Banana Fields

Our tour around the island in a rental car gave us a good glimpse of the volcano and the freedom to explore areas we wouldn’t have been able to visit otherwise.  But we thought a second round would be worthwhile, so we went along on a guided jeep tour with other people who were staying at Club Med.

There was a caravan of 4 jeeps, each with its own tour guide.  Our tour guide (who reminded me a bit of Morgan Freeman), was the only one out of the group who could speak English, so we had two other non-French speaking visitors ride with us.

Banana Fields

The tour initially took us through flooded roads and banana fields, where we stopped for a bit and got a lesson on how the crops are managed and how important it is to the economy of Martinique.

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We gradually took a turn towards the north, where we once again found ourselves driving through a rain forest.  But this time we took a different route, allowing us to see few places that we hadn’t before. 

We stopped for lunch at a traditional creole restaurant somewhere in the middle of the island.  It turned into an international talk about the US election – with Germans, French, and French Canadians all asking us questions. We sampled the rum and tried some local food – which was all in all not that bad, but definitely not my favorite.

As we left the restaurant the clouds lifted from the top of Mount Pelée, giving us a rare glimpse at the peak of the volcano.  We stopped for a short break at Morne-Rouge for an opportunity to snap photos, the same place we had visited a day earlier, only this time we could see more than a few feet in front of our faces.

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We made a short stop at the Saint James Distillery & Rum Museum before making our way south down along the Atlantic Coast.  I was half asleep at this point, (having stayed out pretty late at the bar the night before), so I was eager to make it back to the club to relax.

Written by Sean Henri