Martinique — like sister-island Guadeloupe — is part of the French West Indies, nestled in the heart of the Caribbean. Fort de France, the capital, offers top-notch cuisine and chic shopping areas, a cosmopolitan counterpoint to the island’s unique history, stunning beaches and rich natural beauty.
The south and west coasts boast flawless white sand beaches with contrasting volcanic black sand beaches to the north. The southern coastline features secluded coves and anchorages as well as reefs (perfect for snorkeling and diving) and unspoiled fishing villages, whereas rugged mountains covered with lush rainforest dot the island’s north end.
Experienced and new sailors alike will find Martinique’s waters welcoming. The quieter waters of The Caribbean are ideal for those with less sailing experienced. More experienced sailors will love the challenges of the rougher Atlantic Ocean side.