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Air Belgium Launching New Caribbean Flights

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Belgian low-cost carrier Air Belgium is launching new flights to the French Caribbean department of Martinique. The new regularly-scheduled service will operate twice weekly between Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Martinique’s Aime Cesaire International Airport …

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Martinique’s Must-Visit Sailing Festival

 By the Caribbean Journal staff One of the Caribbean’s greatest racing events is back for its 35th edition this year with Martinique’s one-of-a-kind Tour de Yoles sailing festival. The week-long event is a nautical competition unique to Martinique — and one …

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Martinique’s New House of Rhums

 By the Caribbean Journal staff For rum aficionados, Martinique is the great Mecca, the place of pilgrimage, the place where one can visit the most marvelous collection of distilleries anywhere on earth. But when you come to Martinique, you also …

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 By Alexander Britell Fresh off the debut of the transformed Hotel Diamant Les Bains in Martinique’s buzzy beach town of Diamant, the French Caribbean island has gotten another new hotel. This time it’s the new Hotel Pelican, a beachfront boutique …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff A legendary French Caribbean hotel is getting new life in one of Martinique’s hottest beach towns. The Diamant Les Bains, which first opened in 1945 as the first tourist hotel in Martinique, is slated to …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff There’s a new way to island hop in some of the Eastern Caribbean’s most exotic destinations. The new Val Ferry began operating between Dominica and Guadeloupe last month, complementing existing ferry service by popular operator …

 By Alexander Britell There is a particular passion in the production of rhum agricole in Martinique. There is a thought, a contemplation, a level of sophistication that seems to transcend what you find in much of the rest of the …

 By Alexander Britell Foiling is heading to the Olympics (including in Paris in 2024), and now a significant new foiling regatta is coming to the heart of the French Caribbean. It’s called the Martinique Flying Regatta, and it will be …

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 It’s never been easier to get to the French Caribbean – and it’s never been cheaper, either. And right now, you can fly to the island of Martinique, one of the most exotic and fascinating destinations in the Caribbean, for …

 The moment you walk into the colorful Le Babaorum on the outskirts of Fort de France, you see a who’s who of Martinique, from bankers and businessmen to members of the French navy to lovers of all things rhum. Everyone …

 Thousands of Caribbean Journal readers have spoken, and now there’s a winner. San Juan, Puerto Rico has taken home the crown as the Caribbean Journal Readers’ Choice Award winner for Caribbean City of the Year in 2016. San Juan beat …

 While the Caribbean has a host of very interesting cities to visit, too often Caribbean islands fail to devote resources (particularly hotel stock) to make them appealing to visitors – with exceptions like San Juan, Santo Domingo and Willemstad. But …

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 …

 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 …

 Above: Martinique (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell Martinique is about to get a major boost in airlift from the United States. After decades without direct flights from the continental US, the French Caribbean island will soon see a significant jump …

 Above: Fort de France (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The French Caribbean island of Martinique is looking to continue its strong cruise tourism growth in recent years. Martinique will receive a record 22 ships making their first-ever calls …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor A Caribbean cruise is never a bad idea but not all ports are created equal. These 10 ports of call, which offer a winning combination of passenger facilities and proximity to the island attractions we …

 By Alexander Britell FORT DE FRANCE — THERE’S SOMETHING about the smell of fresh bread in the morning. And here in Fort-de-France, more than anywhere else in the Caribbean, fresh bread is an art form. It seems hard to walk …