A Secret Beach Bar in Martinique

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By Alexander Britell

MARTINIQUE — Places of great value don’t find you. You find them.

Sometimes it takes a wrong turn, or an extra 30 minutes, or a decision that you won’t stop until you find exactly what you didn’t know you were looking for.

The kind of things that will take you to Aqua Grill on a beach called Banana Bottom Beach in Martinique, the kind no one you ask has ever heard of.

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This place is always quiet, always hidden and always yours, even if a few people stroll across the sand in front of you from time to time.

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Plainly, this little beach bar hidden under the palms on a secluded beach in Martinique is someplace special. It feels like its own little island, a place for castaways and rum seekers.

It is a corner of Martinique that’s almost always empty, because it takes dozens of winding corners to get here.

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Brigitte, who’s been here 17 years, will bring you great ti’ punches, and even better fresh-grilled snapper, the kind that is so good that it doesn’t even taste like fish.

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There aren’t many beach bars like this in the Caribbean, where you truly feel that it is your own.

There is nothing here but a few empty rum glasses and a constantly lapping wave, an aquatic hourglass reminding you there’s more time to stay here and do absolutely nothing.

— CJ

 

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