Welcome to tropical Paradise, Martinique

If you are looking for place where summer never ends, miles long beautiful white sand beaches, tropical forest, swimming with turtles or sunbath on volcanic black sand beach while drinking rum-juice, stop looking because -> Martinique has it all.

We traveled to this Caribbean island in February and stayed 2 weeks.
This is our experience of Martinique.

Best time to travel to Martinique?
Temperature on island is average 27 Celsius (80 f) all year long. However, there is a chance of hurricanes in summer and fall, so it is advised to travel in dry season, from November to May. Islands peek season if from December to March. If you want to avoid peek season prices and crowds, travel in pre-season months. We traveled in February and, comparing to Croatia summer season, there wasn’t as many tourists on the island.

How to get there?
Being French department in Caribbean, the cheapest flights are from France, Paris. From Paris you can also find affordable flights to Guadeloupe, St. Barth and St. Martin, other, equally beautiful, French Caribbean islands.
Flight duration is between 7 and 9.5 hours, depending on flight carrier. We flew with Corsair and had a lovely experience.

How to get around?
Martinique has ​​1128 km2 and is easily to get around by car. Who doesn’t like a good road trip? We wanted to see as much as we could and explore the island driving around “like a local”.

We rented a car with IZYCARLOC rent a car agency. They replied promptly, on a very good English and the car was easily booked online.
Since they have office 5 minute drive from the airport, they pick you up and drop you off at the airport. It is full “door to door” service.

We got PEUGEOT 208, which price starts at 28€ per day. They also provided us with baby seat and insurance.
You can get a bigger car, but keep in mind some inland roads are small village roads. Instead of bigger, go for stronger car. There is a big climb if you are going to the volcano and most of the north part has a lot of big inclines on the roads.
We did 1.050 km all around the island and spent 120€ total on gas.

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Where to stay on island?
We stayed in Saint Joseph, little town in the center of the island in “green country”. We traveled with a baby Oliver, so we wanted to have only one “home” for 2 weeks. We picked 2 bedroom “TAHITI TOUCH” trough Airbnb.

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TAHITI TOUCH is really amazing! It has all you need on vacation: comfort, clean, has all the appliances and very nice hosts. We arrived late and didn’t make to the supermarket, so they helped us with some basic food to “live trough the night” and they gave us croissants for breakfast. This will never be forgotten! Thank you.

Siant Joseph is a perfect location to stay longer and still explore everything. To go all the way up north to the Anse Ceron (black sand beach) we had 1.5 hour and the same to the south towards Anse des Salines, white sand beach. So we were exactly in the middle of the places we wanted to visit.

You will save some time, kilometers and money, if you sleep a few nights in the black beaches of north and gradually move to the south where white tropical beaches await you.
Here is where I would also stay, if we were more flexible.
North -> Saint Pierre accommodation
South West -> Les Anses d’Arlet accommodation
South East -> Saint Anne accommodation
East -> Le Robert accommodation

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Things to do in Martinique?
BEACHES
From north to south there are numerous beautiful beaches. I will list all the ones we visited, with city names, in the order of preferences.

1.Anse Ceron (Saint Pierre)

2. Grande Anse des Salines (Saint Anne)

3. Anse Dufour (Anses d’Arlet)

4. La Pointe Marin (Saint Anne)

5. Les Anses d’Arlet (Anses d’Arlet)

6. Anse Couleuvre (Saint Pierre)

7. Plage de La Brèche (Presqu’île de la Caravelle)

8. Pointe du Bout (Trois Ilets)

MUSEUMS & DISTILLERIES
Very nice break from the beach you can get in many Martinique museums.

1.Habitation Clément destillery

2. Depaz Rhum destillery

3. Jardin de Balata, botanical garden

4. Anse Cafard Memorial, open space museum

5. La Savane des esclaves – history museum

6. Maison de la Canne – house of sugar

7. Schoelcher library

NATURE
It is beautiful everywhere you go, but some big “nature spots” are:

1. Mont Pelee

2. Presqu’île de la Caravelle peninsula

3. Saut du Gendarme

4. Didier waterfall

5. Etang des Salines

6. Mangrove forest

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Behind the business meeting in Vis

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We are back in VIS island, CROATIA! Maya‘s family has a house there, so we look for any excuse to visit island. This time we were there on business, but we managed to film some behind the scenes for you.

We took Jadrolinija ferry from Split. Return ticket fee is approx. 15 EUR. You can find seasonal prices here -> FERRY TICKET.

Ferry docks in Vis city ferry port and the entrance in the bay is always magnificent! If you are not in a hurry, stay on ferry deck and watch city from bird view.

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Maya’s father and his brother have house in middle of the island, in little village named Zena Glava (eng. Woman Head). You can find accommodation here: VIS island.

We love coming to Zena Glava, enjoying life in a peace and quiet. In winter times we come to harvest olive trees Maya’s father, Nikša, has planted there. We dream about the day when we will have something beautiful as Nikša’s Olive garden.

When we are with Nikša, we always go to Komiža. This time, we took quick detour at place called “The red rock’s”(Crvene stijene), right above Komiža city. This place contains more than a dozen trails up for free climbers. It also hides one of many Tito’s tunnels. Vis has always been of significant strategic importance for World War II leader Tito, that’s is why he built tunnels and bases all around the island.

When in Komiža we always take a walk down the riva promenade. One picture you can count 100% you will catch, is local elderly siting at benches by the sea.

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We always, but always, have a drink at Speed bar. We are there so much that we actually met the owner :).

If you are looking for good place to eat, KONOBA BARBA, has our highest recommendation.

