t of the “duty free” variety.
While the best beaches are in the South, the Northern town of Ajoupa Bouillon has its own attractions: its explosion of flowers and a romantic stroll up the mini-gorges that leads to a waterfall. But charming surprises abound in just about every pocket of civilization.
Club Med may be the island’s most famous resort, but smaller B&Bs and boutique hotels are a wonderful option for getting the local feel. We love Hotel Plein Soleil, a boutique hotel that offers a fair price for truly excellent service and luxury accommodations. Set in the hills outside Le Francois, the Hotel Plein Soleil is romantic and remote with a terrific restaurant on site.
Call 866-726-9090 and learn more about Martinique as a wedding and honeymoon destination.
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