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"Edition for English-speaking people looking for the best addresses and good deals in Martinique, the Petit Futé Best of Martinique is an essential guidebook to find an accommodation, a restaurant, to organize your visits, outings and shopping in the region. A selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as the hidden treasures for a successful stay. Welcome to Martinique !"

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Date de parution 10 novembre 2017
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Table of contents
INVITATION TO TRAVEL
Welcome to Martinique!
The extras of Martinique
Record sheet
Stay ideas
How to go?
THE RUM ROAD
History of Rum
Methods of production and categories of rum
The road of the distillerys
Rum cocktails
FEATURE ARTICLE: THE TOUR OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE ISLAND
Gourmet Martinique
DISCOVERY
Martinique in 25 key words
Overview of Martinique
History
Politics and economy
Lifestyle
Arts and culture
Festivities
Local cuisine
Games, leisure and sports
FORT-DE-FRANCE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Fort-de-France and its surroundings
NORTH CARIBBEAN
North Caribbean
THE INTERIOR NORTH
The Interior North
SOUTH CARIBBEAN
South Caribbean
THE ATLANTIC COAST
The Atlantic coast
THINK SMART
Futé's smart tips
Getting information
Remaining
Photos gallery
Maps gallery
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© Sime
INVITATION TO TRAVEL


INVITATION TO TRAVEL - Anses d'Arlet.
© Morandi Bruno

Welcome to Martinique!
Welcome to our Martinique!
Martinique is a land full of emotions… Authentic, warm, surprising, vibrant… Martinique will surprise and fascinate you! Festive and gourmet… absolutely! And especially when traditional events take place. Truly important events in the year, these celebrations are an occasion to spend time with family, friends, on the beach or in the street, and to share unforgettable moments. The island also offers a rich gastronomy, first of all the famous PDO Martinique Agricultural Rum, served in ti punch or coloured cocktails. Natural, cultural, aquatic, sporty… 1000 %! Those who are passionate of watersports and wild nature will be able to live their dreams by practising all sorts of activities: canyoning, hiking, running, kitesurfing, tubing, as well as paragliding and skydiving to discover a preserved nature and breathtaking sceneries from the sky.
Martinique's cultural heritage is also very rich and reveals treasures, important sites of remembrance, artists who represent our traditions… Seine fishing with the fishermen of Bellefontaine, savouring a tinain lanmori (dish composed of green bananas cooked with cod and spices, served with cucumber) at the Fort-de-France market, learning to dance bèlè at Gros Morne with the bèlè masters, discovering navigation on traditional yoles and sharing « yoleurs » 's everyday life, falling into a "vidé" during the Carnival, and many other experiences to live at the heart of local life. And at each step of your journey, if you are looking for Paradise, Martinique will also offer you unexpected encounters and share all of our culture with you. Martinique loves you! We wish you a pleasant discovery, Karine Mousseau President of the Martinique Tourism Committee

The extras of Martinique


The extras of Martinique - Beach of Martinique.
© Author's Image

A heavenly destination
In Martinique, the beach and the sea are always within reach. There are no less than 200 varieties of sand on this island. With Anse Noire, Céron, Trabeau, Cap Macré, the Salines, picture hunters and sports lovers will not be disappointed. And if ever, the sea and its many assets bores you, the lush vegetation of Martinique wil offer you to stroll around for the pleasure of your senses.
A pleasant climate throughout the year
Here, the climate is tropical, hot and humid. If there are two seasons: the Lent (hot and dry stretching from December to May) and winter (wetter that lasts from June to November), the weather rages with temperatures with an average of 27 °C. The rain never lasts long, and the heat is not excessive. So there is no "ideal" period for leaving, only that in September and October, you will have the island for yourself. Caution: from the end of August to at the end of October, tropical storms, depressions or hurricanes often present.
A convenient island
Martinique is a French overseas department. It presents many daily advantages: same currency, same language, same level of health (fresh medical expenses reimbursed by the Social Security...). Note that, in the decentralisation, the constitutional reform project aimed for the changing of the articles 72 to 74 title (XII) to ensure the island a wider autonomy was rejected by referendum.
An easy trip to organize
You can manage it perfectly by yourself, and therefore arrange your stay easily. You just need to find a flight and accommodation corresponding to the airport (live, by Internet or agency). There is no organised public transport (except for the town of Fort-de-France). You must have a car and a road map. You will find many excursionists and suppliers, inter-island flights, supermarkets and grocery stores.
An island with multiple facets
With its 1 128 m ², Martinique has multiple facets. In the south, you find many coves with beautiful white sandy beaches and the seaside attractions overrides the rest. In the north, the Pelée mountain stands proudly. The road leading from Schœlcher to Precheur overlooks steep cliffs. The coast reveals black sand beaches, remains of the eruption of mount Pelée. In the east, the strongly rugged landscape is ideal for green tourism. Facing the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean, the north-east coast, known as the "coast in the wind", is rough (except some beaches in the South).
Ecotourism booming
Green tourism is booming in Martinique. The aquatic fauna with mask, fins and snorkel; mangrove in kayaking, visit the domaine de L'emeraude or the volcano house, botanical gardens, hiking, canoeing, horse riding, sailing... ecotourism has fine days in front of him on these magnificent landscapes. With its eclectic coasts, its rich and varied seabed, its tropical forest, its steep paths, rivers and waterfalls: nature is displayed generously.
A privileged tourist location
Martinique is located in the heart of the west indies arch. This interesting location allows you to discover the english speaking islands (cultures and atmospheres): Sainte-Lucie, in the south, fifteen minutes by plane or 1 hour 30 boat; Grenadines, further south, with their heavenly beaches; Dominique, in the north, with its rivers and its Rastas; and, east of the antilles arch, Barbados, offering all the facilities of an island for tourist trips.
A historical and cultural heritage
The island does not lack resources on this level. Creole museums, distilleries, gardens, homes tell you about its rich and complex history. You can also easily leave the over crowded paths to stop, have a drink and chat in towns that are always welcoming. On the roadside, if you sometimes think you are lost, there is always someone to come and say hello, and someone to help you. Music is everywhere. The "ragga" and the "zouk lovers" will follow the round. During the carnival, a general jubilation seizes, for five days, all the cities of the island. Dare follow the "vidés", these splendid processions, settling of the carnival that the population follows with heat while swaying to the sound of rhythms. Another image of "Epinal-en-Caraïbe", the ti-punch is a true ritual in the Caribbean, to which you'll sacrifice yourself willingly, preferably with a bearing the effigy of great distilleries named after the old creole families.

Record sheet


Record sheet - Tropical botanical garden of Balata.
© Vincent FORMICA

Money
We are in France, so the euro is the local currency.
Banks. Most French banks have branches in Martinique. Ask your agency to give you the closest agency of your place of accommodation. Credit cards are accepted everywhere. American express is also very present on the island.
Budget . Prefer a "package" formula including the flight and accommodation, if your budget is tight; some €700 to €1,200 according to the season. The trip a la carte is more expensive, not less than €1,500 for a week (flight + hotel + car).

The destination in short
The island
Size: 1,128 km ² (according to the Issuing House of the overseas departments, the IEDOM).
Status: overseas department (DOM) since March 19th, 1946.
Prefecture: Fort-de-France (34 cities in all).
Major cities: Fort-de-France (94 000 residents, is the most populated city of Martinique), Le Lamentin (40 000 residents), Le Robert (24 146 res), Schœlcher (21 863 res), Le François (20 000 res), Sainte-Marie (19 528 res), Saint-Joseph (18 000 res), Ducos (17 000 res).
Population
Population: estimated at 403 355 inhabitants in 2012.
Density: 356 hab/km ², stronger density of the four DOM.
Official language: French.
Regional language: Creole.
Main religion: Catholicism.
Economy
Rough GNP/inhabitant: €21,131 (estimate 2011).
Total GNP: 8.3 billion euros (2011 estimate).
Leading vendors: Metropolitan France, European Union, Latin America.
Unemployment rate: 20.8 % (estimate 2011).

Calling
Telephone code : 05 96.
Telephone information: 118 218 or 118 712.
Mobile phones work well . An advice to our readers however: be careful with your bill when you are in the Caribbean! The system of  roaming can be very expensive. Explanation: your metropolitan mobile operates in the West (if you have the proper subscription), but remember that all calls (entering and outgoing) are charged to you! The best solution is to buy at your arrival (if you have the intention of often using your mobile) a mobile kit with prepaid card.
To reach someone
Landlines . All landlines (ten digits) start with 05 96.
Mobile numbers.  All the numbers start with 06 96.
To call Martinique from France. Simply dial 10 figures without dialing the 00 or the international code.
To call the mainland from Martinique . Simply compose the 10 figures. It is not necessary to dial the 00 33. Martinique is France!
To call foreign land from Martinique. Dial 00 for the international then the code of the country you want to have then the number.
To call Martinique from abroad. Dial 00 ( +) to have international then the 596 (international code of Martinique) then the number of your corespondant. ( without the 0 )

Time difference
5 hours difference with France in winter. 6 hours in summer. In January, when it is 6pm in Paris, it is 1pm in Martinique. In July, when it is 6pm in Paris, it is 12: 00 in Martinique.

Formalities
For European Union citizens, an identity card is enough to go to Martinique. However, for the english islands (Sainte-Lucie, Saint-Vincent and Grenadines...) a valid passport is required.
For the Canadians, Americans , a passport is sufficient. You do not need a visa for stays of less than 30 days.
Children have a personal ID or appear on the parents ID. Miners traveling alone must present an authorisation of leaving the territory established by the parents.

Climate
Martinique enjoys a pleasant hot and humid tropical climate. The average temperature is 26°C. With 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, on the plains and the coasts of the south, the sun is never absent long. There are however two seasons:
The hot and dry Lent lasts from December to May, knowing that from February to April, the island goes through a period of great drought. The sunshine is then at its peak. The temperature in this season varies between 27°c and 34°.
The hivernage , which stretches from June to November, is more humid. The cyclone risk is stronger from the end of August to the end of October.
The island is constantly swept by sea breeze from the east and the North-East, the heat is never excessive there. Halfway between the Tropic Of Cancer and Ecuador, the island on the other hand is subject to a high humidity rate. Abundant rains complement the heights of north constantly, where the temperatures can drop slightly. The record of cold established in 1965 defers 12°C to Fonds-Saint-Denis and 8°C on the summit of mount pelée. But these figures are quite rare.

Seasonal variations


Seasonal variations - Martinique weather.
If, in certain regions, there are also two, or three seasons, it is difficult to distinguish them here. We prefer employing the term "period".
From December to the end of April, it is the "high season": tourists flock and rates of tour operators increase.
From May to the end of November, the "off season" period: the European holidaymakers sort of ignore the destination insofar the sun is present in Europe. The prices are lower starting from the end of April until mid-December, enjoy! Avoid, however, to plan a cruise on a sailboat in September, because it is the month when you have the highest risk of encountering a tropical storm or even a cyclone!
Summer holidays represent the "intermediate seasons": summer holidays allow the West-Indians in metropolis to visit the country. It is often difficult to find a rental car and plane tickets are expensive (especially if you prepare at the last minute). Also note that in July and, above all, in August it is very hot and more humid, it rains more often but still remains pleasant.
Travelling out of times of great attendances, we recommend you May and June, October and November: the climate is pleasant and at low prices.

Stay ideas


MONTAGNE PELÉE - Mount Pelée is the highest point of the island.
© Steve GEER – iStockPhoto
The French West Indies lend themselves ideally to family holidays (with or without children or friends. The elderly, athletes and lovers of ecotourism are not left out. It takes at least ten days to fully enjoy your trip, but a fortnight seem to us the ideal option. However, the package mostly offered remains the week package. To be avoided if you suffer from jet lag (5/6 hours).
Public transport is still insufficient despite the timid arrival of TCSP, thus it is essential to rent a car. The positive aspect is independence: regardless of the hotel that you choose, you can move according to your desires, without being obliged to stay on the seafront.
Unlike the traditional seaside resorts (Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey), the concept of distance does not exist. The only city is Fort-de-France. The crowds refractories can easily find accommodation near the busy seaside centre while being away.
Martinique is separated in three areas with very different characteristics: South, the Center and North. The south matches the tropical seaside image you generally have, while the North is the symbol of intense and green nature. The Centre, is especially characterised by a strong urbanisation and an important population density. It is truly the economic lung of the island where most industrial and commercial areas.


Which accomodation formula to choose?

Visitors staying for the first time in Martinique generally choose a classic hospitality. Indeed, the tour operators include the destination with the flight and accommodation. However, the hotel residences with small equipped kitchen is the most popular formula. Finally, the seasonal rentals complete the range of possibilities: from studio to family villa. The cottages and guesthouse are also expanding. Respect of environment and invitation to green tourism are the spearheads of this new type of rental services including a big rise of quality.

