Day 4: Martinique
Martinique was a pleasant surprise. Fort de France was not a beautiful port like St. Martin and St. Thomas and the town is not geared for tourist, but we took our waiter’s suggestion and took the water taxi over to Baqua Beach. The taxi runs about $5 per person and is a short ride over. We had a fabulous view of the volcano as we left the port.
As we arrived to our destination, the taxi pulls up to a marina filled with shops and restaurants. It is a very short walk to the beach area. We were able to rent beach chairs for a fair price at the resort and used their facilities. The beach and the water were great, but if you are interested in snorkeling, I would not advise this beach. The people at the resort were friendly and, unlike Fort de France, the people leave you alone. The men had added entertainment at the resort; there were models modeling swimwear on the beach who did not hesitate changing their swimsuit in front of everyone. If you visit Martinique for the day or for an extended stay, I would recommend staying at Baqua Beach.
Day 5: Barbados
Sometimes it is good to save the best for last. Carnival did - Barbados. This is an English island. The people are very, very friendly and the island is extremely clean. We decided to go to the beach, where the snorkeling was good, and to swim with the sea turtles. We spent 8 hours on the beach, and we did not want to leave.
The water was great, the snorkeling was good, and, unlike some Caribbean islands, you are not hassled to buy something and they don't sell you timeshares. We were at a public beach that had access to a picnic area and restrooms and were able to rent beach chairs for a great price.
About mid-day we took a boat ride for only $12 each to swim with the sea turtles. It was amazing how close they came up to us. This was definitely the highlight of our day.
We did not have a chance to see any other part of the island or go into town to shop. I was told Barbados is pricy and to shop at other ports, but everything else about the island was great. I would consider coming back here to stay at one of their resorts.