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5 days in Martinique and Guadeloupe on a superyacht

5 days in Martinique and Guadeloupe on a superyacht

Day 1

Marina du Bakoua, Martinique

Marin Bay

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…)

Picture courtesy of T Photography/Shutterstock.com

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Day 2

St Pierre, Martinique

Fort France, Martinique

Spend some time in Fort France, Martinique’s capital, just across from the marina. This bustling town displays some grand French architecture (the library was designed by the man who built the Eiffel tower) as well as more down-to-earth fun in the open-air market. Then cruise up the leeward coast to St Pierre, which has great shipwrecks to dive.

Ashore you can visit the ruins of the old St Pierre destroyed in the volcanic eruption of 1902. Inland you can cool off in crystal clear river pools and cascades.

Picture courtesy of robard/Shutterstock.com

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Day 3

Les Saints via the Dominican Coastline

Les Saints

Heading north on passage towards Guadeloupe, you’ll pass the vertiginous green cliffs of Dominica, and approach the small island group of Les Saintes. Considered the most exquisite in the Caribbean, these diminutive islands are clean and quiet, there are no cars and the only inhabitants are the few descendants of the Breton fishermen who settled here.

There is a lovely Auberge on Les Petits Saints, with just a few rooms and gourmet dining in the antique shop overlooking the bay.

PIcture courtesy of Oliver Hoffmann/Shutterstock.com

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