A European Vacation…In the Caribbean - Page 3

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Getting There
Air France operates daily flights from Miami to Aime Cesaire International Airport. American Airlines flies to Martinique four times a week from the American Eagle hub in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines have daily service from New York that connects with LIAT in Antigua or Barbados. Air Caraibes flies tofrom Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent, and Trinidad. The Tourist Office Information Desk at the airport is always open when flights land.

Where to Stay
Le Plein Soleil is an award-winning hotel with a comfortable lounge, superb views, and an elegant dining room. Chef Natanael Ducteil worked under Alain Ducasse.

Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa, a member of the prestigious international association Relais & Chateaux, is one of the most luxurious hotels in Martinique. It boasts a beautiful private beach, world-class spa, and first-class restaurant.

Club Med has one of its famous all-inclusive properties at Buccaneer Creek. The European-style all-you-can-eat buffets are bountiful.

La Domaine St. Aubin is a refurbished colonial estate overlooking a black-sand beach on the island's east coast. Enjoy cocktails on the veranda. (Tel: 596.69.34.77)

Where to Eat
The best places to eat in Martinique also happen to be located in the nicest places to stay. All of the abovementioned hotels have highly recommended restaurants.

The mountaintop Habitation Pied en L'air is an isolated place to eat, featuring healthy vegetarian food. Make sure to order the chocolate premiere communion—a hot chocolate drink served with pain au beurre meant to be dunked.

For tasty bistro fare served in a gourmet store, try Le Château-Maison de Saveurs, between Fort-de-France and the airport.

What to Do
The Martinique Tourist Office CMT (Comité Martiniquais du Tourisme) is located at Immeuble Beaupré Pointe de Jaham, Schoelcher.

Small boats set sail for the Josephine's Bathtub experience from the harbors of LeFrancois and Le Robert. Excursions can be arranged through hotels all over Martinique.

The Resau TakTak provides tourists with unusual and authentic slices of life on Martinique.

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