Martinique Journals

Martinique by Cruise Ship or Longer

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An April 2005 trip to Martinique by samepenny

Beaches, Scenery Supurb Photo, Martinique, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Oh, to be in the Caribbean! Martinique is one of my favorite places, but port lecturers on cruise ships often say unkind things about its port stop. I strongly disagree. We've had good times there, both on one-day stops and a two-week stay.

Martinique by Cruise Ship or Longer

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Overview

Is this the life or what? Photo, Martinique, Caribbean
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Often, several cruise ships are in port at the same time. You can arrange a tour on your ship or make your own arrangements on the dock. I prefer to hire a taxi and go off on my own. The choice is yours, but for heaven's sake, don't stay on the ship due to uncertainty about having to speak French or unfriendly folks on the island. We speak only a little French and have always had a good time. Our 2-week stay was at Club Med. This really isn't a shopping port, but a nice place to sight see, lunch and have a try at a nude (or regular) beach.Quick Tips: For shopping go to Roger Albert. Very good selections of perfumes, French make-up and jewelry. The make-up selection is wonderful! Very good ru...Read More

Royal Mayan

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Hotel | "Club Med Buccaneer's Creek"

Royal Mayan Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Accommodations are spartan in old buildings (built in 1969) which I find are extremely attractive. About 300 rooms of various sorts. Warning: the 'all inclusive' at Club Med really isn't. Find out what you are buying before you book. Drinks of any sort at the bar are NOT included. Now, I happen to like Club Med, especially this one, but it's not for everyone. For one thing this Club is isolated from a village of any size so you are pretty much stuck at the Club. It's 45 minutes to a place to play golf. The beach is wonderful. Although children of any age are permitted, there are no special programs for them and when I was there, no working pool! Also, WARNING: there is a strong pro- French ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2000

Royal Mayan
Boulevard Kukulcan Retorno Gucumatz
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52 998/8810100

Martinique,one day cruise port stop

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Attraction

Cruise ship at sunset Photo, Martinique, Caribbean
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My late mother-in-law adored crusing, and we often went along as helpers and companions. We'd repeat cruises, ships and times of the year. If she found a ship she liked, she was quite happy to repeat a cruise. Bargains are out there now, folks, with so many new cruise ships coming on line. Her favorite cruise company was Royal Caribbean--you know the folks who now have an ice rink on a couple of their ships-- she was very well treated while on board and much effort was made to find her food that she wanted to eat. A real problem for someone well over 80. She had done nearly 30 cruises when she 'retired' from cruising. She had many happy days on board. We almost always bought a cabin in the middle of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2000

Local shopping for food and drink

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Attraction

l'hotel de village Photo, Martinique, Caribbean
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Most of the food for sale on Martinique is in the French style and is fantastic. You can do a fine job just munching on fresh breads and pastries. If you're just off the cruise ship and you don't want to change money, you'll get SOME SORT of a rate of exchange of dollars for, sometimes OK, sometimes not so. Use your credit cards wherever possible for the best rates of exchange. Most taxi drivers have lots of US cash. For example, a taxi ride from ship to town is about $10 US. No problem. Walk through a supermarket and you'll come to believe that the French eat almost anything! I speak a little French but have never had any problems with language in Martinique. Please don't be phobic about Fre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2000

Bananas, bananas, bananas

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Attraction

Young & Old Banana Trees Photo, Martinique, Caribbean
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Martinique is a relatively large island with a mountainous region created by volcanoes. The scenery is spectacular. On the lowlands, there are massive farms that grow bananas. It seemed that we spent an awful lot of time looking at bananas. What we learned about them: they have dangerous bugs in them. It was strange to see the stocks of bananas wrapped in blue plastic bags to help the insecticide to work. HELPFUL HINT: Wash your hands after peeling a banana. That poison is still on the skin of the fruit. Therefore, I would strongly recommend that you study tours offered and question the amount of time devoted to bananas. A little banana culture goes a very long way. Pet peeve--no drinking water ava...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2000

Atlantic Ocean side of the island Photo, Martinique, Caribbean
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The old Bibliotec building is a fine one, in the traditional ornate style of the early 1800s. I walked in expecting a library, planning to do a little reading, but the library is now all modern and in new quarters.

The old building is a fine cultural center, art museum, and meeting place. When I was there, there was a show of reasonably priced local art, which I rank much higher as a gift than what is sold in the gift shops.

Also worth a look is the nearby fire station. Children might enjoy seeing the fire engines. If you are a firefighter, bring along items to trade: buttons, badges, t-shirts, etc.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2000

Club Med Buccaneer's Creek, All-inclusive

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Attraction | "Club Med--Buccanneer's Creek"

Club Med Buccaneer's Creek, All-inclusive Photo, Martinique, Caribbean
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OK, so you might wonder if it's true what you've heard about the wild nights at the Club Med's which have no facility for children. It can be wild but it largely depends on the week you are there. If a 'wild' group dominates--it can be a darn wild week. It can be the Club Med experience of your dreams or a place where you feel that there's a party going on but you don't know where the party is and , worse, you haven't been invited! Best advice if you are going to Club Med: gather together a few of your friends and travel as a group so that you can make your own party! If a large group traveling together is in the Club, you can feel very lonely. It's not for everyone! I arrived at the same ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Club Med Buccaneer's Creek, All-inclusive
Between the coves of Arlet and La pointe des Salines, opposite the Diamond Isle
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About those nude beaches!

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Diamant itself Photo, Martinique, Caribbean
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Yes, this journal did start out discussing a 'family cruise', but often the subject of the nude beaches in Martinique comes up. To begin with, you can't sit on a nude beach unless you are nude. If you sunburn easily or are modest, don't even try to go. Be sure to keep your clothing and valuables in your sight at all times. This is not an experience in which you want to try to walk back from the beach naked. We usually hire a taxi to go to the beach, arrange for a specific pick-up time, and take turns swimming. We always leave one person on the beach to guard valuables. Most tourists go to the beach at Pointe du Bout. The beach at Diamond Rock is beautiful but is not safe for swimming. Give...Read More