Short stay
If you order a travel agency (or offers on Internet), the formula of stay usually offered is the week (package includes seven nights, sometimes even six, which is rather short). Experienced will confirm it, one week there is barely enough. The flight takes approximately 8 or 9 hours and there are 5 to 6 hours of difference. Is quickly calculated. You go for example Saturday Paris, you arrive in the afternoon or early evening the same day. You must take the plane depending on saturdays, in order to arrive in metropolis Sunday (usually with the dawns, night on the plane). If it is estimated that the following the arrival, it is the phase of awareness and the last day is reserved for storage, remain you only five days full to discover the island.
By considering these parameters, we advise you to target your needs and to choose a geographical area of stay accordingly. If you like the beach, the quiet coves and water activities, go to the South of the island. If you like hiking, mountain and eco-tourism, North (or interior is preferable). La Martinique is certainly an island, but you still can visit many attractions. Which is more, the road running the North-South dessert is often traffic around Fort-de-France, which increases in a substantial way times of your trip.
Here is an example of stay that allows you to enjoy Martinique. We leave the principle that you stay in the South of the island (Sainte-Luce or Le Diamant).
1 Day
You arrive at the airport at Lamentin. You are perhaps exhausted by travel and you have one idea at the head: slip by to your hotel. A good shower, and the bed. Five or six hours of jet lag depending on the season, it is necessary to cover. You will see more clearly tomorrow .
2 Day
Wake up with the sunrise (5h30-6h), jet lag forces. After a good night's sleep, you are in the form and you taste already on the pleasure of the tropical well-being. The sky is blue, with a strong light. We suggest enjoying the hotel (relaxation, pool, beach), taking your landmarks and arrange week.
3 Day
You start to get used to the difference. Get to explore the island. The morning departures are highly recommended: here you go early, as the sun goes down around 18: 00. We offer two routes:
Tour 1: on the west coast, the so-called "under the wind". Go up the Caribbean south coast, stop in the morning with the village of the Bays of Anses-d'arlet to have breakfast. Then Fort-de-France management for shopping and market. Faites route north by the Caribbean coast to climb to the Fisherman. Visit the botanic garden of Balata (Fort-de-France) and lunch on the beach in Hut (a drink in the Petibonum restaurant on the beach). In the afternoon, a stop in Saint-Pierre (old town). You leave while turning by road from morne-rouge and cross the road to the Trace (tropical forest) down to Fort-de-France. Simply amazing.
Touch for those place on Pointe-du-Bout or in Anse-à-l'Ane: half-day in Fort de France is possible, from the maritime shuttles take it and the shuttle boat is very pleasant. With a departure to 8: 30/9am, you will be logically back around noon, unless you stay lunch.
Tour 2: on the east coast said "in the wind". You start with Le Vauclin, adorable fishing village authentic. Continue with Le François (almost mandatory stop at the home Clément), Le Robert, the caravelle peninsula. Lunch in Tartane in Granny Nanny by exempke. Then North Atlantic equipment. In Sainte-Marie, visit the cemetery, the museum of Rum or Banana. Le Marigot, Le Lorrain Macouba, where you will discover Distillery JM. And finally, Grand-Rivière and its cliffs. There, try the coconut ice sold by a charming old caribbean. It is the end of the world, the island of Dominique points her nose beyond cliffs. The road ends here. Back your steps and take Le Lorrain after the road leaving to Morne-des-Esses, Saint-Joseph... And return to your place of residence.
Two advice: you can not stop you on all city site, so make a choice. The winding roads of the interior (between River- Savoury and Rivière-Pilote) offer wonderful landscapes!
4 Day
Three classics for one day theme:
One day day charter , which means a walk on board a boat, often "maximum- catamarans". Departures from Les Trois-Ilets offered, Le Marin or Sainte-Anne. The most classic tour is the Caribbean south coast and, for lovers of the sea, the day in Sainte-Lucie (english-speaking island located south). 9: 00 Airport departure and return at sunset. Lunch on board, swimming stops with possibility for snorkelling (diving palm-mask- snorkel).
A day at the "white sandbars." Everything is in the name: they are sandy and shallow funds, located along the Atlantic Coast between Le Robert and Cap-Chevalier. To explore Martinique without having bus (a glass of rum), preferably sitting in the water and far from the coast is waste! Many companies organise this excursion: start the morning around 9: 00, discovered trois-ilets, comments on the vegetation, stop for a swim and baptism of rum in the famous "white sandbars," lunch and return in the afternoon.
Trip aboard a 4x4. Thanks to the layout and the climate of the island, many providers organise 4x4. It is a rather original way to explore the island. Appreciated by the majority of our readers, the formula likes. Two different tours and two strong concepts are offered: North or South. For the authenticity and the tropical forest, prefer North.
5 Days and 6
If you are not too exhausted, you can enjoy these two days to sports: scuba diving (half), stroll in the jet ski (half) or canoeing (for Cap-Chevalier or three Islet, Francis, Robert), windsurfing (beach), Cap-Chevalier tourist flying by plane or helicopter, canyoning etc. For lovers of local culture, the visit of a distillery, a museum (La Maison de la Canne for example) or the option in a cockfight pitt (River- Pilot) are essential.
7 Day
It is already leaving. The flights are hung in the late afternoon. Nice little touch, some structures of accommodations allow you to exchange before departure at the airport by placing a bag storage and showers. It is an advantage, because you can fully enjoy your last moments in the island.

Long stay
There are two Martinique. The green and blue one. The first, in the north, is punctuated by dull and pitons, covered with primary forest, tree ferns and gigantic trees. The second, more seaside, stretches from the peninsula La Caravelle to the southern tip and monte peacefully along the Caribbean coast. If you can stay two weeks in Martinique, one can only too advise you to share your stay between its two faces and add to it, if you want it, a small cruise on the side of Sainte-Lucie, Saint-Vincent or Grenadines.
Fifteen days in Martinique is a formula that allows you to fully enjoy your holidays. Time "to put you" and not to visit to the step of course. Four or five days in North for the discovery of the island, the natural side. Six days in the South to fully enjoy the seaside. A few days in the islands of the area. A good idea to avoid doing needless kilometres.
4/5 days in the North of the island.  Radiate around mount pelée to discover the luxuriant vegetation, the unique flora, rivers and waterfalls and of course to climb the mountain! Lovers of nature will not be disappointed with the Mark in the middle of the tropical forest. Note that Martinique offers ecotourism more and more. On the programme: canyoning, horse riding, marked trails. For the exploration of the north, you can stay on the side of La Trinité and enjoy the beauty of the peninsula La Caravelle. Absolutely visit: Grand-Rivière, Basse-Pointe, Sainte-Marie, its museum of Rum and Banana. The coast "under the wind" (Caribbean, of Schœlcher to Saint-Pierre) offers black sand beaches and small fishing villages... Guaranteed peace and authenticity. Unmissable stops, from north to south: the cove and the home Céron, Saint-Pierre, Fond-Saint-Denis...
6 days in the South of the island.  The coast that stretches from the Trinity in Cap Chevalier is a real jewel. The islands of Robert, white sandbars of Faula Tip, Le Vauclin and fish markets. Sainte-Anne and of course, with its famous beaches, including Saltworks. The village has retained its traditional look, a cliché postcard recommended for lovers of the beach. Here, the sea is, more beautiful everywhere. Plunges you discover multicoloured fish, we bask in the shade of coconut and sample crayfish the sand in Cap Chevalier. A little further, Caribbean side, visit Sainte Luce, Le Diamant and a break in the pretty village of the Bays of Anses-d'arlet. Also discover the twin bays (one of white sand, the other with black sand) that are Anse Dufour and Anse Noire. Here, there is the advantage of being on the waterfront, while enjoying the picturesque and quiet. For those who love entertainment, head for Pointe-du-Bout: restaurants, bars, many excursionists (especially water), shuttles to Fort-de-France, marina...
3/4 days in the Grenadines islands or in La Dominique.  Finally holiday in beauty, embark from Le Marin in a sailing boat with a skipper to discover the Grenadines (the plane is also available for those who have the being sea sick). It is not unusual to see dolphins in this bewitching water. There, stay at the dream beaches. The formula is declined for a day for those who are in a hurry. You must be presented around 7: 00 - 7h30 for the airport for a return around 18: 00. The plane (between new and nineteen places) allows you above all to admire for one hour the heavenly beaches of the Caribbean. Arrival at Union, you are taken care of by the captain of sailing. This walk allows you to have a quick overview of the most beautiful sites: Union, famous Tobago Cays and the small island of Palm Island. Plan between €250 and €400/person. You can also get to Sainte-Lucie. The providers offer two formulas (one day) to Sainte-Lucie: maritime transportation on board the fast shuttle express of the islands (Fort-de-France) or on a maximum- catamaran (departure from the Sailor ). Once there, the local guides make you discover the island. Lunch on the spot and return in Martinique around 18: 00 (possible by plane; 20 minute flight only).

Theme stay
Lovers of hiking, 4x4, cycling or diving will discover the great diversity of Martinique, far from city life seaside. For fans of water sports, the Antilles are also celebrated for its climate and their mode of wind. Lovers of stays golfing can check with golf course of les trois-ilets or specialised tour operators.
Cruises
If you choose a cruise in the Caribbean, here is a little idea of course. You can enjoy two or three days at one of the islands of... and you have the choice. For example, the neighbouring islands of Dominique and Sainte-Lucie present a face contrasted by their english-speaking setting.
The archipelago of the Grenadines (between the island of Saint-Vincent and the island of Grenada) offers simply dream beaches. You can organize your trip only (by getting in touch with the aviation companies or sea), but we advise you to go through an agency. They offer a package for a full day: public rate is identical, unless you fall into one exceptional period (special offers).
In the deep south, Grenadines: most local travel agencies offer this day trip by air transport, steps forces. You must be presented around 7: 00 - 7h30 for the airport; you are back around 18: 00. The plane (new or nineteen places) allows you above all to admire for one hour the heavenly beaches of the Caribbean.
You then arrive at Union where guests are entertained by the captain of sailing. This offer a quick overview of the most beautiful sites stroll: Union, famous Tobago Cays and the small island of Palm Island. The expedition justifies high prices (allow between €250 and €400/person): all day, searching for an archipelago, from island to island!
In the south, Sainte-Lucie: independent since 1979 , this small island is interesting tourist – growing. The providers offer two formulas (one day) to Sainte-Lucie: maritime transportation on board the fast shuttle express of the islands (Fort-de-France) or on a maximum- catamaran (departure from the Sailor ). Once there, the local guides make you discover the island. Lunch on the spot and return in Martinique around 18: 00. You can also go to Sainte-Lucie by plane (30 minute flight only). If you are travelling independently, the vehicles are quite expensive. The petit futé prefer the collective, less expensive and unusual buses.
In the north, Dominica: this real mountainous paradise with the 365 rivers is quite unknown metropolitan tourists. Level beach, not much, but the nature lovers are spoiled: steps in the mountains, lakes... Spontaneous landscape and natural, welcoming and wild. The island is connected to Martinique by sea shuttle express of the islands. You can also buy a pass in the travel agencies. If you have time, there are two or three days.
Hiking
Paradise of the hiker, Martinique is far from being a destination only "beaches and deckchairs". North and south, walkers have enough to occupy yourself.
The North of the island: allow between two and three days to discover the island and paths that wind through the tropical forest. Unmissable, the ascension of mount pelée can be made by several paths of different levels. At the beginning of the morne-rouge, the path of the Fin (6 hour round-trip, average level) offers magnificent panoramas. By the Fisherman (6 hours the one-way, mean/difficult level), you will have the way tangible still see traces of the eruption of 1902. Descending to the east coast, the surroundings of Fonds-Saint-Denis abound in interesting walks. Easier, but to avoid if you suffer from giddinesses, the canal of Slaves (4h ticket, easy level) follows the course of the canal de Beauregard, with beautiful views of the Carbet mountains. More difficult, along the route of the Trace, the rise of the Carbet mountains (8 hour round-trip, difficult level) allows you to discover the tropical forest. Careful! Hiking is difficult and has many difference because the six pitons extend over 16 km away and m sometimes reach the 1,000.
Peninsula La Caravelle: a day will be enough for you to discover the natural beauties of the reserve La Caravelle. The large and the path is mainly shaded and easy level. The path (2 hours) winds between the mangrove and the dry forest via the chateau Dubuc. As for the large trail (4 hours), you will come to the lighthouse La Caravelle and allows you to enjoy beautiful views Baie du Trésor. Be careful, some features are in the sun.
The south of the island: explore the mountains to the beaches. Chemin des Anses d'Arlet (6 hours, easy level) will allow you to discover the peninsula Sainte-Anne and discover its beaches and landscapes. Atlantic coast, hiking in the Traces of the Caps is one of the most picturesque, to explore on foot or by bike, in one or more stages. On the side of Vauclin, you can visit the domaine du Grand Macabou along the coastline of Small with the Macabou Grande Anse. But one of the most original hiking remains that crosses the Savannah of the Petrifications (5 hour round-trip, easy level), in the peninsula Sainte-Anne. In this desert expanse which owes its name to the fossilised trees, you can see some cacti and acacias still to grow. The landscape is striking.

How to go?


