Martinique and Guadeloupe form a part of the French West Indies, territories governed by French sovereignty in the Caribbean Antilles.
Martinique is distinctly French in its cuisine and style, but its culture is all West Indian. The northern part of the island features dark sand beaches, rain forests and mountain peaks, while the southern part of the island is much drier and flatter with magnificent white sand beaches.
Known as the ‘island of flowers,’ Martinique features beautiful lush vegetation, fields of mango, papaya and guava, and large plantations of bananas, pineapple, sugarcane, coffee and cinnamon.
Guadeloupe is comprised of two main islands that look like the wings of a butterfly. Joined together by a bridge over the Riviere Salee, the eastern island is Grande-Terre, known for its white sand beaches, resort areas and sugarcane fields. To the west is the larger of the two islands, Basse-Terre, which is known for its waterfalls, rain forests and its selection of bucket list dives.
Superyacht charters in Guadeloupe and luxury yacht charters in Martinique are both popular options and a host of private yachts also visit every year. This five day itinerary allows you to explore both locations over a long weekend.
Day 1: Marina du Bakoua, Martinique
From protected anchorage in Marin Bay or the marina itself, head to the lovely bay at Anse Chaudière. This secluded beach offers excellent snorkelling well off the beaten track. Then make for safe berth at Marina du Bakoua, a favourite among superyachts.
On shore you’re spoilt for choice: cocktails at the Hotel du Bakoua, followed by dinner at the Fleur de Sel then dance the night away at Le Pont du Bakoua (where they’re reputed to serve the best Mojitos on the island…)
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