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VIDEO: Le Carbet, a Must-Visit Beach Hotspot in Martinique

 By Alexander Britell Martinique has no shortage of must-visit beach towns, from historic Saint Pierre to the up-and-coming destination of Le Diamant. But if there’s one beach town that exemplifies French Caribbean cool on this island, it’s Le Carbet, the …

A New Way to Fly to Martinique

 By Alexander Britell There’s a great new way to reach one of the Caribbean’s most fascinating destinations. European low-cost carrier Norwegian is set to launch its newest route on Oct. 30, with flights between Fort Lauderdale and Fort-de-France, Martinique. The …

Martinique Quickly Back to Business After Maria

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The French Caribbean island of Martinique was spared after Tuesday’s encounter with Hurricane Irma, officials said. Martinique’s Aime Cesaire International Airport reopened on Tuesday morning, with ports scheduled to reopen on Thursday. “In Martinique, reconnaissance …

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 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 …

Beach Rum Bar

 We’ve long extolled the virtues of the rum bar in these pages: that is, bars that go beyond trivial cocktail rum and offer a serious, diverse offering of rums on the menu. But none of these bars has ever been …

 We all have the beach bars we keep going back to. Maybe it’s because of the beach itself, or that signature rum punch, or because of the food. Some beach bars are more than that. Some are just special. And …

 It’s one of the great pleasures of the Caribbean: a rum cocktail under the sun, toes in the sand, fresh-caught seafood on your plate. The Caribbean didn’t invent the beach bar, but it perfected it. And it’s the essence of …

 Above: Le Petibonum in Martinique (All photos by CJ) THERE ARE more amazing beach bars in the Caribbean than CJ can count. But with our inaugural Best Caribbean Beach Bar award for 2012, we wanted to highlight something different — …