Sail down to the Lesser Antilles and reward yourself with the rugged shores of Martinique. This island’s blend of French and West Indian influences creates a culture so colourful it’s rivalled only by the lush greenery and clear blue waters. You’ll have your fill of French-inspired fare and Creole cuisine everywhere you turn, but don’t spare a concern for the picky eaters on board. Pizza, burgers and other staples from home are also available in the best waterside restaurants in Martinique.
Steer your stomach around Martinique’s finest seafront saloons.
Located directly on the Robert Marina, La Voile is an easy stop for a romantic yet laid-back dinner by the bay. Walk off of your boat and let the sea breeze and birdsongs surround you in this wall-less restaurant. Stuffed crabs, local accras and a tasty shrimp tuna salad are just a few of the heart dishes served up. Watch the moon rise as you ponder the homemade dessert of the day.
After days at sea, you’ll be happy that you washed up at KokoaRum Bar in Le Marin. You’ll come for the huge burgers but stay for the live music. Wings, cheesy french fries and slabs of Angus beef patties are a welcome alternative to the boatload of seafood you’ll find at most other restaurants. Still need a little saltwater in your meal? A grilled fish burger with tartar sauce and all the trimmings – plus ice-cold beers – equals a chill lunch on the water.
Port de l’Etang Z’Abricots
Dock your ship right in the Port de l’Etang Z’Abricots, step off of the boat and slide right into a table at Baywatch Marina. With beach bar vibes dripping off every bottle of Heineken, this is an ideal spot for lunch or dinner if you’re missing the flavours of home. Savoury pizzas and sweet pancakes are favourites – though nearly every sea dog you sit beside will have a different cocktail on their table. We recommend starting with a mojito.
Le Mango Bay
When pizza is life – even if you’re out yachting in the South Caribbean – then you’ll want to drop anchor at Le Mango Bay. A handful of pies hot up the menu, topped with favourites like chorizo, mushrooms, red sauce and ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese. Pair a chardonnay or rose with your slices – either by the glass or by the bottle. When you find the bottle empty, you’ve earned yourself another spirited treat – perhaps a bourbon vanilla flavoured crème brulée?
Make memories that’ll last a lifetime while sailing around Martinique with a stop at Paille COCO for lunch. Steer your yacht into Débarcadère de Plaisance and flip-flop your way to this beachside eatery. You won’t go wrong with a plate of marlin or a conch burger and tiny tots won’t mind a little turf instead of surf – otherwise known as the classic chicken fillet and sides. Reward their good behaviour with a bowl of ice cream and a few minutes of skipping in the sand while you kick back with an after-lunch coffee.
The oh-so-picturesque Point du Bout Beach is certain on your port of call and it just so happens that the fabulous Le Kano is just a short stroll from the marina. Lunch is never a bad option – but the real showstopper is dinner with sunset views over the beach. Traditional Creole cuisine fills the menu, offering up fried saury fish filets in banana leaves. Plan ahead as this restaurant worth anchoring for is reservation-only.
Maybe it’s the white table cloths set against the blue backdrop of the sea and sky that makes us long for lengthy dinners at Zanzibar. Close to the Marin marina and the local market, it’s likely you’ll lock eyes with the snacked crayfish arriving with your coconut cream soup. The “Zanzibar Spirit” will consume you faster than you can sip up their Grande Cru Classe – with 1,000 wine bottles begging to get uncorked, you might as well submit to the reality that you won’t set sail again until the sun’s up.
When you spot the Kai Nono seaside shack near the Marina du Francois, you’ll know that good grub is on the horizon. This Creole restaurant is an excellent spot for cheap eats that the locals love. While it may not be the yacht club atmosphere found elsewhere on the island, you’ll agree that a plate of cod fritters and a bowl of coconut custard is well worth the – little – money spent.
Le Grill Riverain
Step off your yacht at Port de Grand’Riviere and walk down Boulevard Sainte Catherine to Le Grill Riverain. Wading so close to the marina you’ll spot your ship and sip fresh juice as you drink in the views. On a clear day, you can dine on small fried fish while looking at the shores of Dominica from the garden-like terrace. And on any day that ends in “y”, a sweet dessert next door at Le Glacier du Boulevard is a must.
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