The isle of Martinique, often called ‘a little bit of France in the Caribbean’, is a place of beautiful beaches, heady Caribbean celebrations, stress-free relaxation and warm, welcoming locals. The island is considered a department of France, meaning they use the Euro and are a member of the EU. Whether you are looking to explore a new culture, find a quiet piece of nature to escape to, or enjoy exotic cuisine with a soupcon of France’s cooking style; as the locals put it “You will always come back to Martinique”. So find a pristine stretch of black sand (to the north) or palm-strewn white sand (to the west) to stretch out on, hike the rugged mountainous interior, hire a jet-ski or explore lush tropical gardens and rainforests; as Martinique is a nature-lovers’ paradise with the panache of France.
Renting holiday accommodation in Martinique
A unique way to discover the wonders of the island is by staying in a Martinique holiday villa. Instead of sharing a wall, a balcony and overpriced facilities with tourists in a hotel, enjoy the seclusion and spaciousness of your very own holiday home with HouseTrip. Apart from the privacy and room to stretch a holiday home provides, staying in a self-catering apartment means that when you visit a fresh food market you can do more than window shop. Pick up some local scallops or a delicious piece of blue-fin tuna to take back to your very own kitchen, then combine with other local favourites like pineapple or mango for a Caribbean twist on local delicacies.
Where to stay in Martinique
Whether you choose to stay in a city centre apartment in Fort-de-France (the island’s capital), a beachfront villa down the coast or a house in the jungle away from civilisation; a holiday rental allows you the freedom to choose exactly where you want to be and shapes the holiday experience you will have. Fort-de-France is the island’s cosmopolitan and where all the action happens, while Sainte-Anne is a fantastic choice if you plan on spending most of your time on a beautiful beach. Keep in mind that public transport is not fantastic on Martinique and renting a car is strongly recommended, as you won’t get to fully explore what the island has to offer without one.
Martinique with the family
Apart from the obvious fact that kids will love the sun, sea and sand of this tropical paradise, there are plenty of other activities for the family to enjoy. During the summer holidays horse-riding is available for older children, and they couldn't wish for a more beautiful setting for an equestrian adventure. There are also aqua parks and child-focused attractions speckled across the island. Glass bottomed boats will have the little ones peering into the aqua blue deep and discovering a whole new world, and a visit to Saint-Pierre in the north (destroyed by a volcano eruption in 1902) will have them learning of an old one. And don’t forget there’s no better basecamp for a family break than an entire home for you to enjoy as a family, instead of less-personal and unauthentic separate hotel rooms.