Winter time makes everybody long for a sunny getaway and in case you are fond of tropical destinations, you can consider Martinique as the ideal place to vacation this winter. If you wonder why should this island be considered an ideal winter holiday spot for those fond of exotic getaways, take a look at the best things the island of flowers has to offer.
Most people choose Caribbean destinations based on how accessible they are. For family with kids flying long hours is not acceptable but in case of Martinique the problem was solved. From April last year, the American Airlines introduced a direct flight from Miami airport to Martinique. Because of the high demand the number of the weekly flights was doubled starting with December 2013. There are also four weekly flight from San Juan airport operated by Seaborne Airlines from St. Croix.
Martinique celebrates this year, 100 years from the birth of the national poet and politician AimeCesaire. He was a prominent figure in the transition of the island from the position of French colony to department and he also was the mayor of Fort-de-France for more than 50 years. You can visit the literary path and see Balata Botanical Gardens with the amazing flora and fauna hosted there.
In the beginning of March here takes place the colorful four days Martinican Carnival. Tourists can enjoy endless fun opportunities because they have the unique opportunity to be part of a colorful French, African, Créole and Indigenous crowd, and dance to zouk and steel drum music. Festivities include parades, masks , dance and wild fun.
The Unique Taste of Rum
Pirates’ days may be over but the Martinique rum is surely better with every year. The island prides itself with “ controlled origin” rum recipes made out of native sugarcane. This is where the very appreciated, world famous, Rhum Clement comes from. The notorious drink can be tasted in the original distillery Habitation Clement in Le Francois. Here the tourist can also explore a huge center displaying contemporary arts.
For those who don’t like to be pinned down, Martinique offers sailing trips to neighboring islands. Using L’Express des Isles you can visit Santa Lucia, Portsmouth and Dominica. This ferry service is cheaper than airline travel and you can also make the most of your traveling time enjoying a good book and getting some tan during the trip.