Martinique Boat Charter
The Most Windward of the Windward Islands
Martinique Boat Charter experience in the French Caribbean. Located in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, Martinique is one of the Windward islands in the Lesser Antilles group. Its eastern coastline borders the Atlantic Ocean while its western coast is flanked by the Caribbean Sea. The closest neighboring islands are to the north: Dominica (16 miles away) Guadeloupe (75 miles away) and to the south: Saint Lucia (23 miles away).
Landscape, Flora, and Fauna
At its greatest points, Martinique measures 50 miles long and 24 miles wide, delivering 425 square miles of rugged mountainous landscape, dense forests, rivers, waterfalls, rolling hills, and – most importantly – many picturesque bays and coves. Thanks to an average temperature of 79°, Martinique is the island of the “never-ending summer.” Trade winds from the east and northeast provide a steady breeze that constantly refreshes the air. Due to these tropical climate conditions in Martinique, the island is lush with vegetation: lavish tropical forests, groves, savannas, countless species of trees, fruits, plants and flowers, not to mention the mangrove forests. Wildlife consists mainly of birds, fish and shellfish, as well as small lizards called “mabouyas” and “anolis”, iguanas and trigonocephalus snakes that are only found in Martinique. The “manicou”, a type of opossum, is one of the rare mammals to be found in the Antilles. The mongoose, however, was introduced by humans to control the snake population.
The People and Culture
Martinique is truly a land of tradition and culture, with a rich history of crafts and literature by renowned authors and famous poets, music and dance, lifestyle and gastronomy. Its multi-ethnic population stems from the cultural mixing of the island’s successive inhabitants: Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, Indians, Levantines and Asians. Approximately one quarter of the population resides in the administrative capital, Fort de France. Local people speak Creole, a language that is a blend of Old French, English, and African languages.
Things To Do
Martinique offers many activities for the water-sport enthusiast, incl.: Billfishing, Kayaking, Kite Surfing, Windsurfing, and Deep-Sea Diving. Martinique waters offer warm temperatures (80 to 86°F), an array of colors, exceptional visibility, and calm conditions to view the corals, sponges, gorgona, anemone and many Caribbean fish.
If your idea of a great vacation involves picture perfect beaches, then the island of Martinique is for you. In the south, a plethora of white sand beaches dots the entire southern Caribbean coast. Swimmers will especially appreciate the secluded lagoon feel of the clear waters along the southern Atlantic coast, which is protected by coral reef barriers. In the north, vacationers can enjoy the unique and lush setting of black sand beaches near Le Carbet and Le Prêcheur.
Many Caribbean islands are synonymous with “magic,” but the kind of magic found in Martinique is, quite simply, culinary. Cooking here is an art practiced by wizardly chefs who can take something very ordinary, like spiny sea urchins, do secret things to them, and — with just a whisper of “open sesame” to the oven door — bring forth a soufflé that is positively spellbinding. Food sets Martinique apart from the other Caribbean islands.
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Martinique’s capital, Fort-de-France, one of the safest, most beautiful bays in the Caribbean, has long been a favored port of call with yachtsmen and sailors. Over the years, as Martinique’s popularity in the yachting and sailing world has grown, marinas have opened in other parts of the island – at Pointe du Bout across from the capital, in Le Robert and Le François on the Atlantic, in Sainte-Anne down south, and, most notably, in Le Marin, also in the south, whose “Port de Plaisance” is now the island’s largest and best-equipped marina.
Enjoy a one week Martinique boat charter around the island and you will not be disappointed. You can indeed spend a whole week cruising the coasts of Martinique, from Sainte-Anne, the southernmost village to Saint-Pierre, famous for the 1902 volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée, sail near HMS Diamond Rock and explore the many wonders the island has along her shores. Or sail from Martinique to the Grenadines ( Martinique – St. Lucia – Bequia – Mustique – Tobago Cays – Martinique).
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