How to go? - Grande Anse d'Arlet beach.
© Author's Image

Going on a package tour
Tours, excursions, relaxation stays or diving, combined in catamaran or rigid sail, honeymoon and wedding anniversaries: the offer for Martinique covers a wide range of activities and possibilities. Specialists are numerous and offer trips for all tastes. From about €500 (excluding flights) for 8 days and 7 nights hiking; €700 for a stay under the sign of 9 days and 7 nights relaxation. The offer is also very important in order to arrange tailor-made holiday. The professionals offer the necessary services to concoct you a program à la carte.

Travelling alone

By plane
Distances . Distance and times of flight the West Indies are about 7,000 km from Paris (8 hours), and about as much, at 500 km diffrence, from the large European capitals. They are located about 3,150 km from New York and 3,600 km from Montreal. For South America, the closest is Venezuela, just about 1000 km away, or one hour by plane.
Rates . Average prices for a flight Paris-Fort-de-France: high season (November to March + July, August and Christmas): from €720. Low season (April to October, except for July and August): from 400. Note that the price changes depending on the company and, especially, the time of booking. To obtain interesting rates, enjoy the frequent offers throughout the year.

Main companies serving the destination


AIR CARAÏBES
France
✆  0820 835 835
www.aircaraibes.com
Central booking office open 7/7 from 7am to 10pm. Paris: 4, rue de la Croix Nivert. Subway: Cambronne. Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9.30 am to 5pm.

Air Caraïbes, French regular airline offers from Orly Sud one or two flights per day to Fort de France.
This service, on an A330 Airbus, is complemented by the offer of the regional network Air Caraïbes Simply to Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin (Grand-case), Saint-Barthélemy (service operated by St. Barth Commuter), Saint Lucia, the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo) and Cuba (Havana).
The company also links Belgium to the Caribbean with a departure from Orly Sud thanks to TGV AIR.
It also offers an air-to-sea connection to the island of Marie Galante in Guadeloupe with navigAIR.
Air Caraïbes offers 3 classes of service on board: Sun (Economic), Caraibes, (Premium Economy), Madras (Business).
Its free loyalty program Preference allows you to accumulate miles and to enjoy advantages.
Check the website for the ongoing offers. All flights are displayed and booking is done on the site.


AIR FRANCE
✆  36 54
www.airfrance.fr

The company offers many daily flights from Paris airports: several destinations in France, Europe and international.


AMERICAN AIRLINES
Martinique
✆ 0811 307 300
www.aa.com

American Airlines relie la Martinique à Miami plusieurs fois par semaine. La flotte est composée de Boeing B737.


CONDOR
✆ +33 0 825742352
www.condor.com
reservation.en@condor.com

The German company links Munich to Fort-de-France from November 4th, 2017. The return from Martinique is via Barbados. The passport is therefore required for passengers on the flight Fort-de-France – Munich. The flight is every Saturday. Reservations are made online or by travel agency. It is a seasonal air link, only between November and April (high season). Three comfort classes are offered: economic, premium economy and business.


CORSAIR
Agency Aréoport Aimé Césaire
THE LAMENTIN (Martinique)
✆ 08 20 04 20 42
www.corsair.fr
Open every day from 9am to 7pm.

Daily round trips flights Paris Orly Airport – Fort-de-France and to the rest of the French West Indies.


NORWEGIAN AIR SHUTTLE
Martinique
✆ +1 800 357 4159
www.norwegian.com
An exceptional launching price at €88 plus taxes, for a trip, between Fort-de-France and each of the three served cities.

The company confirms its seasonal rotations between the US and Martinique: 3 new weekly direct lines from the US. The company uses Boeing 737-800 S with 186 seats on its services between the United States and Fort-de-France. This will be the first line on the Caribbean to offer free wi-fi access. Attention: to travel by the US, it is necessary to complete the ESTA authorization form (www.esta.cbp.dhs.gov) at least 72 h before departure accompanied by a tax of US $ 14 payable on the website.
New York (JFK) – Fort de France: 3 weekly direct flights, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Florida Fort Lauderdale/Miami - Fort de France: 2 weekly direct flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Boston Thurgood Marshall Airport (BOS) – Fort-de-France: 2 weekly direct flights on Thursdays and sundays.


XL AIRWAYS
✆  0892 692 123
www.xl.com
The round trip is proposed from €455 including all taxes, luggage, meal and wireless entertainment system, XL Cloud included.

The French airline is the only one to serve the airports Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France from Paris – Roissy Charles de Gaulle (terminal 2A). Rotations of three flights per week for each destination in Airbus A330. Based on a model of ultra competitive prices, with a price of call from €429 including all taxes (to go and visit Paris Pointe-à-Pitre or Paris Fort-de-France), the have always included free hot meal, water, tea and coffee during the service, as well as a frequently changing audio-video program. A selection of snacks sweet or savoury as well as hot and cold drinks are also available at an additional cost.

Airports


BEAUVAIS
✆  08 92 68 20 66
www.aeroportbeauvais.com
service.clients@aeroportbeauvais.com

By car


ALAMO
✆  08 05 54 25 10
www.alamo.fr

With over 40 years of experience, Alamo currently has over 1 million vehicles to serve 15 million travelers every year, spread across 1 248 agencies located in 43 countries. Special rates like Alamo Gold in the United States and Canada are offered, an all inclusive car rental package consisting of GPS, insurances, taxes, airport fees, refueling and additional drivers are at your disposal. Alamo puts everything in place to make car renting easier.
varehu le 01/01/2013 If the price is decent, the problem is that, when you arrive at destination and you generally have several hours of jet lag, it is pleasant to have contact machines, take possession of the vehicle, and not humans... I continue to prefer to talk to people, rather than with interactive terminals, who, usually not include our special needs.
nationalcite le 20/07/2010 Avis de National /Citer: Thank you for this art. Just a small correction: Rent A Because does not have any bond National/To Mention or Alamo. To name is a subsidiary of group PSA as well as the National representative brands and Alamo.


BSP AUTO
✆  01 43 46 20 74
www.bsp-auto.com
Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 9.30pm, week-ends from 9am to 8pm.

It is a provider who ensures you the best rates of car rental with big renters in the train stations, airports and downtown areas. The price always include unlimited mileage and insurance. The BSP bonuses: book now and pay only 5 days before taking your vehicle, no application or cancellation fee (until the eve of the first day), the cheapest of the zero franchise options.
Voyageur dans les Balkans le 23/08/2016 I would like to alert the methods over dubious of travel agency BSP Car and his partner international renter Sixt. BSP Car promises negotiated rates of car rental to entice its guests. The problem is that BSP lunches for the first time for a vehicle allegedly reserved. While in my case, when we arrived with Dubrobvnik (Croatia), this vehicle was not available. On site, you then muddled me by adding me options on another vehicle (renovated), obviously expensive, while me ensuring that what I had already paid at BSP would be deducted from the final bill of Sixt. Except that at the end of the rental, plus question of deducing what you already paid at BSP. What you paid in France does not concern us, meets you at Sixt Dubrovnick! ! ! Toll: cost of rental twice the highest, and what you can compare to a double invoicing. So, BSP Car and its Sixt renter are to be avoided absolutely.

Staying

Sleeping


ARCHIPEL ÉVASION
65, rue de Schoelcher
SAINTE-LUCE (Martinique)
✆ 05 96 35 14 10 / 06 96 43 30 35
www.archipelevasion.com
contact@archipelevasion.com
Travel agency specialized in the rental of prestige villas in Martinique as well as conciergerie service.

Laura Chollet created Archipel Évasion in 2008. Her credo: help her customers in the preparation of their personalized individual travel. Based in Saint Luce, the agency offers you a catalog of about sixty luxury or standard villas, private excursions and a panel of personalized services: Airport reception, shopping delivery, personal chef, household, wedding ceremony, cruises… Enterntainment and wellness complement these luxury concierge services: massage in your villa, Creole cooking lessons and local crafts. With family or friends, you can enjoy your dream holidays at your own pace.


GÎTES DE FRANCE
Gallery de la Baie
30 rue Ernest Deproges
FORT-DE-FRANCE (Martinique)
✆ 05 96 73 74 74
www.gites972.org
contact@gites972.com
Monday to Friday 8am-3pm.

In full development, this accommodation formula has a lot of sucess. A guide is updated every year and is available at the reception desk. An economic solution for families or groups, favouring relationship with nature and the inhabitants.


PIERRE ET VACANCES
The village of Sainte-Luce
SAINTE-LUCE (Martinique)
✆ 05 96 62 12 62
www.pierre-vacances.fr

It is classified as a 4-soleils (4-suns) village. Since 1999, this famous group has built two beautiful homes in Sainte-Luce, Martinique, Saint-Anne and Guadeloupe.


VAOLO
France
✆ +1 418 317 6466
https://vaolo.com
info@villagemonde.com

VAOLO is an online booking platform for sustainable and responsible accommodation set up by the sustainable tourism NGO, Village Monde. This recent collaborative site allows you to discover villages outside the beaten trails, communities away from the mass tourist circuits, and go home without any intermediaries. A good way to make authentic meetings!


VILLAVEO
Quartier Bac
Allée Hermann Littée
DUCOS (Martinique)
✆ 01 76 38 00 50
www.villaveo.fr
reservation@villaveo.com

In complement of the hotel offers, in Martinique, the rental of villas is developing exponentially. Villaveo is a structure created by specialists of the destination and tourism. Three associates coming from the finance and luxury hotels fields decided to settle by the sun! They are young, super trained in marketing techniques and they joined their know-how on this diffusion site of seasonal announcements. Here you are invited to discover Martinique differently, while residing within villas or apartments of charm. All the estates are selected with a charter quality. It fullfills all types of budgets, from the luxury villa to the small apartment of charm. Only common denominator: the quality of the accommodation. The agency also offers concierge services. No more worries with the stewardship services (personal Chef, on line shopping...): they do it for you! As well, they offer a wide range of activities to do on site, off the beaten tracks.

Getting around

Plane


AIR ANTILLES
✆ 0 890 648 648
www.airantilles.com

The company is well positioned on the price groups. She performs regular rotations from Guadeloupe to Martinique, St. Martin and Sint Maarten, Saint-Barthélemy, Cayenne, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Miami and La Barbados. The destinations of Antigua and the Dominican Republic (La Romana and Punta Cana) are done only in season. You can book on line in real time and 24/24 your plane ticket with a direct and immediate access to the whole of the offers and competitive prices in particular with "flash sales". The company also has a partnership with Air France.


AIR CARAÏBES
Airport Aimé Césaire
THE LAMENTIN
✆ 0820 835 835
www.aircaraibes.com
Reservation central open7/7 from 7am to 10pm. In Paris: 4 rue de la Croix Nivert, Subway: Cambronne. Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm.

On the regional network, Air Caraïbes serves Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, and the following caribbean destinations: Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy (Service operated by Saint-Barth Commuter from Saint-Martin), Saint lucia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic.


CUBANA
✆ 05 96 42 18 68
www.cubana.cu

La Cubana serves Havana in Cuba from Fort-de-France. Bookings in travel agencies or on the Website.


LIAT
✆ 05 96 42 16 11
www.liatairline.com

21 destinations to the Caribbean including St. Lucia and Barbados.


TAXI CARIBBEAN AIR
Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport
THE LAMENTIN
✆ 05 96 66 69 60 / 06 96 27 65 91 / 06 96 91 66 05
www.tcair.fr
tc-air@wanadoo.fr
Fort-de-France to Sainte-Lucie around €650 (one-way, rate of the plane) net of tax.

It is a company that offers the rental of planes, the maiden flights and the inter-island trips. If you are several, that can be very practical and convenient (up to five places.

Boat


EXPRESS DES ILES
Terminal Inter Iles
Quai west- Bassin de Radoub
Maritime station
FORT-DE-FRANCE
✆ 05 96 42 04 05 / 08 25 35 90 00
www.express-des-iles.com
commercialmartinique@express-des-iles.com
The express train of the islands connects Martinique to the neighboring islands of the north: Dominique or the Guadeloupe like those of the south like Sainte-Lucie.

The Express des Îles serves from Fort-de-France, Guadeloupe, Dominica and also St. Lucia and Saintes on ultra modern catamarans all equipped with one upper deck in the open air. The journey time for Guadeloupe is 3 hours without stopover and 3h45 with a stopover at Dominique, 1h 20 for St. Lucia, 1h30 for Dominique and 2h45 for Saintes. Ask about discounts (baby, children, young and elderly person, subscribers, groups from 3 people): they are numerous and very interesting. You can travel with your car from one island to the other. Many agreements between the Express des Iles and some hotels of the neighbouring islands are to be found in their brochures.
The ferry terminal of Fort-de-France includes a central hall and modern lobby of 560 m² which can accommodate 1,000 passengers. You'll also find there 3 ticket offices and 4 check-in desks including one for heavy parcels and also shops. On the practical side, the parking of 300 places has been designed for disabled guests. The access to the first level leads to the police and customs filters. Then comes a spacious boarding and waiting room arranged with benches and lit by a solarspot system diffusing the sunlight without heating. On this same floor there is a rotunda restaurant with view on "Fort Saint- Louis" and Savane. Access to the luggage room for arrivals is direct and airlocks facilitate the fast delivery of luggage from the dock to the peer. The peer can accommodate two ships of 450 places. The traffic on the western dock is currently established around 300,000 passengers and 500 stopovers a year.

