Martinique — Overview
The “Flower of the Caribbean” in the island group called the Lesser Antilles, Martinique is celebrated for its natural beauty. Flowers grown on the island include hibiscus, frangipani and bougainvillea. Surrounded by amazing white sandy coastline and enticing warm waters, the island is a beach lover’s paradise.
Being a tropical island with clear blue seas, water sports on Martinique are a popular draw for visitors, who take part in awesome dives around the reefs and underwater shipwrecks. Boating and fishing excursions are popular, as is jet skiing, surfing and water skiing. The island itself is a haven for nature lovers with good hiking opportunities up to volcanic peaks or canyoning around the coastline.
An intriguing element to discover about Martinique is that it is officially an overseas department of France, and offers French culture akin to stepping right into Paris, albeit with a sunnier and less crowded feel. Gourmet French food is abundant, alongside typically Caribbean Creole. As a result of the French influence, Martinique experiences one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean with modern conveniences and accommodations available.
The north facing Atlantic coast offers the best surf, and it is this part of the island where you will find Martinique’s tallest peak, an active volcano called Mount Pelee. Hiking and canyoning in this area are popular, as is enjoying the magnificent beaches. