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WINTER 2012I sea&iI51cityguide

PIERRE HUREL, CAMPER & NICHOLSONS MONACOMartinique and Saint Lucia, Caribbean"For exclusive fashion, gourmet food and great diving, Martinique has to beone of the Caribbean's finest islands. It is one of the largest in the Windwardschain, which lies on the easternmost boundary of the Caribbean Sea, andbeing an integrated part of France, and therefore relatively subsidized, it hasa large airport, good roads and shops, and supermarkets where you canexpect the same sort of provisioning that you would find on mainland France.These are just some of the reasons why Martinique is so praised by yachtcaptains, chefs and charterers. "Martinique is like two islands in one, with a relatively dry climate and long,sandy beaches in the south and a paradise-like rainforest in the tropical north.The island is renowned for hiking and wreck diving, particularly in the bay ofSaint-Pierre where many ships were sunk by the Montagne Pelée volcano in 1902."Another favourite island of mine is Saint Lucia, which is located half waybetween Martinique and Saint Vincent. A romantic spot with welcoming land-scapes, Saint Lucia's population is equally friendly and her many bays andcoves are enchanting. The island is home to the famous Piton mountains,whichsoar from the sea, and the beautiful Marigot Bay, both on the west coast andreflecting pirate-film settings. Saint Lucia is also a place of many ancientfortresses and is one of the best islands in the Caribbean for hiking and birdwatching. While you're there, be sure to visit Soufriere volcano - the world'sonly drive-in volcanic crater."Wherever in the world you plan totravel, Camper & Nicholsons canprovide expert knowledge on theyachts and cruising destinationsavailable. Here, three members ofthe charter team offer adviceTAKE IT FROM 52Isea&iIWINTER 2012