Taxi


MARTINIQUE TAXIS
Rue Carlos Finlay
✆ 0899 238 866 / 05 96 63 63 62

24/24, 7/7. They offer services in all kinds: transfers, hotels, shopping...

Car


AVIS
Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport
THE LAMENTIN
✆ 05 96 42 11 00
www.avis-antilles.fr
Open every day from 7am to 10pm.

Avis offers a varied choice of vehicles, all air-conditioned, from the small economic car to 4 x 4 family cars 7 places, sedans, cabriolets and 4 wheel drive vehicles. New, the very chic Prestige range with Jaguars and Range Rover Evogue cabriolets. Delivery is possible all over the island. Avis is present at Trois-Ilets, Marin and Lamentin. It is the safe value of car rental: choice, quality of service and recent vehicles.


BUDGET MARTINIQUE
Lamentin airport
Rond Point airport
THE LAMENTIN
✆ 05 96 42 04 04
www.budget-martinique.com
reservation@budget-martinique.com
Open every day from 6.30am to 9.30pm.

The company Budget has been present in Martinique for over 25 years. Three agencies on the island: airport, Fort-de-France et Trois Ilets. From Opel Corsa to Kia Sorento via convertible Audi A3... to minibus of 9 seats: you will find your happiness! All vehicles are air conditioned and delivered on your holiday place.


CAR GO
27 Route Chateauboeuf
FORT-DE-FRANCE
✆ 05 96 03 44 00 / 06 96 35 37 97
www.cargo-martinique.fr
contact@cargo-martinique.fr

CarGo is a brand established in all France; it counts less than 500 agencies throughout the hexagon. It has been represented in Martinique for over than 20 years. The agency is at Fort de France but the currency of the house rests on 2 words: flexibility and proximity. Your car is delivered in all the points of the island. Nearly a hundred cars compose the park, from a cheap private car to the mini bus (Renault Trafic combi 9 places – Nissan primastar). Their Web site is well made and ergonomic: easy booking with secure payment. Add to that a warm welcome and well tied up rates. An good address for your car rental in Martinique.


EUROPCAR MARTINIQUE
Airport Aimée Césaire and Agence
THE LAMENTIN
✆ 05 96 42 42 42 / 06 96 86 60 43
www.europcar-martinique.com
contact@europcar-martinique.com
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the site of the airport and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the agency.

Vehicles of all categories and all brands (Van, Berling, 4X4 as well as Twingo and Clio), petrol or diesel, with GPS or car seat and air conditioned are available. From three days rental, your vehicle can be delivered anywhere on the island. Remember to book on the website europcar-martinique.com and take advantage of a Petit Fute offer.
baboliv le 08/01/2015 We have a rented car for our holiday and we were very happy.It is better to take a vehicle high that a truck because the roads are sometimes violent in Martinique.The staff is welcoming.There are buses connecting the airport to Europcar.


GOODLY LOCATION
58 rue Schœlcher
SAINTE-LUCE
✆ 05 96 62 25 36 / 06 96 25 82 92
goodlylocation@sfrcaraibe.fr
Open every day from 8.30am to 12.30pm. The afternoon by appointment. Closed on Sunday. Car rental from €38 per day in high season. All-risk insurance deductible €915.

You will be welcomed by Nathalie's smile, especially if you are coming from the Petit Futé. The park is made up of recent vehicles from categories A, B And C. Free Delivery at the airport as of 7 days rental. .
doogy le 21/09/2011 available, always smiling, is to help, I rent only it! bravo Nathalie!


LOC ERIC
LA HAUT – CHEMIN DE SAINVILLE
RIVIÈRE-SALÉE
✆ 06 96 37 10 14
www.loceric.com
contact@loceric.com
Category A: from €17/day; category B from €21, category C from €27, category D starting from 35€. Open 7J/7J from 7am to 10pm.

A newcomer as car rental in Martinique. Eric and Claudine already managed a structure of this kind in the Metropolis. They were both lovers of Martinique where they stayed on holiday regularly. They have now settled and created LOC ERIC, a human-sized leasing agency. The car park is made up of a small cars to monspaces: Kia Picanto for small budgets, Peugeot 208, C 3 new generation, Peugeot 301 or Dacia Lodgy… Rates are very interesting and very good service. Airport reception and above all listening to customers is their motto. You can book and pay directly online or contact them by phone or email if you prefer. They are also a wealth of tourist information on Martinique and love sharing their experiences and good addresses.


LOKIZY
Roundabout Annette
Residence La Cédalise
Facing Carrefour Market and Azurel
MARIN
✆ 06 96 37 40 80
www.lokizy.fr
info@lokizy.fr
High and low season rates from €18/day depending on the season and duration. Instant estimate on site or by telephone. Twingo Petrol, 3 doors, 4 passengers from €18; Nissan Micra petrol, 5 doors, 5 passengers from €20; Clio III Diesel, 5 doors, 5 passengers from €23; Clio IV Diesel, 5 doors, 5 passengers from €26; Lodgy Diesel, 7 passengers from €30; Opening hours: from 7 am to 10 pm every day including sunday and bank holidays.

A nice car rental agency based in Marin.Rental of scooters of 50m 3  but also motos and scooters of 125m 3  for those having their license. The rental is open for a week. It is an original and nice way to discover Martinique... It is a very smart idea, this service being difficult to find on the island. Helmets and locks are provided, and the prices are very attractive. Book in advance, because often full in peak season. Very warm welcome and quality service.
gostes le 07/03/2015 car rental is recommended for eyes closed very professional and very kindness of the owners on March 6th, 2015Pascale Bruno


LUXIANE CAR
eLot. Dillon Stade Immeuble Avantage
11, rue des Arts et métiers
FORT-DE-FRANCE
✆ 06 96 24 86 30
www.luxianecar.com
contact@luxianecar.com
Rates: Category C from €39 to €49 per day. Category D (4X4 Dacia Duster) from €56 to €65 per day. Category E (BMW X3): €110 per day. Cheaper rates as from 7 days.

A unique car rental agency in Martinique: prestige and personal service. Luxiane Car is specialised in customized rentals. Here your car is delivered regardless of the place, day and even hour. Reception is personalized and service is of high standing. Vehicles are of higher classes and the smallest car offered is a Peugeot 208 HDI with a range of 4X4s and BMWs. No sold tariffs: Everything is based on the concept of service and quality. You book via the website. You are received at the baggage exit of the airport and the contract is already done with no waste of time ... In case you need a special decoration for big events (wedding, VIP party ...), or even a GPS ... the team is at your disposal. The team listens to you. It is a great address.
jpdevato le 10/03/2015 Excellent service and personal at the exit of the cruise terminal of Fort de France. Very friendly welcome. Everything is done to save time.
Vanessa J le 30/05/2014 Thank you for the quality service and the reactivity in the care of the requests. I recommend you obviously! Vanessa Jolly
2xvoyage le 03/03/2014 Can fooled the clause " Cleaning for sand in the voiture".Allow at least extra €10.Be careful attention.Good service from one takes you to you and follows the car where you want it.


R.CAR MARTINIQUE
17 Route de Chateauboeuf
FORT-DE-FRANCE
✆ 06 96 94 20 81
www.location-voituremartinique.com
rcars.location@gmail.com
rates detailed on their website

R.car sarl is unlimited mileage, simple booking in three stages: research, selection, booking. Your vehicle is put directly at your disposal at the Lamentin airport or at your convenience wherever you are in Martinique!
laurentfb80 le 19/12/2014 We recently rented a car via Rcar for our holidays in Martinique on advice from Petit Futé for a one week duration. We were very satisfied even if the car we had were not exactly the same as that offered on site. The reception was very warm and we could cover the car directly on our arrival at the airport. However all roads Martiniquais are not in good condition and it is necessary to aim wide enough to cover a distance because there can be no bad traffic especially around Fort de France and that dice 7: 00 in the morning! ! !


SAINT-PIERRE LOCATIONS
Quartier Trois Ponts
SAINT PIERRE
✆ 05 96 78 35 58 / 05 96 78 25 84
www.saintpierrelocations.com
reservation@saintpierrelocations.com
Saint Pierre agency open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 8am to 12.00. Lamentin agency from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 9.30pm. Car rentals 5,7 or 9 seats. Rental of utility cars, cars without driving licence and TPMR.

This is a reliable car rental company that has more than 200 vehicles in three agencies: one at Saint-Pierre, the other at Lamentin close to the airport and the third in Diamant, in the south of the island. It is a family affair, Saint Pierre Locations is partner with a Renault garage. The cars are therefore well maintained. Rates according to the season. Your reservation requests can be made by email directly. Possible delivery and free recovery from the airport, and harbours of Fort de France or Saint Pierre.
THE RUM ROAD


THE RUM ROAD - Clement house, martiniquan distillery.
© Porschelegend – Fotolia


Si pani ronm, pa ni la priè: No rum, no prayer... It is a real culture, in every sense of the term. Rum and its tasting are here part of a fundamental ritual that does not go without a long initiation, if only to learn how to distinguish the different varieties and enjoy the finest bottles. The rum experts are as "pointus" as their counterparts from cognac and armagnac. And, unlike a generally accepted idea, there are among the old rums true wonders that have nothing to do with those used to swell bananas. The national drink drunkens those who abuse, and cheerfuls those who consume with moderation. Note for laypeople, there are two types of rums: the industrial rums or sugar, made all over the world, obtained by the distillation of the residue of the production of sugar, molasses, and the agricultural rums, made in the French antilles (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante), obtained by the distillation of the fermentation fresh juice of rattan.

History of Rum
The ancestor of rum, called "Tafia"
When your read about the history of rum in Martinique, the first name mentioned in all works is the famous reverend Père Labat. When he landed on the island, in 1694, Pere Labat was victim of a terrible fever. The story says that he was saved with a decoction using an alcohol still unknown at the time, the ancestor of what is called today rum. The father wrote in his memories: The "schnapps " taken from the cane is called guildive . The savages and the negros call it tafia,  it is very strong, has an unpleasant smell, and acridness like with grain alcohol. The place where it is prepared is called vinegar factory..." (Jean-Baptiste Labat, New Travel to the Isles of America , 1722).
The beverage is obtained by the fermentation of various sugary wastes from the sugar production. This fermented solution then passes through a still and one obtains a clear liquid called t afia . At that time, this still was very basic, which explains the poor quality of this drink before.
Birth of industrial rum
In the 18th century, Martinique sells mollasses (wastes of the sugar industry) to the american colonies already producing industrial rum. This technology, developed by the English, will be used in Martinique and Guadeloupe only at the end of the 19th century. The martiniquan factories have indeed great quantities of mollasses and start to produce rum to improve their revenues. Even more, this production enabled to find another outlet with sugar cane. Therefore appeared industrial rum.
From industrial rum to agricultural rum
The origin of agricultural rum in Martinique is closely linked to the arrival of the steam engine, applied to the rattan mill. This technological revolution will lead to a concentration of homes; to produce always more, the small houses gradually get together, until the creation of what is called the "central factories". The principle is the following: the central factory (with the steam engine) was in the center of a circle of smallholdings. A railway network in the shape of a star enabled to gather the sugar cane to the factory. But a number of small houses could not reach this network because of their isolated location: they were entirely apart from the central factories and sugar circuit. Some of them started to distil directly the sugar canne (vesou) and gave birth to the agricultural rum, then called "rum z' habitants" . Later, the various sugar crises gradually transformed the central factories into agricultural distilleries.


Rum at all sauces

Since its creation by man, rum continued to inspire the creators of flavours. From long sugar cane, white, old or amber, it is in your recipe books, enhances your dishes with scents of exoticism, personalizes your pastries, your dishes and, in a moment, makes your tastebuds quiver.
Y salted!
In the overseas kitchen, tafia, or the freebooters guidive, is usually used for the marinades. We remember that the ancient didn't hesitate to add a cup of agricultural rum to bays of juniper, vermouth and a few grains of clove to flavour the manicou stew (protected today). Added to lemon juice, it purifies and removes the taste meat, hardens the shellfish' meat and perfumes the fishermen's basket. The old, with its beautiful amber and abundant robe of spicy flavours, is perfect to flambee the ouassous, the chatroux fricassées, lobsters and other treasures of the sea. The herbs macerated in the spirit go perfectly on grilled meats.
Y sweet!
On the pastry chef's table, it ignites banana, reveals all the finesse of a fritter or a coconut cake. With macerated redcurrants, it perfectly decorates the ice cream and revives the inevitable cake with candied fruits.A cordon bleu will let his confit cerisettes soak for one season before incorporating them in a delicious pudding.
Finally, it is customary to add a touch of the amber liquid in the pancake dough, avoiding the beautiful vintage bottle kept secret at the top of a buffet.
There is nothing better than a dice of old rum with subtle touches of roasted coffee to flavour a creamy milk chocolate served with brioche bread one rainy evening.
You have understood, martiniquan rum is more than a simple brandy.

