A week from today I will be heading off to Martinique for Christmas and New Years. For the second year in a row I will be spending Christmas in the sunshine and I can not wait! I think I discovered my new strategy to stay local for summer holidays and break up the cold winter months with vacation in the sunshine!
In any case, it will be my first time in Martinique. I’ve been to the Caribbean before, but this time around it’s still crazy to me that after an 8 hour plane ride, we will be on an islands that is still a part of France. Some people don’t realize that Martinique, like Guadeloupe are apart of the French Antilles which are overseas territories of France. So that means even with oceans apart it is still France. So the President, language, currency, banks, and even stores will be the same. I’ve heard so many good things about the Antilles since I have moved to Paris and can’t wait to discover the particular charm and unique aspects of the island.
I literally can’t contain my excitement so started making a bucket list of things to do! My friends and co-workers who are from Martinique have been giving me their lists of must -dos. I’ll be going with my boyfriend (whose dad is from Martinique) along with his family that live here in France. So I think I will be all set on getting to discover Martinique as a local. If you are thinking about planning a trip to Martinique here are some things you can look forward to doing. There is even a newly released 80-page e-book Guide to Martinique in English created by One Girl One World that is full of insiders tips to the islands.
La Vie Locale Martinique Bucket List
Surfing on the Atlantic coast of the island
Beach bumming on the island’s best beaches (Les Salines, La Plage Dizac, Carbet and La Pointe Marin)
See a Chante Nwel, a festive Christmas tradition of Antilles Christmas carols that are often sung outside in the streets, and around the island to celebrate Christmas…
Visit a Rhumerie (Habitation Clément, Distillerie JM)
Musée de la Banane
Hike Mt. Pelée
Swim with sea turtles
Jardin de Balata
Eat lots of mangos and coconuts
What are your favorite things to do in Martinique? Anything I shouldn’t miss?