“Bonjour, Madame. Que désirez-vous?” You ponder your response: is it too early for a chilled vin blanc? Perhaps better to stick to un café et une glace. There’s always time later for a rum cocktail before dinner on Martinique, this most French of Caribbean islands, where Gallic flair and Caribbean flavour come together in a piquant blend.
Dominated by the still-smouldering Mont Pelée, the island’s volcanic origins give rise to lush, rainforested mountain scenery, spectacular bays and miles of stunning beaches – quintessentially Caribbean scenery, with countless species of trees, plants, flowers and birds. Its historic forts and ruined plantations speak eloquently of its long history as a French territory, but much of the island’s culture stems from its multi-ethnic history and ancient civilisations. If your desire is to explore this fascinating mix, your journey starts here with a Chapters Experience Holiday on Martinique.