I am Christelle, explorer in Martinique
You can count on me to share my favorite spots and advice on Martinique—where you can dive with the sea turtles, the best spots to take in the sunset, the most beautiful beaches, the best rum, etc.
I'm very attached to my Caribbean roots—a concentration of multiple influences which combine to make a magical cocktail! Born in mainland France, my parents saw to it that we kept this tie through language, music, food, and so much more. As a result, I was always immersed in island culture and today I am pleased to share my knowledge with holiday-makers wanting to discover Martinique! After working for several years in mainland France in tourism and sustainable development, I decided to move to Martininque in 2016 with the aim of contributing to my island's development. What better way to do that than to inspire vacationers by joining the VillaVEO team. An enthusiastic explorer at heart, I love travelling and driving around Martinique. I can assure you that there's always something new to discover. So you can count on me to share the love I have for this fabulous island in all its glory—its landscapes, inhabitants and unique atmosphere.
Despite its small size of only 1,100 sq.m, Martinique offers a variety of landscapes that makes it possible to go canyoning in the morning in the rivers that criss-cross the tropical forest in the north of the island and tan on warm sand beaches lined with coconut trees in the south of the island in the afternoon! Martinique also has exceptional sea life and is the perfect destination for scuba diving enthusiasts. Discover this abundant sea life with a simple mask and breathing tube, where you can encounter sea turtles and tropical fish. Anse Dufour and Anses d'Arlet are some of the best spots! And how can we forget to mention Martinican cuisine! There's AOC Rum, tropical fruit, fresh fish, cod fish fritters, etc.
Regardless of when you travel, you'll also find tropical weather! Martinique is a tropical destination where humidity varies from one month to another. Of course, in some months it rains more than others, especially July and September. However, regardless of the period of the year, the temperature will always be above 25° and the rain is warm! For a maximum of sun and a minimum of humidity, choose the months from December to April. If you're interested in seeing the Mardi Gras parades, come see us in February. For rum lovers, the sugar cane is harvested between March and June, a perfect time to see the distilleries at work.
I've spent so many holidays in Martinique, one just more interesting than the next, that it's difficult to choose just one souvenir! One of my best souvenirs was the day I spent on a yole.. or more specifically the "baby yole" (the smaller model). Coming from a family of fishermen and yole enthusiasts, my stays in Martinique mostly centered around this unique expertise which has been passed down through the generations. So when my cousins asked me to give it a try, I jumped at the opportunity! On that day, while sailing across the bay of Marin to Sainte-Anne, I felt the unique sensation of sailing on this traditional craft. Feeling the water through my toes while manning the bwa dressé(long poles used for steering), getting an adrenalin rush when the yole pitches and almost capsizes, landing on an almost deserted island for some improvised snorkelling—the experience was just priceless! Today, a number of municipal associations propose yole outings and I strongly recommend this activity if you want to experience Martinique's authenticity!