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Old September 12th, 2009, 12:14 PM
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Can anyone suggest a beach or excursion what includes snorkling in Martinque? I would love to just take a cab to a beach with lounge chairs and restaurant. Never been any suggestions would be appreciated 8)
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Same here, would like to know this too.

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I have been to Martinque twice (several years ago) and it is really not a beach type of place, however we did take one boat tour that included a stop at a beach (but a poor one IMO). Martinque is a volcanic island so much of the coast is very rough. There may be hotels that have beaches and offer passes to vistors, but none that I know of. Note that Martinque is french so be prepared for french beach dress codes (topless, or less).

All of that said, I can highly recommend an island-style tour since Martinque is very beautiful (very tropic, rain forests, jungles, mountains, etc.).

During both of my visits I did notice that french is their first language, and in many cases, their only language, and they are not real tourist friendly. However, they don't try to sell you everything in the world either!
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So I guess that is one island that we should have skipped. It might just be a good ship pool day.

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Dmaikui, check out Martinique's official site at :
www.martinique.org.I've been there 3 times or so, although haven't been in a few years but can tell you Martinique does have some wonderful beaches and is one of the prettiest Islands in the Caribbean.
To stay on the ship and not get out and see this Island would be a shame.
Yes, it's definitely French--isn't that why we travel to see something different??
I think if you check out their website you will find some helpful info.
Even if you don't do your snorkeling thing, there's plenty of beautiful scenery, and history, including the town of St. Pierre that was wiped out in the early 1900's by the volcano, killing over 20,000 people--- one person, the town drunk survived because he was in an underground jail.
I think you would enjoy the Island--it's really a beautiful place.
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Ron- Thank you so much for your insight! I signed up for a snorkel adventure and we are going to walk around and see the sights too.

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We haven't been to Martinique in many years, but I remember enjoying the Island. I'm glad you aren't going to stay on board....at least the first visit - get out and see what it's all about!
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Don't skip Martinique, I think this island gets a bad rap, but we enjoyed it....One thing I will tell you though, while we didn't go to a beach, cabbies there use Mercedes for the cabs, and they are quite particular about sand in their cabs, as we were told Better be sand free before you step inside
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