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1, 2, 3: Martinique Destination Guide

Located in the French Caribbean, the picturesque island of Martinique brings a piece of French life to a tropical paradise mixed with strong African and Creole influences. Journalist Dana Givens shares her “1, 2, 3 Destination Guide” to the island.

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TO STAY:

La Suite Villa (@lasuitevilla):

The luxurious five-star boutique hotel in a quiet area in Trois-Îlets boasts an exquisite art collection and beautiful views of Fort-de-France from its in-house restaurant. Guests stay in their private suites or villas that include a private jacuzzi.

La Suite Villa

TO EAT:

Le Zandoli:

Located in the La Suite Villa hotel, this restaurant is one of the best gastronomic experiences on the island, serving a luxurious display of Creole and French cuisine utilizing the local produce and harvest in a warm atmosphere.

Zanzibar (@zanzibarrestaurant972):

For homestyle island food in a livelier bar setting, Zanzibar attracts a hip crowd with its energetic ambiance that gets pretty crowded at night. Besides being known for its great food but popular nightlife spot for great vibes.

TO VISIT:

Clement Distillery:

Rum is a part of the local culinary culture in Martinique. At the Clement distillery, visitors can learn about the history of rum on the island through the local brand with an art installation and traditional Creole house on the property.

Clement Distillery

Anse Cafard Slave Memorial:

Close to Diamond Rock beach, looking towards the ocean is a small collection of stone statues that tribute the 40 African slaves lost in a shipwreck by Diamant Beach during the Transatlantic slave trade.

Slave memorial in Martinique

Anse Noire:

The island’s only black sand beach is a popular destination for tourists and locals to take a swim and enjoy the blue water. It is also one of the best places for snorkeling and scuba diving.

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