Methods of production and categories of rum

AGRICULTURAL RUM
The production
The vesou is obtained by crushing the rattan and passing it in a press. This compact mass, called bagasse, is put into a crusher composed of three cylinders that provide an increasingly fine grinding. Last bagasse, very fibrous, is used as fuel and provides the factory enough energy for this operation. Grinding must be made at the latest 36 hours after the cut of the cane. Agricultural rum comes from the direct distillation of the vesou and the transformation of sugar to alcohol. This process requires a continous distillation column. The vesou, carefully filtered, is put in fermentation tanks for 36 to 48 hours. This gives a wine called "grappe" with 5° to 6° alcohol. The rest of the process then concerns the cellar master. A ton of sugar cane gives an average of 100 litres of agricultural rum at 55°.
Different qualities of agricultural rum
Old rum. A part of the white rum produced in distillery is put into oak barrels. It becomes old only after 3 years, but you can it can get older by conserving them longer. Therefore are the "3 years of age", with about an alcoholic degree of 45°. The "5 to 40 years of age" compete with the largest spirits and are as popular as old cognacs.
White rum. Base of ti-punch, it keeps intact the flavours of the freshly cut rattan. After a reduction of the alcoholic strength with distilled water or spring water, it is sold at 50° and 55° in Martinique and 59° in Marie-Galante.
Rum paille. It is a rum that stayed in oak barrels for a period that can vary from 12 to 18 months, and whose aspect took a light colour. It usually at 50°.
Amber rum. It is obtained by mix of rum paille and old rum. It has the force of rum paille and the scent of old rum. It is a strong and flavoured rum for pastry, cocktails and pancakes.

INDUSTRIAL RUM
The production
Industrial rum is made by distilleries directly linked to the cane sugar productions. The can molasses are put to ferment with yeasts. This accelerated fermentation gives an alcoholic juice which contains 5 to 6°. Then, distillation is done in columns identical to those used for agricultural rum. Alcohol then contains 65 to 75°. The law does not admit more 65° for marketing. It can be changed by adding distilled water.
Different qualities of industrial rum
Grand Arome Rum . It is an industrial very flavoured rum because of a long fermentation (8 to 10 days) of a mix of mollases and mash in wooden barrels. It is only used for cocktails, cuisine and pastry. It is unknown by the Inhabitants Of Martinique, because all the production is exported. It is produced mainly in Jamaica and in Martinique (factory of the Galleon).
Traditional young rum. It is the common rum which contains 40° alcohol. The taste is quite strong. It is used for sweets, pastry and cuisine. The industrial rum former to agricultural rum is called traditional rum. The terme agricultural rum, in comparison, is not the most eye-catching commercially speaking. It seems that the martiniquan rum farm producers made a serious marketing mistake! Aware of this awkwardness and of the superiority of the quality of their rum, they turned to the protected designation of origin. The first request for recognition in A.O.C dates back to 1970. It was done by Gustave Garnier Laroche, the president of the Professional Association of farm producing rum bottlers of Martinique. Nearly thirty years of administrative approaches were necessary to obtain the appellation. Lots of perseverance was needed to finalize the project.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A.O.C


REQUIREMENTS FOR A.O.C - Rum arrangé
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In a general way, the A.O.C conditions need a specific product on a marked territory, with a regional tradition, having a certain quality. But, above all, a real specificity, such as a particular taste, that differentiates it from other products of the same type. From the technical point of view, all the stages of production are codified, from the selection of the varieties of rattan to the process of aging. At the end, the white rums must been worked for at least three months. The rums paille have a time in controlled oak barrels. The old rums must have aged at least three years on the same site of production, in oak barrels of less than 650 litres.

ADVANTAGES Of the A.O.C ON RUM IN MARTINIQUE
Regarding marketing, this appellation ensures to Martiniquan rums a guarantee of quality and allows them to conquer new markets such as Japan, Europe or the United States. In the same way, like the Cognac or Champagne regions, the term "Martinique" associated to a rum of quality will help the image and reputation of the island. Finally, only the rums of Martinique enjoy this apelation in the world!

The road of the distillerys
In Martinique, only one factory still produces sugar, the Galleon in La Trinité: it has succeeded thanks to the general council, in 1984. Subsidized regularly, the factory has been considerably renovated in the last years. The most famous martiniquan rums are Clement, Depaz, Dillon, J.M., Neisson, Saint-James, La Favorite, La Mauny and Trois-Rivières. After visiting the main distilleries, including the museum of Rum in Sainte-Marie (Saint-James), you may want to bring back in your luggage these precious drinks that would cost you the double in France, because of alcohol taxes and the transport costs.
Unlike Martinique, Guadeloupe has an important sugar activity and produces only industrial rums. La Guadeloupe does not have a protected designation of origin. Last famous step for the agricultural production of rum, Marie-Galante is characterised by the final level at 59°, and by the traditional production of rum. Only the distillery Poisson which dates back to 1860, exports the famous label "Père Labat", that rivals its Martinique and guadeloupian cousins.
The distilleries are open all year round, starters and tastings are free or almost... But it is only during the period of collecting the cane (generally from January to August) that their chimneys smoke. We present here a small tour of the distilleries of the island that can entertain you whether you are neophyte or to complete your knowledge.
Day 1. The Saint-James distillery and its museum is a good introduction to discover the world of rum. Located beside the river Sainte-Marie since 1860, the two buildings form the village of rum. Visit the impressive metal structure of the distillery will allow you to familiarise yourself with the manufacturing process. In the park, note the dock engine that once made it possible to transport sugar through the fields. The museum has a very complete collection of instruments and bottles that trace the industrial history of the production. Finally, enjoy a small tasting offered, or a creole lunch at the restaurant of the distillery.
In the afternoon, take time to visit the factory of the Galleon in La Trinité. Last sugar refinery of the island still active, the property was bought by the Belgian Eugène Eustache in 1849 who modernized the process. Curiosity: notice an unusual cistern transformed in a Hindu temple that was built by the Indian workers of the distillery in the 19th century. According to the legend, the owner of the time had given them the permission because they would have put an end by their hinduist prayers to a terrible drought that threatened harvests.
Day 2. After a visit of the distillery J.M., head to Le François, to discover the Home Clement and its famous rum. This fine estate, now foundation and museum of contemporary art, is full of history without having lost as much for its tradition of large rum producer. Its history starts at the end of the 18th century, but it is in 1887 that Homère Clément will really give an impetus to the production. In 1986, the property was sold to Bernard Hayot, who designed the international offer of the brand. The distillation of agricultural rum is a very long and very detailed process here. Rum is distilled at 74°C, and a long period of aging in oak allows it to be brought back to 44°C. Enjoy the superb "rum bar" to enjoy very old, old rum and extra old. But beware an entrance fee €8 at the entrance.
Day 3. Continue your knowledge by visiting the Depaz castle, only surviving distillery inSaint-Pierre. Before the catastrophe of 1902, more than twenty distilleries settled in the region. Victor Depaz, the only survivor of the family, in Bordeaux during the eruption, revived the activity. Today, the rattan juice ferments in 12 tanks with a capacity of 30,000 litres each. A journey through the distillery punctuated by explanatory panels allows you to understand the manufacture of agricultural rum. The main building transformed into a museum completes the visit nicely.
A little further, in Carbet, stop at the Neisson distillery, small family company that will not fail to surprise you. Its rum, locally called Zépol because of its rectangular bottle, has a particular flavour, more intense and fruitier than the others. This flavour comes from the fact that its sugar cane grows on very fertile volcanic soil.
In the afternoon, along the road that takes you to the south, take the time to visit the Dillon distillery. At the gates of Fort-de-France, it produces several varieties of old and white rums. During the classic tour that illustrates the different stages of production, an old steam engine of 1922 will not fail to surprise you, because it still works.
Day 4. Book your last day to visit the distilleries of the south. After visiting the distillery Trois Rivières and its splendid mill, head towards the distillery La Mauny in Riviere- Pilote. The latter is one of the most important in terms of the number of produced litres. Three million litres per year! As you continue towards Sainte-Luce, stop at the Trois Rivières distillery, the establishment seems out of a film decor. Its white rum is the favourite of the barmans for the chilled mojitos!

Rum cocktails
Created in the United States towards the end of the 19th century, when the brandies of quality were conditioned in glass, the cocktail waited for nearly a century before crossing the Atlantic to Europe. In the opinion of professionals, rum is the best alcohol to dive into history. The Cuba libre was made during the Spanish-American war in 1899, when the American troops drowned Cuba and its aguadiente under Coca – Cola. The daiquiri was also invented in the Caribbean, by two geologists, who during their works in Santiago de Cuba, drunk a white rum with lemon on ice. A beautiful inspiration for Hemingway, who invented his version of the famous Daikiri. These first cocktails found their alchemy in the country of the cigar, but the most popular, served without crushed ice, not to offend it, is the famous caribbean ti-punch.


24 hours in a glass of rum

Whether white, old, very old or vintage, rum of Martinique is enjoyed at any time of the day At the first pipiri's singing, the "take-off", the first in the morning, while the "rouezeux" opens the eyes... The "pete-pied", to wake up fit. The "cocoyage", meanwhile, goes with a glass of water coco. At midday, "Ti – langoust" as a shot, directly followed by the "pousse café" or the Ti "-5%", tenth of a bottle of rum a at 50°...  The comes "The time of Christ", at 3 pm., the "folibar" is served at the bar or "Trafalgar" is an ambush.  And to finish this tour, a little "partante" before leaving, with a headache the next day, just before the "vaten-coucher" which will end your day.
FEATURE ARTICLE: THE TOUR OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE ISLAND


FEATURE ARTICLE: THE TOUR OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE ISLAND - Small Antillean stuffed.
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Gourmet Martinique


Gourmet Martinique - Meat balls
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Fort de France and its surroundings


Fort de France and its surroundings - Cocktail with red fruit and mint.
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LE JOSEPHINE
Place de la Savane
15 rue de la Liberté
Restaurant de l\\\'Impératrice Hôtel
FORT-DE-FRANCE
✆ 05 96 63 06 82
www.limperatricehotel.fr
hotel.limperatrice@wanadoo.fr
Open every day except Sunday from 12.15pm to 2.30pm and from 7.15pm to 9.30pm. Average bill €30. credit card, Cheque Lunch, cheques, Amex. Wifi.

Real iconic place of Fort-de-France, the hotel Imperatrice offers a quality table in its restaurant, Le Josephine. The menu could make your head spin with its tasty Creole cuisine. The room is furnished with local precious wood furniture, a magnificient wooden floor and pastel colours on the walls; sober and elegant. Guests can enjoy fine cuisine with a Creole accent while admiring the sight of the savannah. Reservations are strongly recommended.
ericgwad le 18/05/2011 Very good traditional cuisineforgotten recipes of most other restaurateura friendly back in timethe hotel is however a little noisy


LE JOSEPHINE - Joséphine.
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LA TABLE DE MARCEL
Situé dans l'enceinte du Simon Hôtel
1 rue Loulou-Boislaville
FORT-DE-FRANCE
✆ 05 96 50 22 22
www.hotel-simon.com
restauration@hotel-simon.com
Average ticket between €50 and €80 per person. Menu of the market at €56 per person. Open for the lunch Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm and the dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Marcel Ravin is a star chef by our colleague Michelin. Native from Martinique of which he is a wonderful ambassador, he settled in Monaco for a long time after having travelled in many places. When presented to the Simon Hotel project, Marcel gladly accepted to bring his signature in the establishment as a whole. For him, Martinique cuisine should no longer be limited to cod and boudin acras… the gastronomy of the island can also aim for excellence! The idea became reality with the opening of Marcel's Table. On the spot, it is the young chef Lindley Lanappe, from Mauritius, who is at the direction of the kitchens; He worked 10 years alongside Marcel Ravin. This table of excellence is intimate with only 24 seats, but affordable. The Chef works with small local producers and his carte changes according to the market's finds. Creativity, pleasure of the senses are the watchwords. We liked the crayfish of Mr. Mangatal served with cristophines and chou coco, the duck foie gras in old rum, the lobster cooked at low-temperature, or the triptych of fruits "Peyi" to end on a sweet note. The wine list is at the height of the establishment, not forgetting a large choice of rums. To discover quickly!

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THE AJOUPA
Bellemare Fund
PILOT CASE
✆ 05 96 61 60 34
oceane.jolly@wanadoo.fr
Follow the signs from the main road N2.
Restaurant open in the evening Tuesday to Saturday from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Open for lunch Saturday and Sunday. Closed weekly Sunday evening and Monday. Average ticket à la carte: €50. Menu at €35, €45, €56 or €66.

Attended by the epicureans of the island, Ajoupa is one of the famous tables of the island. The place along the seaside, lost a little between Schoelcher and Case-Pilote, confers an ideal setting. An evening diner facing the sea in a romantic atmosphere. As for the flavours, the Chef masters alliances. He is inventive, meticulous and likes working with noble products. The foie gras is one of his favourites: don't miss tasting the paned foie gras of duck with apples, or the veal medaillons, the paned shrimps with rosemary… The sea is not forgotten and the suggestions are declining according to the fishing returns. We noted for example the fish a la Tahitian with coconut milk.
Danykaro le 18/01/2013 Good food, but it is a shame that the chef can not recognize when a fish is limited freshness. A family caribbean d.une fishing s.y horn not.


