Martinique… A Place Beyond the College Crowds


Photo: Antoine.Omere

The classic idea for “getting away”, of course, is the beach.  Martinique is the perfect place for some R&R with its gorgeous beaches, European flair and lots of things to do beyond baking in the sun.    Here are some ideas:

EXCURSION 1: BOATING ESCAPE The St. Anne Islets Natural Reserve offers beauty in its natural state, where the turquoise water caresses white-sand beaches. Accompanied by a tour guide, you will enjoy a whole day of relaxation, exploring the amazing flora of the mangrove and its unusual fauna. A boat excursion, a hike, warm crystalline water, and Creole cuisine have all been planned to leave you with lasting memories. BONUS: A drum workshop

EXCURSION 2 : THE PLEASURES OF MOTHER NATURE A guided tour on the Caravelle Trail (3 hours) will leave you breathless with appreciation. The Caravelle Peninsula, a haven of greenery surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean ant its thousand shades of blue was the first part of Martinique to emerge from the water 25 million years ago.

Recommendations: Wear a hat, good shoes and carry plenty of water. On your way back, drinks and lunch will be served on site at Château Dubuc. BONUS: A workshop about weaving the bakwa (“bakoua”), a plant fiber used to make the famous Bakoua, Martinique’s traditional hat.

EXCURSION 3: MOUNTAIN FEELING For the most seasoned hikers, climbing the famous Mt. Pelée, a level-3 hike, is an unforgettable experience in the very heart of nature. On the highest point of Martinique (1,390 m), you will marvel at a panorama of extraordinarily green and blue slopes. For the less experienced, the Domaine d’Emeraude, nestled between the Pitons du Carbet and Mount Pelée, is a magnificent place to view and learn about biodiversity. It is a place to really get the feel and taste of Martinique. BONUS: Jewelry workshop For more information, contact


After a day out in the fresh air, why not settle into a comfortable bed at Le Domaine de Robinson, a seven-room nature-lover’s paradise set in the verdant wilds along Martinique’s southwest shore. From there it’s an easy visit to Tonton Leon’s farm, which has received the EcoCert label. “Tonton Leon,” as we call it on the island, is Martinique’s first organic cultivator; he initiated an agritourism program on the island.

Tasting the regional cuisine will also be part of the discovery. Martinique also offers farm-to-table options and promotes the vibrant flavors and sustainable benefits of fresh produce, fish and meats, while giving diners a delicious introduction to the island’s rich gastronomy.

Martinique is not just beautiful landscapes and great cuisine. It is the character of Martinican people, the adventure of experiencing local culture. So channel your inner explorer and start planning your own trip!

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