Martinique is an overseas territory of France and is a rugged volcanic island in the Caribbean Sea. The island features an interesting mix of French and West Indian cultures, rich natural landscape, top-class beaches and a wide range of outdoor activities.
Martinique’s capital Fort-de-France is the biggest city in the French West Indies and a major cruise-ship stop. It is a sophisticated and bustling city with beautiful beaches, plenty of historical buildings and landmarks, lively markets and good restaurants. The seaside Fort Saint Louis, the 17th-century St. Louis Cathedral, the twelve and a half acre La Savane Park and the excellent botanical garden, Jardin de Balata are popular attractions in the capital.
The 1902 eruption of Mount Pelée volcano, located in the northern region of Martinique, was the reason behind the destruction of Saint Pierre – Martinique’s former capital. Pelee is still an active volcano, and it last erupted in 1932. If you are up for a challenge, you can hike up Mount Pelee and be rewarded with amazing views from above. Even after 100 years of the eruption, the town of St-Pierre never fully recovered. it is an offbeat destination with French-era architecture and a black-sand beach.
Presqu’île de la Caravelle peninsula in eastern Martinique, offers excellent hiking opportunities and has the 17th-century ruins of Château Dubuc.
Les Anses-d’Arlet is home to picturesque villages where you can experience the island’s traditional life. It also has some of the best beaches in Martinique including Plage Anse d’Arlet, beautiful golden-sand beach lined with numerous bars and restaurants.
The southernmost town of Martinique, Sainte-Anne will leave you mesmerized with its stunning setting. Here you will find the most beautiful beach in Martinique – Plage des Salines, a palm-fringed stretch of soft white-sand which sees about 2 million visitors each year. Pointe Marin is another popular beach in Sainte-Anne. This family-friendly beach has one of Martinique’s most luxurious resorts – Club Med Les Boucaniers.
From volcanic mountains to white-sand beaches and modern cities to cultural villages, Martinique is one of the best places in the Caribbean to experience the happy union of French and West Indian culture.
The acive volcano, Mount Pelée is the reason behind the destruction of Saint Pierre – the former capital of Martinique in 1902.