Operation Escape Inaugural Weekend: Trip to Martinique

I’ve been slacking on my travel-related posts. Since travel is one of the main things I am consistently asked about I need to step it up. For those who don’t know I live in Maryland and work in downtown DC. Upon hearing that y’all’s current president won, I knew I did not want to be in the city for inauguration weekend. I had to escape. I searched around for destinations I could go to or friends to visit and wasn’t really finding much. Great minds really do think alike because I saw more than a few posts of people wanting to get out of the city. One such thread included a post from a fellow traveler putting together a group trip to Martinique and the ticket was under $300 at the time. After a few weeks, plans were finalized and the trip was a go!

Where’s Martinique?

Martinique is a Caribbean Island that belongs to France, think Puerto Rico and the US. Many people haven’t heard of it but it’s such a beautiful place and I definitely plan to visit again. Despite a hotel mishap and not-so-great room, I enjoyed my trip and group of people I went with.

During the Trip

On our first day before our tour of the island, there was a driver mishap at the airport so we wandered around the hotel grounds. We eventually found a small beach that was pretty much empty so we made it our own. The water was so clear and beautiful, I so wish we had the clear water of the Caribbean in our beaches.

As do most of the world, the people of Martinique LOVE Obama, so much so that when he first became president they named a street after him. We ran across at least three different restaurants/bars with his name in the title. Also, completely unrelated, if you to go keep a few coins on you because most of the public restrooms required money to operate and clean.

An interesting piece of Martinique history is the eruption of Mount Pelee 115 years ago. This eruption killed 30,000 people in twenty seconds. The lone survivor only made it out because he was in solitary confinement underground. (I guess crime sometimes does pay?). We got a chance to visit the Saint-Pierre ruins, specifically an old theater, which is what was left behind after the eruption.

My favorite part of the trip was relaxing on the catamaran. I initially opted out of the excursion because I usually get motion sickness. But I decided to take the place of another group member. Being out on the water, laid out on the boat, was all the relaxation I needed. Especially after a long day of touring the island.

After the Trip

The flight back was hands down the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. Upon initially landing the plane quickly accelerated and took off again. We were going higher and higher back into the air for what seemed like forever. Then the captain finally announced that there was a communication mishap and we would be landing again soon. The different reactions on and off the plane let me know that I wasn’t alone. Everyone else was just as scared and happy to be back safely. I’d be just fine if that never happens again.
Anywho, enjoy a few of the shots from my trip below! (please excuse the flipped pictures.. using a new tool and still getting comfortable with it :/)

 

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22 Comments

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    Marsharee Siner

    March 15, 2017

    Awesome thanks for sharing definitely looking into this for a future trip

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      Ashleigh

      March 15, 2017

      It was amazing! Thanks for reading 🙂

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    Yasmine Saibou

    March 15, 2017

    Great post! I never knew about the volcano there! Thanks for sharing your adventures, next time take me with you!

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      Ashleigh

      March 15, 2017

      Yep. there were a few ruins spot in the area.

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    kemkem

    April 12, 2017

    Martinique is definitely one on my list to visit. It looks so lovely. I love the picture of you and the coconut :-). I didn’t know there was a volcano. Thanks for sharing and no worries about your new tool :-).

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      Ashleigh

      April 12, 2017

      That was my first time drinking out of an actual coconut too lol hence the facial expression!

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    carlana charles

    April 12, 2017

    Wow!!! such a beautiful island, hope you had a good time, wish to visit there soon.

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      Ashleigh

      April 12, 2017

      Definitely have a great time! Put it on your list, the flights are pretty cheap.

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    Keisha Adinkra

    April 12, 2017

    A Caribbean Island that belongs to France interesting. The scenery is beautiful! That clear water and those beaches are gorgeous. I love the blue swimsuit you’re wearing. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ashleigh

      April 12, 2017

      Thank you, that suit seems to be a crowd favorite. Amazon is good for “look cute and lounge” swim suits lol

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    Tomiko

    April 12, 2017

    I’ve never been here before and I don’t think it was even on my radar.. great recap I’m going to show my husband this tonight.

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      Ashleigh

      April 12, 2017

      A lot of people don’t know about it but the flights are cheap and it’s such a beautiful place, thanks for sharing!

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    Jay Colby

    April 13, 2017

    Sounds like an amazing trip. I’ve always wanted to go to Martinique it looks so beautiful!

  8. Reply

    staciesayzso

    April 13, 2017

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful place! Looks like you had an amazing time!

  9. Reply

    Latoya

    April 13, 2017

    That was a great treat. Especially, considering the uncertain circumstances of that particular weekend, lol.

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    thechattymomma

    April 14, 2017

    What a gorgeous location. I love warm blue water. Definitely a nice addition to the bucket list.

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    RaNesha

    April 14, 2017

    Adding Martinique to my travel list thanks for sharing I love the Caribbean.

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    Kimberly

    April 14, 2017

    I’ve never heard of this island but it looks absolutely beautiful! I’ll definitely have to add it to my travel list!

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    It´s Really Kita (@itsreallykita)

    April 14, 2017

    I’ve heard only great things about Martinique. Shoot, I’m still wishing this was all a bad dream.

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    Tanya Barnett (@RealWifeCoach)

    April 14, 2017

    This post makes me all sorts of happy! This is beautiful. I’m gald you hasd an amazing trip.

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    MUAKimPorter

    April 20, 2017

    Martinique is beautiful. I always seem to miss the deals to there or it’s during a time when I already have something booked.

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      Ashleigh

      April 21, 2017

      Hopefully a convenient deal comes soon for you because it is definitely worth seeing!

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