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Magical watermill village Rastoke

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After our Castle adventure in Karlovac county, we drove close to Slunj city and spent night in lovely Restaurant Rooms Pino (book here). We booked double bed room with balcony for very affordable price (approx. 300 HRK). They also have restaurant within object, so we had both dinner and breakfast there.

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First thing in a morning we drove to Rastoke watermill village. We parked on main road, right before village bridge, on a public parking (fee approx. 1 EUR per hour). Right there, you can see Rastoke beauty!

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Slunjčica flows into the Korana River across cascades creating waterfalls of different size – MIND BLOWING, we know! Rastoke are often called Plitvice’s little sister, but they are so much more than that!

We spent only half day in Rastoke, but would recommend you to take entire day! Etno village is small itself, but it is a place you can get lost in.  They have tavern, mill, textile house, museum, fishpond and meadow with a totem in the middle. The waterfalls in Rastoke were named after the mill owners, and the most famous ones are Buk, Hrvoje and Fairy Hair (local: Vilina kosa). But our favorite in village was hidden cave bellow waterfall.

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Don’t forget to stop in some of the cutest restaurants and try some homemade specialties.

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Dubai Top 10 things to do

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How to start this story? Well…Dubai has the world’s tallest building, hotel and residential building, the largest mall in the world, the world’s largest aquarium and the second largest man made marina on Earth. Oh, it also has beach, desert safaris, sky dive, amusement parks, indoor ski resort and many more things. Do we even need to explain why we chosen to travel there?

Unfortunately, we stayed only for 3 days (accommodation) and didn’t get to experience it all. Still, we enjoyed Dubai to the fullest and picked our Top 10 things to do in Dubai:

1. Dubai Desert Safari with dinner5-1

We will give you full insight to our Dubai desert Safari adventure in our next blog! Make sure you FOLLOW US, so you don’t miss it 🙂

2. Burj Khalifa – “At the top”6-1

We love seeing cities from the highest point and in Dubai we saw it from the highest building on Earth – Burj Khalifa.

Building is 828m tall and has open deck on the 124th floor. Ticket fees start at 125AED (approx. 35 EUR). Tickets are cheaper if you pre-book online. You can also go higher to the 148th floor, to the world’s highest observation deck, but it will cost you extra, 350AED (approx. 90 EUR).

3. Atlantis Waterpark and Palm Island

Thrilling high-speed water slides, river rapids, pools and beach equals full day fun. The best is that we show you this experience trough video:

TIP: pre-book your tickets online (saves money) and buy ticket with lunch menu included (cheaper then buying on site). Travel light (swimsuit and GoPro) and bring your own towel. There are lockers you can rent out, for a certain fee.

4. Dubai Fountain

Fountain is designed by the Bellagio people from Las Vegas and it is second largest choreographed fountain system in the world. Yes, again something the greatest!

Each night, from 6 pm, every half an hour Dubai Fountain makes 5 minute choreography followed by song and colorful lights. You will never see the same show twice! Here you can see our show (VIDEO). Show is free and you can enter it from Dubai Mall. Come earlier to pick a seat or you can have a drink at one of the restaurants on the lake where the show is located.

5. Dubai Marina

In Dubai marina, you can take stroll on lovely promenade and find coffee shops and restaurants with unreal skyscraper skyline view. It was definitely our favorite place to hang out in the evening. Follow sweet-smelling smoke in the air and you will find a shisha bar! Shisha is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco, now you get herbal flavor, such as apple, orange or strawberry. We found nice coffee shop, had something to eat, drink, smoked shisha and watched sunset over marina. It sounds perfect, right?IMG_4006

6. Jumeirah beach and Burj Al Arab

Dubai has fabulous sandy beaches, Jumeirah is just one of those. You can easily access it with a car. Our Hotel had shuttle bus riding to the beach every 30 minutes, so check with your accommodation if they have similar complimentary service. Jumeriah beach is nice place for afternoon chill on crystal white sand, getting the perfect tan by turquoise blue water. Like all beach destinations, there are lot of water sports to choose from, such as Fly board (number 7 on our list), jet ski, kite surfing and diving.

From Jumeirah beach, you can also easily walk to the Burj Al Arab, stunning hotel with curved glass facade. We know it from Roger Federer and Andre Agassi tennis match. Wouldn’t you like to play tennis match 200 meters above the ground? We wouldn’t, but you get the picture why this hotel is so amazing?IMG_4074-1

7. Fly board Dubai

This is something you can find nowadays anywhere in the world and we suggest you try it at least once in your life. Friendly advice, wear shorts and shirt, rather than swimsuit. Water is so powerful that it literally takes you pants off!

8. Old town & Dubai Creek

Dubai is a new “modern” city and it is advertised as that. However, they also have city’s historic district in Bastakiya Quarter with busy creek, spice market, gold market and few historical landmarks (Jumeirah Mosque, Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum). There, you can see what the city looked like before all developments. We suggest bargaining when visiting the souks in Dubai.

TIP: Take waterbus along the Dubai Creek (price per ride/person is 2 AED or 0,5 EUR) . It’s a great affordable way to explore the old part of town.IMG_3957

9. Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall has it all! Aquarium, skating rink, waterfalls and top brand clothing shops where you can get lost for the day even if you aren’t interested in buying anything!

TIP: pick up a map of the Mall! Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains entrances are in Dubai Mall, so combine those 3 in a day tour.

10. Boxpark district

We found this district on first day, by accident. We didn’t find it in tour guides and it should be. It is funky place along Al Wasl Road, home to boutique fashion outlets, cinema, restaurants and coffee shops. But, mind blowing thing is that entire area is constructed out of warehouse and shipping containers!! How cool is that?IMG_0488

Well, all good things come to an end. Hope our experience can help you to enjoy more! Let us know in comments if you found this blog useful for your trip to Dubai.

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In next blog we give you Dubai Desert Safari!

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