As many of ya’ll know, I celebrated my #Thotty30 in the French-Carribean island of Martinique. The trip was super last minute, severly underplanned, but literally the time of my life!
I’m completely obsessed with this island and want ya’ll to be too, so enjoy my tips on how to get it all the way lit in Martinique!
Have some respect for your checking account/AMEX and only fly to Martinique via Norwegian. With flights leaving from Boston, NYC, and Baltimore for as low as $150 rooooundtrip, why would you use any other airline? The planes are clean and the staff does their job without hassle. Norwegian Air charges for food and drinks, but like…bringing your own burgers and liq on the jawn is legal ya’know?
Where to Stay
Alright, this is where I earned my Martiniquan stripes. Everything at the north and south of the island was booked up and I refuse to stay anywhere near tourists, so we wound up staying smooooth on the other side of the island from the big attractions. Cabs there can run you almost $50 for a 20-minute ride and we were an hour away from the city center. We survived, thanks to my #1 travel tip of befriending locals. I loved the resort we stayed at, but never again!
What to Eat
Eat local! Eat local! Eat local! I don’t know how many times I have to say it, but seriously ya’ll, I will haunt you every night of your trip if you eat anything American. What’s the point of going away, if you’re gonna eat whatcha got at home? TBH, since you’re on an island, I would suggest eating seafood the entire time. (unless you’re allergic. I don’t want you to die.) It’s super fresh and whether it’s fried or grilled, it’s gonna be realllllllly good!
I coooooould suggest food spots, but they’re far and I’m not finna do my lovely readers like that.
What to Do
If you love the great outdoors, Martinique is right up your alley. Besides the jillions of beaches, there are tons of hiking trails in the north. We hiked La Boucle d’Absalon and it was obnoxiously beautiful. There’s even a random waterfall off of the side of the road as you enter. The best part? You can get there on the bus from the city center and you’re walking distance from the botanical gardens.
History is important and sometimes, it can actually be interesting. We spent the final day of Black History Month at Anse Cafard, the slave memorial, overlooking a gorgeous beach (where we got severly champagne drunk).
If you’re going to fall into a tourist trap in Martinique, the one I’ll allow is a catamaran ride. We took our talents to La Ballades du Delphis and had the most amazing full day adventure. We were the only black people on the boat, save for the staff, so you should know that we terrified our fellow passangers with our antics. Between windin’ all over the deck to eventually snatching up the aux cord and playing Future, we had a ball! There’s (good) food and booze all day. Reggae and soca bumpin’ through the speakers. There are multiple stops made for swimming Oh, and the staff is all hot, if you’re into hooking up with locals.
Last thing…last thing…remember to have the time of your f*n life!
*Shoutout to the owners of La Village de la Pointe! The staff at Ballades du Delphis! Kalonji and Marc for being amazing drivers (i have their info if you want it)! Lastly, a special shoutout to Geraldine and the Martinique tourism board for helping me pull this together!
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