There are Caribbean beaches, and then there are Caribbean beaches. When the Island Runaways recently touched down on the gorgeous French-Caribbean island of Martinique, we sought out one of the best loved but least touristy locales we could find. By that, I mean, of course, Anse d'Arlet. (View from the pier. Photo (c) Zickie Allgrove.) Located on the southwest coast of Martinique, Anse d'Arlet is a small fishing town with an outsized attraction: a spectacular strip of sand,
Are all island beaches created equal? Perhaps not, but I have to confess that I've rarely met a beach I did not like. On the French Caribbean island of Martinique, for example, you will find stretches of black sand, white sand, and tan sand, on beaches that are remote, popular with tourists, and everything in between. The Island Runaways were fortunate enough to visit Martinique soon after American Airlines began their direct service to this isle from Miami. (Previously, the
When the weekend comes to a close and Monday arrives with a thud, it's easy to get a case of the Monday blahs. Here's a little snapshop from an island getaway to bring some sunshine and a swath of tropical sea to your cell phone or computer screen. As far as we're concerned, ocean blues are the only kind of blues we're interested in experiencing. Where can you find this slice of paradise? (I'd rather start Monday with an island getaway. Wouldn't you?) We took this photo on th
A tropical getaway spent on the French Caribbean island of Martinique totally won the Island Runaways over. Did its allure lie in the variety of beaches, from Le Diamant with its rolling waves and gorgeous view of Diamond Rock, to placid Grande Anse in Les Anses d'Arlet? Or was it the rum or "rhum agricole" that Martinique is justifiably famous for? Sure, it was all those things and more, much more. But one delightful surprise this Antillean gem had in store was...the history
On the beautiful French Caribbean island of Martinique, you will find scores of gorgeous beaches. In fact, the whole island, from its lush green interior on the Route de la Trace, to its dramatic coasts, and historic sights, seems to have been dreamt up by an artistic genius in love with island nature. Or at least that's how it struck me when Zickie and I "ran away" to the Island of Flowers. (The beauty of Martinique...at Grande Anse. Photo: Zickie Allgrove.) We rented a smal
Our island expert, Frantz François-Haugrin, is back to tell us more about his beautiful island home, Martinique. Today he’s leading us on an exploration through the Island of Flowers' interior. In Martinique, if there’s a tour not to be missed for anything it’s “la Route de la Trace” (N3), in the heart of the island. It lasts about two hours on a road 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) long that winds through authentic rainforest and the mountainous area of the Pitons Carbet. This am
Sometimes…or maybe it’s most of the time in the islands you find the tastiest eats in the most down-to-earth surroundings. Sure, Zickie and I have dined at some memorably upscale establishments from Grenada to Key West, but give us a table close to the sand and fresh seafood that’s been cooked with love and care? Talk about happiness! So, Zickie, our daughter, and I were out exploring the truly lovely French island of Martinique in early summer. It was low season, and few tou
One of the things I most love about visiting a Caribbean island is the chance to visit historic houses of worship that date from long ago. From a cathedral in Kingston, Jamaica, to the Hindu temples of Trinidad, from centuries-old West Indian synagogues with their sandy floors, to modern mosques and other sacred spaces, there are a wealth of treasures within these beautiful islands. Today, we're focusing on the holy places of the French island of Martinique. In the fishing vi
Island Nature: the Remarkable, Tropical Guava by “Island Expert” Frantz François-Haugrin The Island Runaways say: We’re happy to welcome Frantz François-Haugrin as our first Island Expert! Frantz lives on the beautiful island of Martinique, in the French Antilles. In the Caribbean, you’ll find just a remarkable biodiversity, and one of our greatest natural riches -- which I’d like to share with you today -- is the guava! The guava (Psidium guajava or Myrtus guajava in Latin)
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