Pierside in Forte de France. Walked to downtown shopping. Very French. My wife called it a woman's port: lots of boutique dress shops, jewelry, etc. Walked to duty free shops at the other port, where Windstar was berthed. Some took ferry to resort strip which they swore was like the southern coast of France. Left too soon. See: http://www.martinique.org/index.htm
Flew in to Barbados to board the Royal Clipper last December. The local taxi driver was a one man tour guide, proud of the place and pointing out the sites on the ride from the Airport to the port. On our return, we taxied to a resort on the South side of the island and spent a day enjoying the snorkling and surf. Next December we intend to catch the local bus and go to FOLKESTONE MARINE PARK, St. James. About one mile north of Holetown is the government-run Folkestone Marine Park. This is basically an underwater park with exhibits, diving and beach facilities. Folkestone has a good beach, many water-related activities, along with fresh water showers and shops. There is an interpretive center and museum with marine and coastal environment displays, exhibits of the islandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fishing industry and a salt water aquarium. The underwater park zone extends from Sandy Lane to Colony Club and you can rent gear for snorkeling around the fringe reef, or secure a boat for diving. A glass bottom boat also plies the area.