Stepping Ashore in Martinique – a Superyacht Charter Destination

The heavenly shores of Martinique are rumored to be the Caribbean’s best kept secret and makes for an idyllic superyacht charter destination. With pearly sands, pure waters and a volcanic landscape painted with emerald green, you can bask in all the bliss of paradise without the crowds.

The luxury superyacht, Starfire, can offer an unrivalled palate of delights when it comes to exploring magical Martinique. With first-class facilities and plush surroundings, you can embrace the superyacht experience with your own private chef, open air cinema and hot tub on deck.
Martinique is a French island and this only adds to the allure, as you can swap brash colors and the tourist crush for elegant charm and a little joie de vivre.

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Breathe in the Balata Botanical Gardens
Start the day breathing in the delicate aroma of the Balata Botanical Gardens. With over three thousands species of wildflowers and tropical lush greenery, nature lovers can cross the rickety wooden bridges as bright hummingbirds flutter through the treetops. The cooling shade of the towering trees, the majestic rising views of the mountains and the quiet little benches tucked out of sight offer the perfect place for a peaceful morning stroll.

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Colorful Displays at Le Grand March
Those who want a unique shopping experience in Martinique should head to Le Grand March in Fort-de-France. Let yourself get swept along with the bustling crowds in this beautiful bazaar with its rows upon rows of bright spices, exotic fruits, wildflowers, and Creole crafts. Those seeking a more up-market way to splash the cash can hit the boutique stores on Rue Victor Hugo where the glass fronts are adorned with the latest in Paris fashion.

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Lunch at La Cave à Vins
For a fanciful lunch that brings French gastronomy to life, head to the chic little hub La Cave a Vins. This tiny treasure trove of vintage wines and traditional cuisine is the perfect way to rejuvenate your appetite with fresh and creamy foie gras, tender chicken stuffed with conch and light and wispy Crème Brule oozing the scent of burnt sugar and vanilla to finish.

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An Afternoon Dip in Les Salines
As the sun reaches her highest point, take a little time to cool down in the gem colored waters of one of the islands most evocative beaches – Les Salines. Coconut trees fan their leaves to provide natural shade, the sand glistens underfoot and the waters ebb gently on the shore. Sip a cocktail at one of the beach front bars, walk barefoot along the shallows or drift away in the turquoise shades.

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A Slice of History at Musee de la Pagarie
Enter the world of Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born and raised on the shores of Martinique. Visiting the old sugar plantation romanticizes her early life with its small and charming museum showcasing childhood artifacts and memories. Visitors can see the ruins of the mill, read old love letters from Napoleon and meander through the pretty flower garden.
Hike La Caravelle Nature Trail
This one hour hike will show you another side of paradise with its rich mangrove forests, wild surf on the rugged eastern shores, secret coves and sprawling vineyards. Along the way, you can glimpse the ruins of the islands best swells, admire the 18th century ruins of Château Dubuc and take a refreshing swim in the crystalline waters of Tartane Beach.

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Dinner at Le Belem
The exquisite surroundings of Le Belem offer a white table cloth dining experience that is sure to pull out all the stops. Sitting in the delightful surroundings of the Relais & Châteaux Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa, you can expect shimmering sea views peppered with perfect silver service. Fill your glass with lavish wines, taste the islands best Creole inspired sea dishes and fall in love with the richly satisfying risotto.
After a day of fine dining, delightful shopping, swimming and hiking through this picturesque Garden of Eden, you can return to the splendor and tranquility of the Starfire. Freshen up in the marble bathroom and enjoy a specially made nightcap on the deck as you watch the Caribbean stars light up the sky.

Carl Sputh

Carl Sputh

Captain at MY Starfire
Captain Carl Sputh spends the majority of his time at the helms of MY Starfire, a 178' superyacht for charter. When ashore, he enjoys traveling the world, driving his custom Triumph motorcycle and learning to fly helicopters.
Carl Sputh