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VIDEO: 12 Seconds on the Beach in Martinique

 When it comes to beaches, Martinique has a wide variety: from dazzling white sand to mysterious volcanic beaches at the foot of Mont Pelee. So here’s a little Caribbean moment in the heart of a very snowy winter. This is …

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VIDEO: Finding a Little Shade on the Beach in Martinique

 Anses d’Arlets — it’s arguably the beach capital of Martinique, and tucked away in the corner of the main beach in town is a tiny collection of beach bars and restaurants. They all have their own claims to fame: fish, …

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Barack Obama’s Caribbean Restaurant

 The Buck Stops Ici By Alexander Britell MARTINIQUE — Burst onto the scene in 2008, new, exciting, unprecedented. Now, a part of history. I’m talking, of course, about a seafood restaurant in Sainte Luce, Martinique, the one that shares its name …

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Hotel Bakoua Martinique

 One of the best hotels in Martinique, the Hotel Bakoua is also home to some seriously good bars, none more famous than its Coco Bar, a floating “bungalow” bar extending into the bay of Fort de France. Plainly, it’s a …

Rhum JM's distillery in Macouba, Martinique

 Deep in the north of Martinique, in a rainforest, at the foot of a fearsome volcano, it is there. Rhum JM, a distillery that produces some of the best rum in all of the West Indies. There is a way …

Rhum Saint James

 It’s practically a given: when you open a bottle of Martinique’s Rhum Saint James, you’ll find a high-quality, great-tasting rhum agricole.  But what’s also a given is something a bit more rare: whatever the age, whatever the vintage, St James …

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 It’s one of the most fascinating places in the Caribbean — and one of the most beautiful. And when it comes to Martinique’s beaches, one area is king: the group of sandy stretches known as Les Anses d’Arlet. So take …

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 You may be familiar with the overwater bungalow, one of the great fantasies of travelers the world over, though usually found in Polynesia — not in the Caribbean. That’s where one clever hotel in Martinique has you covered. One of the …

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 By Alexander Britell TROIS ILETS — You know you’ve ordered properly when the barman leaves to fetch the key. At the wonderful Le Gommier bar at the Hotel Bakoua in Martinique, it’s hard not to make the right choice — …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s about to get a whole lot easier to fly to one Caribbean island. As the Caribbean tourist season ramps into high gear, Martinique is readying for a significant boost in air traffic. The French Caribbean department will …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff There’s a new bungalow hotel in the Caribbean. It’s called Village de la Pointe, and it’s a new affordable hotel on the French Caribbean island of Martinique. The property consists of 80 cottages all priced …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s one of the easiest places to explore in the Caribbean — the French Caribbean island of Martinique, home to some of the best roads in the whole region (and even better road signs). That …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff There’s a new hotel coming to Martinique. Le Simon Hotel, a 94-room property set in downtown Fort-de-France, is slated to open in Jan. 2016. The property is located in front of the city’s Pointe Simon …

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 Above: Hotel Plein Soleil in Martinique (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell LE FRANCOIS — There are bananas growing by the pool. By my pool. They are not yet ripe; it will be many weeks or months before they …

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 Almost any rum lover (or Hemingway enthusiast) will remember. It’s the rum that Ernest Hemingway drank in A Moveable Feast: Rhum St James. Papa himself orders the drink to warm up on a cold day in Paris. It’s something that led …

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 Above: President of Martinique’s Regional Council, Serge Letchimy By the Caribbean Journal staff Serge Letchimy, president of Martinique’s Regional Council, is set to meet with French President Francois Hollande Monday in Paris. The meeting, which comes at Letchimy’s request, will …

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 Above: Fort de France, Martinique (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The French Caribbean just got a whole lot closer to the rest of the region. In a ceremony this week in Fort-de-France, the French Caribbean department of Martinique …

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 Above: Fort de France, Martinique (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff In a major move for the region, Martinique will be joining the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States as an associate member. The OECS announced the move this week. …