LE PATIO
shopping centre of Patio de Cluny
SCHOELCHER
✆ 05 96 73 35 61 / 06 96 45 60 46
www.lepatiodecluny.com
lepatiodecluny@orange.fr
Meal 20-40 €. Open Monday to Friday 12pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Daily special at 14,50€. Menu of the market for lunch at €23 in full version or €18 with starter/main course or main course/dessert.Gourmet menu at €40; children's menu at €10.

Patio de Cluny is an address frequented by the residents of the island. The place isn't touristical and it is wonderful. You get there by the shopping centr and it is located upstairs. A lovely outdoor terrace and two rooms very nicely furnished and decorated: It is on the floor. A beautiful outdoor terrace and two beautifully furnished and decorated rooms: A refined and intimate setting with colourful colours, a club chairs… The kitchen is bold and original. A crossed menu, dishes for vegetarians, sweets for the greediest. An address to be discovered, full of charm and flavours.
ellamarie le 20/06/2011 I particularly appreciated by the originality of the dishes offered a clever mix of local and fresh produce (sea urchins, vegetables, lemongrass...) mixed with recipes of the world. Excellent...PS: For fun, visit the toilet... you will can put your opinion at it on a painting skilfully placed!


LE PATIO - The Patio.
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RESTAURANT 1643
Home of Anse
Anse Latouche
THE CARBET
✆ 05 96 78 17 81
www.restaurant1643.com
info@restaurant1643.com
At the exit of Carbet towards Saint-Pierre. 200 meters on the right after the tunnel.
Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday. Accessible to the disabled guests. Average bill €40.

The Restaurant 1643 is one of the oldest houses on Martinique. In its large park of secular trees, the owners welcome you in a friendly and cheerful atmosphere, while in the cuisine the chef delivers creative cuisine with creole and local flavours. Artistic encounters take place all year long. On a shaded terrace, covered and ventilated, facing the garden, the 1643 is ideal for a lunch or a traditional dinner with family, friends, in private conversation. Its colourful flowers, tablecloths and table paths set the tone. In the evening, the more intimate and romantic atmosphere settles at your table. The setting invites to relax, while the trade winds are just a few steps away.
charlotte972 le 14/08/2011 Relaxing setting, inventive cuisine. Exceptional quality of service. To be on having a good time.
samenerve le 24/09/2010 A varied menu: there is in for the buildings (dishes of nous) and tourists (caribbean dishes).The dishes are good and impeccable service: everyone is very pleasant. The price is and the site. The place is magnificent, just sit and you are relaxed...

Towards the South Caribbean coast


Towards the South Caribbean coast - Sweet delicacies.
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CARRE BLEU
On the premises of Hotel Diamant Beach
Ravine Gens Bois
DIAMONDS
✆ 05 96 65 96 94
carrebleurestaurant@orange.fr
Schedule: breakfast from 7: 00 to 9: 30, lunch from 12: 00 to 2: 00 pm, dinner from 7: 00 to 9: 30 pm. Opened every day. Set menu " Ti Plézi": Starter and main course or Main course and dessert at 22€. Facing the Diamant rock, in the side of the pool (accessible to the restaurant guests), immediate access to the beach.

Carré Bleu is located in a dreamed decor, in the heart of the Diamant Beach hotel, facing the sea and by the pool. The chef Éric Mémain, from Calais exerted in Martinique for 6 years at the restaurant the Golf at Trois Islets befoire settling here. So here he is, his new business in a magical setting where blue tones fall like the sea. The kitchen is always creative and refined, combining local flavours with French cuisine, all punctuated with oriental touches. You'll enjoy a Carré Blue menu, rather oriented good cuisine, that changes according to the market opportunities or à la carte a mixed grill of local fish, a tartar of ginger tuna, veal kidney with black pepper , mid cooked tuna biitersweet... The greediest will let themselves be tempted by the fruit Pavlova, a sort of apple tatin with caramel. The dishes are nicely presented, the service pleasant... In the evening the atmosphere is more comfortable, ideal for a dinner for lovers. The address is also nice to enjoy a drink at the end of the day with tapas. The cocktails are excellent. Cheers to all the team.


CARRE BLEU - Blue Square.
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CASE COCO
58 rue Schœlcher
SAINTE-LUCE
✆ 05 96 62 32 26
sylvain.gardin@live.fr
Open every day from 12pm to 2pm and from 7pm at 10pm. Closed on Monday all day and Tuesday for lunch. Annual closing from June 10th to July 1st. Daily special from €23 to €25. Attractive menu.

The Case Coco is a charme restaurant in a nice setting on a shaded patio overlooking the sea. Chez Sylvain, everyone is welcome. Sylvain is an experienced chef who worked in michelin-starred houses in France. Everything is made on request and the products are fresh. Let yourself be tempted by the shrimps with citrus, or by the cod acras. Then, enjoy the fresh lobster from the tank in the restaurant. For meat lovers, the druck breast with pineapple caramel is a threat. Excellent table that continues along the years.
Mamatlu le 09/01/2015 Creole restaurant. We ate here has three times and it was always a treat. Les Accra are the best than found in Martinique. Papaya with grated coconut milk, a delight. Basically a simple and refined with one taken affordable.
cpll le 18/11/2014 It is expensive for quality offered! The atmosphere is cold, crayfish died in the aquarium. Overdone reputation!
perlalice le 14/03/2012 Excellent restaurant which add a touch to the fine cuisine of the caribbean.Very good value for money. Try absolutely! The best restaurant my holidays in Martinique!
rosetremiere le 09/08/2010 Pleasant setting and exotic, excellent cuisine but agreement with the other web surfers: a little high prices.


CASE COCO - Case Coco.
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PIGNON NOUVELLE VAGUE
Anse-à-l'ane
97229 Trois-ilets
THREE-ÎLETS
✆ 05 96 38 30 60
www.pignonnouvellevague.com
pignon@hotmail.com
Open every day from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 7pm to 9.30pm. Sunday from 12.15pm to 2.15pm. Closed Sunday for dinner and Monday. Average bill €30.

Here is a restaurant that wears its name well. The set tables with turquoise tableclothes are facing the bay in this welcoming establishment Eddy, the young owner owner, already has beautiful references despite his youth! He was born in the catering (his family runs the restaurant next door) and has worked in Paris and London in nice houses in order to perfect his techniques. Now he's back in the country to the delight of the epicureans! The menu is resolutely dedicated towards the sea. Specialities include fish and seafood, we advise you to taste salad of lambis with lime (available according to the market), the pignon delights or ravioli with seafood and shellfish cream. There are also very good cocktails. The aperitif is offered with the menu starter/main course. Le Pignon Nouvelle Vague also offers take-away. A simple and authentic place. A simple and authentic place.
sunbb le 04/06/2013 Very good... I was nicely suprise by the lambis: successful cooking and seasoning! Very nice staff! Keep your authenticity! We will return.
anjy972 le 16/12/2012 The Succuelent lambis gratin starter...Good place for a meal in the head still has head in the holiday spirit is worth the detour!
misschoko le 31/03/2012 restaurant has to make your visit in Martinique very good welcome especially by manuella food silhouette seafood freshest its is really worth, but really a visit, I had my culinary pleasure particularly lambis with lime and the delight of the gableI REGALEE
Une_odeur_de_sucre_et_de_vanille le 18/01/2012 It is a definite must when my stays in Martinique, especially to enclose our holiday! a friendly atmosphere, a warm welcome with Manuella or Joelle, the barman and if you have time to chat with those in cuisine will not be disappointed. And of course the owner, a character unmissable, with a fantastic philosophy life! With them they are real meetings, also patrons (we know also Louse and Amélie...). Basically a place to be kept and share for an authentic stay and a kitchen. hummmm! And for the changing information is available " Gable Vague" News; , which was born right side! A fair promises also...


THE PITAYA
Located inside the hotel La Pagerie
Pointe du Bout
THREE-ÎLETS
✆ 05 96 66 61 54
www.restaurant-lepitaya.com
pitaya@hotel-lapagerie.com
Full menu (starter, maincourse, dessert): €39 per person. Child menu: (appetizer, main dish, dessert and drink) €19 (from 4 to 12 years old). Starter from €12. Main dish from €10. Dessert from €10. Pitaya is open every day for breakfast and diner. Possibility to have lunch on special request (groups, birthdays. Label tourism and handicap + Quality tourism label.

Pitaya is a pleasant restaurant nestled in the heart of La Pagerie hotel. It opens on the inner garden and the swimming pool. It offers a mixed cuisine just like Martinique. The carte is semi-gastronomic.. Enjoy for example as starter the chatrou carpaccio, candied vegetarian chilli and fresh cheese. As main dish, we recommend the sea risotto, chorizo oil and parmesan crips or even the lamb chops and giraumon variation. Finish with a sweet gourmet touch, the desserts are freshly prepared by the pastry Chef: special mention for the baba with old rum. The setting is tropical in a relaxed atmosphere. The service is very friendly. The recipes compete in originality. We appreciated this journey of savours.


THE PITAYA - The Pitaya.
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PURA VIDA
Gros Raisins
SAINTE-LUCE
✆ 05 96 53 89 35 / 06 96 27 82 83
www.puravidarestaurant.fr
puravidarestaurant@orange.fr
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Monday. Services from 12pm to 2pm and from 7pm to 10pm – Child space – free Wifi – Digestive offered – Terrace. A menu at €35 which is declined in Land and Sea.

La Pura Vida is an exquisite restaurant installed on the outskirts of the village, in the heart of Gros Raisins. A zen decor, a healthy and delicious cuisine characterizes the place. The decor is ethnic with objects collected during travels: wood is omnipresent with a large deck that opens onto a terrace with a lounge area for a drink. As for the cuisine, the chef likes to combine flavours with a mixed cuisine. Rigorous on the quality of products and cooking, he offers a menu that changes according to the market.. The welcome is charming, the cuisine always in mouvment, with an excelent value for money. The Pura Vida is a gourmet establishment to discover without delay.
sourire 67 le 05/08/2013 very nice restaurant have been eating we several times in May and August there recommended


TI PAYOT
Grande Anse
1 allée des Raisiniers
THE HANDLES OF ARLET
✆ 05 96 69 07 38
Opened every day until 7pm. Catering facilities from 11: 30 to 4.30pm. Dishes from €10. Average bill: €20.

It is one of our favorite places on the island. A bar-restaurant, feet in the water, a very friendly atmosphere, a splendid view of the sea… As for the cuisine: the Chefs prepare tasty dishes. The carte changes every day, between a mixture of Creole and French cuisine. Fresh fish tartare is one of the great specialties of the place. Fish such as Marlin or smoked tuna, acras, boucané chicken, generous salads, lambis fricassée or the daily special... Once finished, you can choose between a nap on a deckchair with a fresh fruit juice or reading a book under a hut. Free wi-fi. New: Tapas Apéros, check the news on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/plongeepassion.tipayot). Note the presence of Diving Passion Club and the boat Dauphin Passion. One of the most serious and nice of the island.


TI'TOQUES
Odysée building
Marina
MARIN
✆ 05 96 74 72 32
www.restaurant-titoques.fr
resto.titoques@yahoo.fr
Open every day, except Monday, non-stop service noon to midnight. Average bill €25.

Restaurant-brasserie, located at the corner of the building (opposite the water sports club), all in teak with undulated forms like a wave. One unique large and open terrace. Their strong points? Rapidity and taste! You will discover the menu on a large blackboard: among others, Scallop capellinis and shrimp tails, the lambis crumble, the fois-gras creme brulee or the grilled prime rib. They also offer a variety of tasty suggestions on beautiful plates. For quick lunches or dinners, salads, pizzas or pancakes hold the star. The fresh fruit juices are as good as the ice creams. All the dishes served can be taken away.
capristelle le 11/01/2014 There is a place where the chefs are true artists, the owners and staff welcome you as if you were the unique guest. Quality, quantity, the variety and taste of the dishes, wealth and the combination of flavours have made TI HATS my favourite restaurant for over 4 years!
jessyb972 le 15/03/2011 Nice restaurant, although a bit noisy, but I find that this place is not what it was and quality fell. Ah, I forgot: An advice, ESPECIALLY, avoid " sympathiser" the manager for fear of seeing itself stop by this " Môssieur" about 4 times during your meal! Given and lived! just saoûlant...
alexia41 le 12/03/2011 After reserved for a table at the beginning of March 2011 my family and me naps leave 1: 30 after our arrival without being served! 12: 45 Arrival and departure at 14: 15 with the stomach only one aperitif! And no explanation on behalf of our waiter, it totally unknown us and fled our eyes. We therefore decided to leave and imagine our surprise when it offered to us our take-away beef with plastic seats! Super practice! But it took us for pigeons! A shame because as a result will not go back we longer here too disappointed...
marechal1 le 27/10/2010 Good address in the South Martinique. Decent setting, varied menu, always a good effort of presentation on the dishes but noted a large fall of the quality of the service and quality ingredients served. Too bad.Another flat, very average cocktails at the barman


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THE ZANDOLI
Route du Fort d'alet
THREE-ÎLETS
✆ 05 96 59 88 00
www.la-suite-villa.com
Open every day from 7.30pm to 10pm. Average bill with wine around €60.Degustation menu with 7 dishes: €70. Starters between €9 and €19. Dishes from €24 to €36 and desserts from €9 to €18. The daily menu is at €42 with formula starter + dish + dessert or the formula 2 dishes at €33: starter + dish or dish + dessert.

