The VIP Lounge with J.D. Martinez

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Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez grew up in Florida with five older sisters and said one of his favorite childhood travel memories is going to the beach with them in the Florida Keys. “We just had so much fun,” he recalled. Martinez, 30, who is having a great first season in Boston, was raised in Fort Lauderdale, where he still lives in the off-season. We caught up with the Red Sox slugger to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation destination? Islamorada in the Keys. I grew up going there as a kid. I enjoy being out on the water in a boat.

Favorite food or drink while vacationing? I like drinking a Captain and Coke on the water, or something like that. For food, I mostly enjoy eating seafood on vacation.


Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? I’m actually scheduling a trip now to Bali, Thailand, and that area for the off-season. I’ve always wanted to go. The clarity of the water looks amazing and I like the idea of being in an area that’s not heavily populated.

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One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My phone. I use it for everything – keeping in touch, music, camera. . . . Yeah, definitely my phone.

Aisle or window? The aisle. I’m 6-foot-2, 6-foot-3, and I need it for the leg room so I can stretch my legs.

Favorite childhood travel memory? Being with my dad, boating in the Keys . . . and going to my beach with my sisters and the rest of my family.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? Dessert. I have a sweet tooth and like all sweets pretty much. Wherever I’m at, I like to have what the special is. I’m not a picky eater, so I will try anything.


Best travel tip? I like to pack light because I feel like you always come back with stuff and you want to have room for it.