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Martinique, Classic and Cool

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Martinique is an enchanting outpost of France in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. It’s long been a favorite of travelers who like their tropical sun paired with a certain joie de vivre and an authentic warm Creole welcome. Recent developments provide even more reasons to visit. New hotels, a museum of contemporary Caribbean art, and expanded service from the U.S. (including routes from DC/Baltimore, Boston, and New York) make this a perfect time to give your beach holiday a French twist.
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Fort-de-France Bay, Martinique
The island’s capital, Fort-de-France, is graced with buildings that reflect almost four centuries of French influence, including a turn-of-the-last-century cathedral and a library shipped from France and assembled on its current site. There were,...
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Anse Ceron, Martinique
Much of the history of Martinique is tied to the production of sugar. The “white gold” was once so valuable that France was willing to cede its claims to Canada in order to regain Martinique and nearby Guadeloupe. Fields of sugar cane are still an...
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Saint Louis Catholic Cathedral, Rue Victor Schoelcher, Fort-de-France, Martinique
Fort-de-France is among the oldest European settlements in the Caribbean, with a fort first built here in 1638. It was destroyed, and the earliest portions of the Fort Saint-Louis that now stands on the same site date from 1669. The fort entices...
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22 Rue Garnier Pagès, Fort-de-France 97200
Given the French embrace of jazz, no French capital—even one in the Caribbean—would be complete with a great jazz club. And Fort-de-France has a singularly charming one. Jean-Pierre Villeronce is the owner of Vieux Foyal, just a block from the...
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domaine de l'acajou, Le François 97240, Martinique
Martinique’s rums, or rhums, are legendary among connoisseurs. The extra h makes all the difference to those who appreciate the spirit—it indicates that rather than being made from molasses, the primary raw ingredient is fresh sugar cane juice. ...