Martinique

Last evening in New York the new Commissioner of Tourism for Martinique, Mrs.Karine Rey-Camille, introduced a flag of press media representatives to the island’s 2011 face. Yes, there’s more to rum and cuisine on the island we learned. For one there’s acqua sports. More than 90 dive sites in a temperate sea where the average rests at 80-86 F. And with the Medinina Pass you can dive anywhere on the island for one low price. A good deal. Of course, for the fortunate few there’s world-class yachting, and sailboating.
Add snorkeling, windsurfing, body surfing and scuba diving. There’s also an Ecotourism program since more than 60 percent of the island is park land. It was recently dubbed ” Best Eco Island” in the Caribbean. For hikers there are over 30 trails totalling 80 miles through pristine beaches, bays, rainforests, and mountain terrain. If you’re adventurous try Mt.Pelee and the “Pompeii of the Caribbean” Mt. St. Pierre. But bring a guide with you. Or you can bikeride, kayake, or canoe or if you’re daring you can try your hand at canyoning by climbing a steep waterfall and jump off. Bon chance! For those of you with soft shoes you can smell the flowers, eh., the exploding bougainvilleas, as the island or “Medinina” – an acronym for “Isle of Flowers” – abounds everywhere. You’ll finds a vast majority here. Birds of Paradise, Golden Trumpets, Porcelain Roses, and more than 100 species of orchids. There’s also a variety of exotic birds, butterflies, and a legion of trees in many parts of the nearby rainforests.
Cannas, mahogony, magnolias, ferns,
bamboo, yellow mangroves, chestnuts, white gum are some you’ll find.

Martinique is very French where French, Creole and English are spoken. The capital is Fort- De- France. Total land miles is only 425 s

Major airlines fly to Aime Cesaire International Airport there from the U.S.
But you’ll need a U.S. passport to get there.

For more info on what Martinique has to offer contact the French Tourist Office in your city. In New York call 212-838.7800 Ext.981 or e-mail: info@matinique.org .

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Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine, et.al., and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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