The Best of French Caribbean

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The French Caribbean sounds like a very exotic and sophisticated place to spend your vacation. These are the Caribbean islands that are most impregnated by French culture and where the French language is widely spoken. Officially, the French West Indies consist of St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante. Each of these islands has its own attractions, culture and habits but Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Martin are probably the most popular and regarded and the best of French Caribbean. Let’s see what each of them has to offer:

Martinique

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Its troubled history doesn’t overshadow for one second the natural splendor of Martinique. Mountains, lush forests, white sand beaches and warm waters are part of the island’s décor. The island’s capital, Fort-de-France, is very similar to the coquette towns on the French Riviera – here you can indulge yourself on croissants, French wines and cheese, plus the mouthwatering local fruits. However the French sophistication is just one aspect of Martinique’s lifestyle: the creole culture is in fact responsible for the lovely music, dances and cuisine you’ll get the opportunity to discover here. Don’t miss the visit to St. Pierre, a city buried under the ashes of a volcanic eruption and the Gaugain Museum in Carbet.

Guadeloupe

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This butterfly-shaped island in the north of Dominica still has many hidden beauties to reveal. Guadeloupe actually consists of several islands, of which Base Terre and Grand Terre, separated only by a narrow channel, form the famous butterfly. Les Saintes and Marie-Galante are also officially part of the Guadeloupe administration. Guadeloupe is a great destination for divers, but once you’re here you might find out that the island’s culture is by far its biggest treasure. In Guadeloupe, a tiny island that have given the world a Nobel laureate for literature, the cuisine is fantastic and women’s multicolored clothes will remind you of traditional African or even Indian costumes.

St. Martin

With an international airport and cruise ship disembark port, St. Martin is by no means just a tiny island in the Caribbean.  The French influences are

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just as present as the Caribbean spirit. Besides the well-known duty-free shops, here you can also encounter open air markets and chic cafes. From a tourist’s perspective, St. Martin offers the perfect combination of restaurants, bars and casinos where one can hang out at night and lovely beaches to relax and sunbath. Both French and Dutch St. Martin offer tenths of pristine beaches and countless possibilities to snorkel and spot amazing tropical fish.

 

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