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Martinique or Guadeloupe?

Been to almost all the islands and want to try something new. We speak no French but were fine in St. Bart's. How do these islands compare to St. Lucia, St. Barts, etc. as far as scenery and beaches are concerned?

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1. Re: Martinique or Guadeloupe?

Hi there,

Did the two plus Lucia and Dominica. They're for sure on par with Lucia and have their own specific Creole-Bayou flavour. Martinique is bigger, Gua feels a bit more intimate and the outlying islands like Les Saintes add some even more intimate extra flavour. Easy to combine both, regular ferry service (though Caribbean-voodoo-reliability of the schedule) and affordable internal flights.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Martinique or Guadeloupe?

i´m a middle-age woman planning on traveling on my own to the French Caribbean. Which island is the best? Any recommendation on places to stay? I speak English and Spanish fluently and understand (and speak) a little of French

Thanks!

AM

Please reply to akpoppi@gmail. com

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3. Re: Martinique or Guadeloupe?

Hi there,

Well see above. It's really up to you whether you prefer size/variety or intimacy plus outlying islands. Don't expect TA people to reply to your e-mail, and moreover it's not clever to post your e-mail address here in a public forum - it'll be harvested by spambots ;-)

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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4. Re: Martinique or Guadeloupe?

What's the name of the ferry service between the islands? Do they run everyday? Do you know the cost Martinique - Dominca and Dominca - Guadeloupe? Does any one know of a travel site that could arrange a combined package with air and hotels over two weeks on the three islands? (Fli into M or G, and ferry between them, fly out of G or M? Thanks!

Edited: 23 January 2014, 22:57
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5. Re: Martinique or Guadeloupe?

Hello all,

Martinique, St. Lucia and Guadeloupe are all very similar geographically. You will find wonderful beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls, tropical rain forests and more. Saint Lucia certainly has the better all-inclusive resorts. Martinique and Guadeloupe have better food, better infrastructure. Also, Martinique and and Guadeloupe as part of France are far richer than St. Lucia.

Note that there are not many (if at all) good and reasonably priced hotels in the French islands. Vacation villas or apartments are the better option.

While there is ferry service between the islands I would not recommend it. It is expensive, often rough, time consuming and not reliable. Furthermore it is near impossible to make reservations over the internet or by phone. Flying is by far superior and not necessarily much more expensive.

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6. Re: Martinique or Guadeloupe?

I have spent time on both islands and both are beautiful with very friendly people. The key difference in my opinion is that the Martiniquais are not trying to become an independant island: they are proud of their island just the way it is and appreciate being a paet of France with its health care, schools etc while Guadeloupe is a tad frustrated with the lower standard of living and high prices compared to their mainland France compatriots. These are provinces of France and the majority of tourists are French so you will not find alot of hotels if any that offer all inclusive deals on either island. Most people rent houses or apartments and do their own cooking during day and eat out for evening meals. If you visit iha. Com or vacation rentals by owner (vrbo.com), you can find wonderful places. We have used these web sites to find our apartments in Guadeloupe and Martinique and other islands for past 8 years running and have had no problems whatsoever.

good luck

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