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Pointe du Bout, Les Trois-Îlets 97229, Martinique
This iconic bar sits on stilts above the sea at the Hotel Bakoua in the sultry resort area of Trois-Ilets, just across the Bay of Fort-de-France from the island’s capital city. People don’t come here for the drinks (stronger and better can easily...
Rue de la Distillerie, La Trinité, Martinique
The rums from this historic distillery get their unique flavors from the island’s tropical humidity and the volcanic soils of the sugarcane fields sloping down from Mount Pelée. Open Mon.–Sat. Fonds Préville, Macouba, 596/(0) 596-78-92-55.
Le Coin, Le Carbet, Martinique
Neisson (just down the coast from Saint-Pierre) is open all year, but the best time to visit is during the harvest, usually late January through early June. That’s when you can see the distillery in action. Open Mon.–Sat. 596/(0) 596-78-03-70.
5,5km Route de Lamentin, Fort-de-France 97200, Martinique
The aged La Favorite Agricole Ambré earned a four-star rating in a 2011 New York Times tasting of rums from the Caribbean and Brazil. Be sure to taste the unaged Blanc as well. Open Mon.–Fri. 596/(0) 596-50-47-32.
Route du Fort d'Alet, Anse Mitan, Les Trois Ilets 97729, Martinique
Driving around Martinique, we stopped by this little ice cream parlour in Trois Ilets for some well-deserved cooling treats. While I'm fluent in French, my friend wanted to practice his learned-in-high-school vocabulary and started talking with a...
Fort-de-France Bay, Martinique
Few things give you the kick needed to continue exploring the tropical city of Fort-de-France like a fresh cup of sugarcane juice! Luckily, it's easy to stumble across presses squeezing out this potent fluid throughout the city's back roads....
Route de Balata, Fort-de-France 97234, Martinique
This three-hectare park holds 3,000 types of indigenous flora and fauna—including some 300 species of palm trees—just outside of Martinique’s capital. For nearly 30 years, horticultural enthusiasts have followed the multilingual markers through...