French West Indies Boat Charter – Caribbean Diversity

french west indies boat charterLooking to experience the most spectacular natural beauty and diversity of the Caribbean? Then, look no further than the magical islands of the French West Indies. Explore dramatic rain forests, towering waterfalls and turquoise lagoons. Visit some of the world’s most spectacular beaches. Discover picturesque villages, inviting boutiques and fascinating historical sites. Enjoy a vast selection of land and water sports. Savor traditional French and spicy Créole cuisine. Enjoy warm tropical evenings and be lulled to sleep by the soft rhythms of the Caribbean. Island destinations: Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barthélemy (St. Barts, St. Barth), St. Martin, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante are all truly part of France. Although each has its own unique character, they all offer a delightful French flavor and joie de vivre.

The term French West Indies or French Antilles (French: Antilles françaises) refers to the seven territories currently under French sovereignty in the Antilles islands of the Caribbean:


  1.  Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe
  2. Les Saintes, Guadeloupe
  3. Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe
  4. La Désirade, Guadeloupe
  5. Martinique
  6. Saint Martin
  7. Saint Barthélemy

The French Caribbean

The term French Caribbean varies in meaning with its usage and frame of reference. This ambiguity makes it very different from the term French West Indies. That specifically refers to the islands that are French overseas departments – which means they have overall the same laws and regulations.The French Caribbean islands are considered to be those belonging to France: Guadeloupe (including surrounding islands: Les Saintes, Marie-Galante and La Désirade), Martinique, Saint Martin, and Saint-Barthélemy.

The two official French overseas departments are Guadeloupe and Martinique. St Martin and St Barthélemy, formerly attached to the department of Guadeloupe, have held separate status as overseas collectivities since 2007. These Caribbean Départments et Collectivités d’Outre Mer are also known as the French West Indies. The term “French Caribbean” can also refer to any area that exhibits a combination of French and Caribbean cultural influences in cuisine, style, architecture, and so on. Dominica and Saint Lucia are officially English-speaking only, but French Creole languages are widely spoken by the islands’ populations.

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