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There’s nothing rugged about the hike to these two St. Vincent pools fed by mountain water that cascades over Dark View waterfalls. It’s surprisingly quick and easy, with sturdy wooden stairs leading to the upper tract. In fact, the ascent is so easy that it almost detracts from the awe of the mist-shrouded pools below, making me wonder if I missed something. But my driver, David, tells me that the road into the falls ultimately ends in terrain too treacherous for pavement, well shy of the summit of La Soufriere volcano. The journey to the falls’ source is possible only from Kingstown, rounding the west coast through villages with names such as Petit Bordel and Chateaubelair that nod to the island’s once-French rule. It’s only during my drive home that I understand. As we descend into a valley — rough-hewn by volcanic fury and forested with coconut trees awash in golden afternoon light — it becomes clear that ...
Editor's note: We've very excited about the news that American Airlines will start direct flights to Martinique this April. In honor of that, here's an account of our editors' recent trip to Martinique.
I blame Pierce Brosnan. Ever since I watched him seduce Rene Russo by whisking her off on a romantic island getaway in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair, I’ve longed to visit Martinique, where those steamy scenes were shot. So when the invitation to visit arrived, I jumped at the chance. That first morning, I’m struck by the dichotomy of Martinique: With its undulating terrain, roadside fruit stalls and tracts of sugar cane intersected by winding roads (some so hilly they change the orientation on my iPhone), the tiny isle first appears as Caribbean as any other. But ...
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For starters: Should we read into the fact British Airways doesn't even offer service here?
This region’s people, places and things are as diverse as the islands themselves. Getting the goods (and the bads and the weirds and everything in between) is what our esteemed cadre of contributors does best. Go snorkeling on Curaçao’s feral side; try turtle soup in Barbuda (or maybe don’t); sleep where Richard Gere slept; jump into the water at the Baths. We can’t promise things will turn out like you imagined, but if they did, why would you travel at all?
They’re beer guys in New Zealand’s wine country. That might explain why Andy Deuchars and Brian Thiel, expats from California, have given the name “Paradox” to one of the pilsners made at their Renaissance Brewing Company. Or why they describe an ale with equal parts sensory effects and breakfast-buffet details: “Layers of biscuit, maple syrup, and hints of black currant and toast.” The combination works. Just like a winemaker (Andy, 45) partnering with a Mercedes mechanic (Brian, 43) to create beer 7,000 miles from home.
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