The Knockturnal spent spring break in Martinique – the French Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles.
We were there attending the Ti Punch Cup (an epic battle between mixologists from all over to create a newer version of the classic Martinican drink Ti Punch). But during our stay, we sort of fell in love with this incredible island. From 5 star dinners at Le Zandoli to sipping rose at Ilet Oscar – a private island near Josephine’s Bathtub to staying in manors that may or may not be haunted.. but probably are, Martinique is the go to spot for getting your French on while mixing in some adventure and saving your wallet from St. Barth’s prices. Here’s why:
#1 French influence – The first day in Martinique can be confusing. Are you in France? Yes. Are you in the Caribbean? Also yes. But the beautiful blend of Creole culture and French sophistication make Martinique a place where you can experience both a fantastic bottle of Bordeaux and perfectly stewed lentils in the town’s spice market.
Bonus: the mega Parisian department store Galleries Lafayette makes its mark on the island with a mini Galleries Lafayette in Fort De France, Martinique’s capital.