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Old 29-03-2010, 15:13   #1
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Is Martinique Safe ?

Sailing out of Rodney Bay next week...don't know if I'm going up or down.....anyone been to the southern and southwestern anchorages in Martinique lately.....riots and unrest a few months back...has that settled down.....any impact on onland experiences, provisioning, etc?
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Old 29-03-2010, 16:30   #2
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Probably safer than Rodney Bay!
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There's a fair bit of petty theft at Marin. Make sure your dinghy and outboard are well secured, and don't leave any hatches open if you leave the yacht in the marina, otherwise you'll be fine, the unrest was long ago.
If you're going to F-de-F, Le Ponton at Anse Mitan, was washed away by Hugo a couple of years ago and as far as I know has still not been rebuilt.
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yes, it's very safe. As above, I had stuff pinched in St lucia (a bit - outboard, once, four years ago), but never in Martinique. Le marin is the main place for boats. Furthr north... very sadly Le Ponton still not rebuilt, Fort de France remains as manky as ever. Guidebooks say it's worth renting a car to go to the Paradiso restaurant for lunch, and definitely true.
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Spent 2 weeks in January in Marin, Trois Islets, Fort de France and St Pierre - no hints of trouble as long as normal precautions are taken - lock outboard, securely attach dinghy (wire strop or chain) and common sense. Locals were generally helpful and put up with our French!
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