Right in the French Caribbean, France left its mark. This time we take our "virtual tour" to France, no, we don't go to Europe. The Islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Martin, St Barth, Marie Galante and Iles des Saintes are vivid proof.
Once on the islands you'll experience the charm of the Caribbean mixed with the flavor of life of the French. The elegance of Guadeloupe Boutiques, the French Cuisine in St Martin, and the cozy Bed and Breakfast inns of Saint Barth; the exotic beaches of Marie Galante and Iles des Saintes will guarantee a vacation of lifetime memories.
So we have to fly just a few hours and be in France in the Caribbean. Let me show you the islands and their beaches.
Caravelle Beach home of the Club Med of Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe has the typical flair of France, with a natural beauty of its own. The Beaches are idyllic. Here you’ll find chic boutiques, Creole cuisine at its best and so many activities ideal for Caribbean Beach Vacations of unsurpassed excellence. Its main beaches are:
Plage des Salines the best beach of Martinique
What most impressed me on my visit to Martinique Island was the emerald green you can experience all over the Island.
The lush forests and dramatic waterfalls have no rivals in the area.
The capital Fort de France is a colorful and active city.
In Martinique no beaches are alike. There are many and very different from one another as they vary by location. The Caribbean side is tranquil and the Atlantic side is rough great for surfing and Caribbean snorkeling.
There are a few more beaches to visit on the south coast like
In the east coast are
Aerial view of Marie Galante Island near Guadeloupe
South of Guadeloupe, are eight miniscule islands of which only two are inhabited.
One of them is picturesque Terre-de-Haut, Idyllic isle for doing next to nothing. Isn’t that what vacations are for?
The beaches of Marie Galante are among the best in the Caribbean. In the many beaches that this island offers you can find all kind of water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling.
The Pain de Sucre on the Island of Les Saintes
Iles des Saintes
Also known as Les Saintes, are tiny pristine islets only 15 minutes by plane from Guadeloupe’s capital Pointe-a-Pitre but it seems like another country compared with the busy capital.
Spectacular beaches abound in Les Saintes.
The beaches of Eden Rock Hotel in St Barth
Also known as St Barth is a tiny enclave formed by a volcanic explosion.
It is only 21 Sq Km in area, with more than 20 beaches, elegant boutique hotels and beautiful landscapes.
This isle is blessed by 14 beaches. They are public and nudism is prohibited, although topless is somewhat accepted on the beaches.
Orient Bay in the French Island of St Martin
St Martin Island
It shares two thirds of a tiny island with its neighbor St Maarten. Discover glorious St Martin Beaches all white sand covered.
From the capital city of Marigot you can see neighboring Anguilla just a 20 minute boat ride away.