Martinique

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Population: 397,730 citizens

Size: 425 square miles

Language: French

 

Destination

Martinique, even though it lies over 4200 miles from Paris, has a spirit that is absolutely French.  The excellent French food and music make it the perfect destination for those who love France.  The mountainous landscape in the north attracts hikers and bikers while the underwater sites and treasures attract divers and snorkelers.  The primary tourist area is along the south coast, extending west into the sea forming a peninsula.  There is something for everyone on Martinique, the largest of the Windward Islands.

 

When To Go

Martinique is breathtakingly beautiful year round.  Temperatures vary little from month to month, with the dry season being February to June.  The humidity and rain pick up in July and hang around until the end of the year.  Budget travelers and students prefer the summer months when crowds are lighter and prices are lower.  Martinique is pleasant all year round, but visitors travel to the beautiful island in the summer during the festive Carnival time.

 

Sand, Sun, Sea and Shopping

Long beaches and superb diving is a main attraction in Martinique.  Being that Martinique is originally a volcano, there is plenty of hiking and nature seeking available.  Two thirds of Martinique is designated as protected land, all 31 trails are well-marked and maintained for your adventure and exploration.

Fort-de-France is the capital of Martinique and a city full of energy and French flair.  Good food and trending fashion are not optional here, they are mandatory where people gather in this city.  Several street markets in Fort-de-France offer souvenirs, local food, and Caribbean crafts.  Each town has boutiques filled with island-made products and imports from France. French products such as perfume, wines, liquors, designer scarfs, leather goods, and crystal are available and always a good buy.  Look for Creole-gold jewelry and white, dark, flavored, and aged rums.  

An adventure to the Depaz Distillery is one of the island's hidden treasures.  It was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1902 but soon after rebuilt and all of the fields were replanted.  You can tour the sight and see the art and sculptures created from the old, destroyed distillery.  The rum is available for purchase and taste tests.

 

Dining and Nightlife

The food on this island is more sophisticated and international than its island neighbors.  Martinique's cuisine is a superb blend of French and Creole.  More recently, young chefs have brought exciting dishes to the table.  Most hotels have a restaurant open to the public, but call to be sure space is available for non-guests.  

After dining in one of the wonderful restaurants in Martinique, enjoy the nightlife by going to a disco or nightclub.  Befriending a native in hopes of being invited to go clubbing or to a private party would be ideal, they seem to know the perfect locations to have fun on this island.