This most charming restaurant nestled in the beautiful setting of the Villa Suite is one of the Petit Fute favorites: bright, minimalist decor and chic, designer furniture... and an idyllic setting facing Fort-de-France by the pool. As for the cuisine, the chef Alexandre Dauberton insufflates a revival and a real elevation. With a solid experience in starred restaurants, he got familiar with local products and offers a carte with crossed flavours and mixes perfectly the traditional values of french cuisine with caribbean touches... The starters compete in originality: sea urchin nuggets with champagne sabayon, marlin ceviche, the ouassou snacké in a citrus vinaigrette, the excellent mid-cooked marinated with spices, roasted veal cutlet and zucchini salad... The Master pastry chef meanwhile will amaze you with the most recommended lemon tart (we still dream about it..). The lounge bar is an invitation to travel: cocktails with colours with original starters. People come here for a drink with friends, lovers or to meet artists who come to share the time of an exhibition their passion with Anna, sparkling co-owner of the place.
salem972 le 11/12/2016 poor cuisine, the view is beautiful but overload paintings is not very good taste. the service is average.
laet75 le 08/03/2012 Magnificent hotel. It is true that the lady is not very welcoming, but the employees are quite responsive, and the dishes are of great finesse. Host and modern presentation grand chefs, unique setting. Small flat for the view of the buildings next door. But I recommend the revisited lemon tart, a marvel. A super moment for the tastebuds...
ravinala972 le 15/08/2011 Disappointment of the reception (brown metropolitan lady very unpleasant from the beginning at the end of the meal)The wine practically arrived at the end of the meal, mustard arrival at the end of the meal, dry also when requested questions about the various menus (still brown lady),pas de coffee served at the end of the meal,visit first floor curtly forbidden by the same, while the last time you had been able to visit our other guests if not the small young people are well and stunning setting.


THE ZANDOLI - Zandoli restaurant
© JC DUSANTER


ZANZIBAR
11, boulevard Allègre
Seafront
MARIN
✆ 05 96 74 08 46
www.restaurantzanzibar.com
zanzibar972@orange.fr
Open every day from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 10pm and 10.30pm weekends.

An name recalling faraway islands has become in a few years an unmissable stop in the south of the island. We must say that the decor is charming: terrace overlooking the sea, refined atmosphere with wide sofas, soft lighting in the evening... This restaurant with a crossed charm abounds in refined dishes concocted with fresh and quality ingredients. The Discovery menu makes your taste buds travel! There is no miracle recipe, know-how and love of his work are enough. As for the bar, cosy and comfortable, it remains a must to enjoy a cocktail, an exceptional rum (a cellar with extraordinary rums) or smoking a good cigar for the amateurs. The Zanzibar team also proposes a new formula in Martinique: a gastronomic cruise on a catamaran, called Cook & Sail By Zanzibar. See our article in Le Marin.


ZANZIBAR - Zanzibar. Zanzibar.
© Agence MDES

The Atlantic coast


The Atlantic coast - Tomato salad and avocado.
© Agence MDES


BELÉM
Domaine de La Prairie
The cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa
LE FRANÇOIS
✆ 05 96 54 80 80 / 05 96 54 88 44
www.capest.com
Open only for dinner 7 days a week day. By reservation preferably. Annual closing in September. Average bill €80. Full menu at €75.

Belem is the bistronomic restaurant of the Cap Est Resort Hotel & Spa. From the room with intensive tones and clean lines, its soft and cosy atmosphere, the view plunges into the sea by dominating the whole hotel complex. Open on the outside and slightly ventilated by the trade winds, the table is meticulous and the setting ideal for dinner in lovers or among friends. The Chef likes to work with local products and freshly delivered products. The map evolves according to the seasons and his desires. On Friday evening, a large buffet of various Creole delicacies is offered. Get information on the spot.


LE RESTAURANT DE LA FRÉGATE BLEUE
Quartier Frégate Est 4
LE FRANÇOIS
✆ 05 96 54 54 66
www.fregatebleue.com
info@fregatebleue.com
Open for lunch and dinner every day except on Sunday and Monday. Menu at €28 and €30 (starter + main course + dessert). For lunch: snacking formula.

La Frégate Blue is by the pool of the hotel with an eponymous name. Damien, the owner, nicely refreshned the place: decoration was re-examined and the atmosphere is very cordial, especially the evening with its soft and coloured lighting. The cuisine is resolutely creole with a little modernism revisiting the traditional dishes of the island. We particularly liked the lambis fricassée, stuffed aubergine and crushed yam. The dishes are nicely decorated and the service pleasant. It should be noted that events are regularly organized at the restaurant. The Sunday Grillade Party is very pleasant: from 11am to 11pm, a brunch BBQ with musical entertainments along the pool. Check the news on their Facebook page.


LA TABLE DE MAMY NOUNOU
Hotel la Caravelle
Route du Château-Dubuc
Anse l\\\'Etang (at the edge of D2)
TARTANE
✆ 05 96 58 07 32
www.hotel-la-caravelle-martinique.com
hotelcaravelle@wanadoo.fr
Open every day from 12pm to 2pm and from 7pm to 9pm, except Tuesday. Annual closing in June and September. Average bill 25-40 €.

La Table de Mamy Nounou is the restaurant of La Caravelle hotel. The charming owners welcome you in a beautiful fully renovated setting. At lunchtime, you can enjoy your meal under the hut of the ventilated, panoramic and quiet terrace facing the Atlantic. The cuisine is inventive, refined and inspired by the treasures of the country. In the evening, you can have dinner on the veranda or in the dining room, in an original setting, individually decorated with antique objects of the world. Hosted in the lounge, then invited to table, you will enjoy a cuisine where French flavours are combined to local products (terrine lambis, emulsion of sea urchins, saddle of bream with hibiscus juice, Grenadian of piglet and stewed pineapple with ginger... ), without forgetting the homemade desserts (the infusion of pineapple caramel with spices and its sorbets, the iced soufflé with the shrubb...). It is definitely a place blessed by the gods. An address to be consumed without... moderation.
fredantilles le 18/10/2012 Lunch on the terrace stunning views and good food revisited traditional dishes (not hearty enough for the large appetites). To recommend crayfish: exceptional (to be reserved). The evening fine, original and exquisite gourmet menu. With not missing.
MELMAX2 le 22/03/2012 Tourist trap. Pretty setting but it is all! Attractive menu mall eaten and very expensive.


PLEIN SOLEIL TABLE D'HÔTE
Pointe Thalémont
On the road between Le François and Le Robert.
LE FRANÇOIS
✆ 05 96 38 07 77
www.hotelpleinsoleil.fr
info@hotelpleinsoleil.fr
Open every night of the week except Sunday and friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Formula table d'hôtes is offered with a full menu excluding drinks 45 €, upon reservation 24: 00 in advance, at the Plein Soleil residence. Service from 19: 30 am to 21: 30 pm.

If you wish to make a stop far from crowds, think of booking a table in Plein Soleil. Here is a haven of peace where we do not come coincidentally... Decoration marvelously simple, combining the tonalities of white and light beige. Pools gorged with carps insufflate freshness. Facing the sea, on a large terrace ventilated by the trade winds, your table set, you will be welcomed like friends.. Two menus with thousands unceasingly renewed flavours will be proposed to you with a choice between fish or meat. For a few years this famous table has not ceased progressing in quality. Chef Rudy Réclair cultivates a remarkable creativity and combines crossed flavours with the fresh local products. An intimate address, impossible to circumvent.


TANTE ARLETTE
3 Rue de Lucy-de-Fossarieu
GRAND RIVER
✆ 05 96 55 75 75
www.facebook.com/restaurant.tantearlette.martinique
contact@tantearlette.com
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12.30pm to 3pm. Closed on Monday. Fixed rate formulas lunches from €16 to €30. credit card, Amex and cheques lunch and holidays (ANCV) accepted. No the bank check.

Subtily revisit traditional cuisine is a real know-how challenge! The table of Aunt Arlette won this challenge and will delight your tastebuds with acras of titiris (very small fish of west indian water found at the mouth of the small shallow rivers, specialities of grand River), and its menu resolutely orientated towards seafood! The specialty of the establishment: "the pot of the fisherman" bears an evocative name. Exquisite blend of crayfish, lobsters, crabs and fish, this "pot" is a "culinary dive! " in the aquatic diversity that Grand Riviere offers: between sea and river. On Sunday, it is to the sound of mazurka, biguine and other local sounds that lunch is served. Family restaurant, Tante Arlette, are one of the pillars of the traditional creole cuisine. After dinner, enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in an atmosphere that only towns that have kept their rural soul can offer! Quite an experience in the heart of a lush nature, the refreshing rivers and black sandy beaches that offer this city of the end of the island, Grand-Rivière!
jervan le 17/01/2017 A visit to Large River, it is a must in Aunt Arlette. We went there without book… no problem to find us two places… Meal attractions our expectations… accras with fish (cod or titiris), which is still rare because accras are often right fritters,… dish of the sea (accras, crayfish, smoked fish) very generous and delicious… Aunt Arlette come to greet each table with a friendly word… the restaurant unavoidable when you come in the Far North from Martinique…
FannyS le 10/04/2012 brilliant restaurant, good food and good atmosphere
laet75 le 08/03/2012 We could not taste its cuisine... crowded Restaurant, we were not welcomed and very disappointed. But ask for information by inhabitants, we moved to Iva at Vava, and we enjoy ourselves...
nounoune972 le 24/02/2011 Only bad faith grows with such remarks. It is not normal only one restaurant " Crowded " that is noisy. And yes, it is that, the " stop oreilles" the " Tante Arlette" the victim of its success, especially when the guest is 8 hours by plane (nothing to do with 2 hour drive) to enjoy its pot and grilled meat fisherman and its famous accras of " titiris" , served by a very welcoming staff showing a professionalism except pair.Bravo restaurant " Tante Arlette" and its staff, I will still go back and always however noisy is this restaurant.
DISCOVERY


DISCOVERY - Schoelcher Library.
© Sime

Martinique in 25 key words


Martinique in 25 key words - Fruit stall at the market
© JC DUSANTER


Little lexicon

Anoli: small green harmless lizard widespread in the Antilles. `
Ajoupa: arawack shelter made of branches.
Acra: Donut made with vegetables or fish served for aperitif.
Alizé: east winds which offers to the country mild and humid climate.
Bacoua: large woven straw hat, with conical cap and high boards, specific to the caribbean fishermen.
Béké: White Creole descending from families of France who settled in the Caribbean in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries .
Koko nèg': clay pot that fears shock.
Kouï: half of a calabash; was used as a dish, container...
Lélé or baton-lélé: whisk made with small branches of tree with three or several fingers.
Makrélage: the fact of dealing with others business.
Palaviré: slap.
Pomme-cannelle: little fruit of the anonacées family very flavoured with white flesh whose skin is formed with many lobes.
Rara: rattle.
Sec: small glass of white rum, without anything else.
Sillac or siyak: traditional musical instrument composed of a ribbed bamboo rubbed with a baguette.
Sinobol: crushed ice cream with syrup – word derived from English "snow ball".
Sirop de batterie: cooked and concentrated cane syrup.
Tibwa (or ti-bois): traditional musical instrument composed of two wooden baguettes that strikes a piece of bamboo or a drum.
Ti-moun', Ti-manmaille: children.
Tim-tim: creole riddle.
Tombé-levé: name given to the taxis in Martinique.
Tré (or tray): trunk in the shape of a trough used by commercials to transport their products on the head.
Vidé: more or less disordered crowd procession, during the carnival.

Abolition
On April 27th, 1848, Victor Schœlcher, then under-state secretary to the Marine and the Colonies of the Second Republic, signed the edict abolishing slavery. The official declaration had not yet arrived on the Martinique island, that the slaves of Martinique on May 22nd revolted and obtained the abolition of slavery. May 22nd is one of the most celebrated days in Martinique.

Caribbean arch
Just observe the shape of the west indies archipelago to understand this name: a harmonious natural curve drawn by the islands in a dotted line, from Granada toSaint-Martin, two ends of a regular arch. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west, the antilles arch stretches over a length of approximately 1 500 km and has a hundred islands.

Rains or “showers”
From August, the season is strongly wet with a regular level of rainfall: it rains often by small or large showers. But the temperature is soft and the constant noise of rain on the sheet roofs becomes a throbbing but attractive leitmotiv.

Carnival
This is undoubtedly the most popular festival of the year. It starts on the Friday after Epiphany and ends on Ash Wednesday, a specificity of Martinique. The weeks before the carnival, are held the elections of the kings and queens of the carnival in the cities of Martinique, some colleges, etc. Every sunday, there are parades groups on foot and vidés (parade in the streets with rhythms of carnival to the sound of sound systems on tanks or groups on foot). Days and nights succeed in an frenzy and joyful atmosphere. All Martinique is in jubilation during this period of the year.

