Your thoughts on Martinique?

Old Nov 23rd, 2006, 02:18 AM
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Your thoughts on Martinique?

Delta is flying direct flights from Atlanta, and I was wondering if anyone has any recent info on accomodations, rental cars, etc.?

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Old Nov 23rd, 2006, 04:24 PM
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We found Martinique as well as Guadelope locals to by less friendly to American tourists than French or some of the other European tourists in our visits 5 and 6 years ago. St. Lucia, Barbados may have non-stop flights and they are as or more lush with pleasant locals, for the most part. Attitudes may have changed but it takes years to change attitudes one way or the other.
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 12:28 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I am hoping to find the unspoiled caribbean in this location. So many of the islands are losing that to commercialization and heavy tourism.

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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 05:20 AM
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Grenada is mostly unspoiled. Very lush, green, very tropical in feel. By law, no building can be taller than a palm tree.
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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Greenie; I would agree Granada is another option and is lush, good snorkeling and was NOT as commercialized as St. Lucia or Barbados. It also has very good snorkeling compared to St. Lucia and Barbados that I mentioned earlier.
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Old Nov 24th, 2006, 02:43 PM
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Martinique and Guadeloupe are our favorite Caribbean islands (of the ones we have visited). Guadeloupe doesn't have many big resort type hotels. We stayed in a bungalow, rented a car, regret not visiting some of the smaller island like Marie Galante, Les Saintes.
Martinique was a bit more developed, the standard of living good. Scenery reminded us of St Lucia. Locals were OK mostly, very easy to get around.
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Old Nov 26th, 2006, 01:59 PM
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Thank you everyone for the excellent recommendations. I am considering Grenada as a second choice. I liked the idea of the direct flight to martinique, but am aprehensive about the french language barrier.

Do you think that speaking french is a prerequisite to a good time on martinique? TIA

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Old Nov 26th, 2006, 04:00 PM
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greenie: If you going to a resort and the major sightseeing on Martinque the language will not be a problem.
If you can deal with the attitude of indeifference we experienced 9-10 years ago and a bit of "they are doing you a favor" we encountered 3-4 yrs. ago then you will have a good time. The natural beauty is not quite St. Lucia or others mentioned earlier but it is a very tropical island, not a sand bar like Aruba, Grand Cayman or Cancun. If snorkeling is on your agenda go to Grenada, if not you'll have a good time. I'm just sharing our 2 experiences and those of 2 couples who visited the island in 2004.
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Martinique is a rather beautiful island, not too tourism-oriented.
The major hotels will have English-speaking staff, but a relative knowledge of French will be helpful.
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A little bit of French can be important. Anything to be able to communicate a little. As in France, people in Martinique will be friendly and helpful if they know you're at least trying in their language. At that point many will switch to English to help you. Martinique is a beautiful and interesting island.
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