A Taste of Martinique: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 6½ Hours
When it comes to rum, it doesn’t get much better than Martinique: The island is the rum capital of the world. This small group tour will take you to one of the best places to sample the intoxicating spirit, allow you to taste delicious local cuisine and show you some of the most historic — and beautiful — locations on the island.
Your first stop is Habitation Clément, a family-run estate that has been featured in Food & Wine. Nestled amid sugarcane plantations, the distillery has been making rum since 1917. Here, visitors have an opportunity to discover the unique techniques and manufacturing process of rhum agricole, as it is called. Being distilled from sugarcane juice rather than molasses has earned Martinican rhum the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) label, the only rums in the world to have been awarded the prestigious French designation. Visiting Clément provides a memorable insight into an enduring tradition.
Your next destination is Saint Pierre. On the way, you’ll drive along a lush rain forest road and make a stop at the Sacré-Coeur de Balata, which was built in 1915 by a French architect. This exquisite church is a miniature replica of the famed Basilica in the Montmartre district of Paris. Saint Pierre is perhaps the most famous location on the island, even if it is for tragic reasons. Before a volcano erupted in 1902, the town was a cultural and economic capital that was called "the Paris of the Caribbean." The eruption destroyed the town and killed 30,000 people, except one prisoner named Cyparis, who was in an underground jail.
You’ll visit the ruins of a theater in Saint Pierre before continuing on to the village of Le Carbet for lunch at the stylish beach restaurant, Le Petitbonum. You’ll be able to watch as chef Guy Ferdinand cooks a traditional Creole meal. Don’t miss the savory salt cod fish fritters, a local delicacy.
After lunch, you’ll enjoy an atmospheric drive back to Fort de France along the western Caribbean coast.
This tour involves a long drive and is unsuitable for guests who suffer from car sickness. Tour is not wheelchair accessible, and is not suitable to guests who have difficulty walking. Must be over 18-years-old.