Hut in gaulettes
At the Native times, Arawak indians lived in small huts installed on the waterfront. Despite the urbanisation of the island, Martinique saved the essential features of this type of homes with its creole huts. In the dry countryside of the South, there are still some of these huts "in gaulettes", made with woven branches of Ti' baume and sometimes covered with cob.

Cemeteries
The West indies have preserved some European traditions, including the funeral rites, of course adapted to the local culture and thereforehave changed with time. The cemeteries are a perfect example. They do not form a gloomy space apart. On the contrary, they are inseparable places of life for the West-Indians, very worried by death and Hereafter. They are real jewels, both for the chosen places and for their great architecture. You will therefore be interested by these beautiful and mysterious monuments, especially at All Saints.

Cockfights
This ancestral tournament arised in the splendour of the Indian palaces. Like the gladiators, Gallus enters his turn in the arena. After having followed an itinerary of thousands of years through the continents and societies, it finally arrived on the martiniquais coasts. Some say the Iberian conquerors are the instigators of the cock fights in the West at the xv e century. Others suppose that Martinique and Guadeloupe inherited them from the French. Most chatty say that the first discoverers, Duplessis, or the Dutch have nothing to do with this business. The english, however, who even practiced it in their schools, would have introduced them on the island during the XVIII e . So who bets?

Dance
Bèlè, beguine, kalenda, mazurka, waltz... come to the zouk via the reggea, the ragga or the dansehall. The dance is an important element of the culture in Martinique. Outside the inevitable outings in nightclubs, you don't lack occasions to go dancing in Martinique: dancing lunches, banquets, roof-bar evenings, garden partys or lunch/midnight. Moreover, there are lots of associations and groups that teach as much contemporary dances as the traditional dance on the savannah of Fort de France sundays at the end of the day.

Mourning
Beyond the seas, on the other side, All Saints returns with the cold and starts the winter, while at thousands of kilometres, in the softness of the alizé winds, November 2nd marks one of the most anticipated days of the calendar. Because in the Caribbean, unlike in most French departments, the All saints Day is celebrated in a large song of joy... All this to say that this cult holds a considerable place in the life of the Inhabitants Of Martinique, especially that the beliefs, traditionally, are different and numerous. Although declining, note, in comparison with the metropolis, the importance of this particular moments, illustrated, for example, by the existence of specialty shops for mourning clothes.

She-devil
The she-devil or guiabless is a supernatural character with the appearance of a beautiful woman with goats feet. Endemic of Martinique, it attracts men and mislays them. The she-devil symbolised the white lady (woman or daughter of Master) who took pleasure charming the most handsome black slaves on the plantations. These slaves were then severely punished by the Master "to have been hit" by these thirsty women of pleasure. At the Carnival, the she-devil is a transvestite in black and white who cries her king on Ash Wednesday.

Crayfish
On the menu of the restaurants, these charming freshwater small beasts share the limelight with lobster. They are dishes of choice for the caribbean cuisine. Lobster are called z' habitants in Martinique and ouassous in Guadeloupe. The term of crayfish is however unsuitable, as all comparable ouassous they belong to the shrimp family: the ouassous largest and most searched, which can reach twenty inch and weigh more than a pound. The request is such that they are now breeded, but the wild ouassous remain the best for connoisseurs. Among the other "false" lobster, two families: the "small" as the "red tail", the "chabine" and the "grand bras"; then, especially in the mountain streams: "the caca d'or"", the "grosse patte" and the "guimbois". Only the ouassous et, to a lesser extent, the grand bras, are widely consumed.

White sandbars
Sandy seabed (everything is in the name) and white, with very little depth. There are some along the coast between Le Robert and Sainte-Anne (Cap-Chevalier) via the legendary bathtub in which the Empress Josephine loved so much to refresh herself.

Gum trees
Yawl is inspired by the gum tree, gommier, name of "bwa fouyé" (creusé, taillé), carved in the tree trunks. "Rent the eternal", "rose", "the lethal gun", "doudou", or "l chapé" are as many names carefully painted on its side, which poetically speak of god, of the love of a chabine, or rebellion. It is on board of these Caribbean frail boats that "Brown Negros" (escaping slaves) braved the wrath of the sea in the 19th century. The history was repeated at the time of admiral Robert, when the dissidents, condemned without trial, faced the rough canals of Dominica to join the forces of Free France in 1940.

Creole houses
At the origin, dwellings of the settlers: they gathered a vast residence with multiple assignments. By extension, the term designates the owner of a sugar plantation and tobacco fields. It is therefore composed of the manor, often perched above the outbuildings, accommodation of the servants, cuisine, buildings of the administration of the estate, shops to store luggage, workshops, or manufacturing sheds, from the sadly famous negro huts where the slaves piled up. The creole home is a model in the arrangement, light and ventilation as in the conservation of freshness. Wood used are mahogany or the coubaril.

Games
Domino is a very popular game in the Antilles. There isn't a specific moment to play, every free moment will do: the weekend or in holiday period, on the beach after the lunch, at the time of the visit of some comrades, sitting around a small table under the well ventilated veranda with refreshments within reach.
The men are extremely devoted to this game. The plastic or wooden pieces are cut down with force, "to strike" the adversary. And finally the "belle" gives them the right to pre-dinner drinks.

Lobster
Once the dish of the poor – times have changed - this seafood with long branches is king in Martinique. It is eaten with all sauces. Its fishing is prohibited between 1 er  January and on March 31st, period of reproduction, and its size should not be lower than 22 inch (14 cm for the Brazilian).

Markets
They generally start early every morning and each town has one. Often small, simple and folk, markets with fruits and vegetables are located in the city centre. High place of urban sociability, the spice market is the place where the social categories mingle without taboos. They comment the facts of the day around a kilo of sweet potatoes or a beautiful bundle of carrots. Addressing people as "tu" instead of "vous" is obligatory and speaking Creole is highly recommended and everybody has a right to bargain in a last century friendly atmosphere.

Matoutou Crab '
Several crab species live in Martinique. You will find them in the rivers, on the beaches, in the rocks, the mangrove or inland. There are the touloulous , the sé my fault , the mantous , the mall zorey , the zagayas which makes delicious dishes: the crab matoutou.
Tradition obliges, to celebrate Easter, the martiniquais meet with family and friends, on the beach or at home, to enjoy Crab' Matoutou. First they fish a sea crab, then it is brushed to clean it. One withdraws his paws and it slices his body in two. Finally it is cooked with shallots, garlic, parsley, chives, oil, rice, vegetables, pepper, lemon and curry and is a delight until nightfall.

Morne
This term designates a hill, a hillock which can be at diverse altitude, from forty to several hundred metres. Given the size of the islands, the ascension of a morne goes along with magnificent views on the Caribbean coast, or Atlantic.

Negritude
Literary and political current born during the Inter-war Period, the Negritude contains a circle of french black writers, including Aimé Césaire, Léon-Gontran Damas, René Depestre or Léopold Sédar Senghor among others. Related to the anticolonialism, it will later influence the relatives of Black Nationalism and will be extended far beyond French-speaking areas.

Night
Night falls quickly in the West indies, between 18: 00 and 18: 30. The nightlife which was rather limited up to now tends to develop in cities or on the sea side. However, during holidays, the West-Indians enjoy organising live partys, with the help of DJ or musicians. The clubs offer a mix of spicy rhythms, with a good dose of modernity.

Rasta
The rastafari movement was born in Jamaica and was widespread in the Caribbean, thanks to the success of the reggae music. Assimilated by certain to a religion, the word philosophy of life would be better to define it . A way of seeing the world and its creation. The "believers" of this movement are often called Rasta . We recommend not to use this word because although correct enough, it is denounced by the rastafaris which are against the categorization of folks and claim the unification of the people.

Rum
Whether it is "dry" or served with a glass of water, the "ti-punch" makes you wonder as for its name. Some say that the "punch" comes from the Hindu word for five, in accordance that this drink is made of the same amount of ingrédients.
Others say it means, as implied in the universal trade dictionary of Jacques Savary des Brûlons (1757-1716), a spike that penetrates. However, more probably, the word would have occurred at sea and was inspired by the punchons (barrels used for the conditioning of tafia), word itself derived from the old French "ponçons, ponchons poinçons...

Skiffs: wood raised on the sea
The tour of the round skiffs of Martinique offers an unique show in the world, a competition of colourful boats sailing on the big blue. Real national sport or trade issue, these "raised wood" stands against wind and tides, is more than a popular business, an osmosis between man and the sea.
The competition starts in great secret on the construction site. Leaned onto the stem of the boat, the axe, inseparable tool of the local marine carpenter, rests. In the workshop, all exudes the forest of Martinique, bamboo of the yard, the angelica, the pear tree peyi for the frame. It takes, for this sea craftsman, all the know-how inherited from the ancients to create, in a few tides, a hull with pure lines with a large square aerofoil, without "ballast" or "sealed skittle". The yole, of Norwegian "jol" (boat) – word proven in the language of Molière by 1713 -, is above all linked to the storms of the past.
It is in this wind of freedom, at the gates of the liberation, that a carpenter from François, hade a dream of a new generation boat. A boat redesigned, modernised, with a narrow hull (10.80 m for around 700 kilos), slender, light, with low draught, and one or two sails in addition for extra propulsion. More handy and faster, the round yole becomes, from Large River to Sainte-Anne or François du Vauclin, the favourite boat of sailors. Consequently, it causes real challenges launched by fishermen to be the first to drop on the dock the fruits of their hard labour. From wild rides to organised regattas, the yole is then a real success and became the most mediatized tour of the year.
First limited to a few villages during the patronal festivities, the skiff competitions, in a few years, also became the business of the coastal towns. All sails outside in new nylon, la yole promotes itself. In the race against the trade winds, the boat, equipped by sponsors, becomes the national sport of the Inhabitants Of Martinique.
Each boat – which can cost up to €18 000 is now a matter of a great care. Constantly upgraded to enhance its performances, as with any competition vehicle, the yole is revamped each season. A great opportunity to go fishing to finance this colourful, emblematic and touristical sport which is nowadays, inseparable from beautiful Martinique.

Zouk
Zouk is a musical style created at the beginning of the 80's. It was made famous by the Kassav band with its hits  Zouk la sé sèl médikaman nou ni , Siyé Bwa , etc. This new style mixes carnival rhythms, jazz, biguine, Calypso with new instruments. Then you can hear different types of zouk: the zouk concrete, the zouk love, the zouk metal. Today the word zouk indicates especially music, dance or the festival place; more than a "drug", it is a real remedy against moroseness.

Overview of Martinique


Overview of Martinique - Colibri.
© Vincent FORMICA

The West Indies are an archipelago with lots of islands, large in the north, small in the south, facing Central America. They are bathed by the Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west. About 7,000 km separate the Antilles from Europe, or around eight hours flight. However, they are close to North America (Florida), Central America (Mexico), and South America (Venezuela). Located in the Northern hemisphere, except some islands like the Bahamas, they are stretched south of the tropic of Cancer over a length of 1,500 km, between the 10th and the 23rd degree of latitude. Their total area is of 225,000 km ², a little less than half of France. In the north, Greater Antilles: Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Porto-Rico. In the south, Petites Antilles, a string of islands and islets which form an arc. It is, from north to south: Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Christophe, Antigua, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, Sainte-Lucie, Saint-Vincent, Barbados, Granada, Trinidad and Tobago.
Martinique and Guadeloupe occupy, among Petites Antilles, central location. 250 km separate them. The English island of Dominica is a pretty link between the two French islands.

Geography


Geography - Beach of Martinique.
© Author's Image
Martinique covers an area of 1,128 km², that is to say two-thirds of Guadeloupe, 80 km long and 30 km wide. It stands out from the other french departments by its smallness and high density of its population, approximately three times more important than that of the metropolis. However, this density is much lower in the North, the demographic poles being harvested in the South, with Fort-de-France, the capital, and the coast resorts. The "Morne" (small hills), the Carbet mountains and mount pelée, highest point in the north (1 397 m), give relief to the island that can be cut into three regions:
North, with tropical vegetation, a spectacular nature (gorges, ravines), and the mountainous group with the Carbet mountains and Mount Pelee, which offer superb walks to hikers in the large spaces of the regional park, between lush forests and chirping rivers.
The Center, the plain of Lamentin, the two cities of Fort-de-France (administrative centre) and Le Lamentin (airport) and more than a third of the population.
The South, with its bays and coves where are nestled the famous beaches, the mangroves and the mountain of Vauclin, an ancient volcano. This south, not very mountainous, has the most popular resorts of the island: les Trois-ilets, les Anses-d'arlet and Le Diamant to the west, Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Luce and Marin in the east.
Note that Martinique includes 48 islets which are real natural observatories of fauna and flora.

Climate
27 °C in average, with tips at 32 °C and rarely less than 20° C: here is the daily life of Martinique. However, sometimes between mid-December and the beginning of January the temperature passes, at night, below 20 °C.

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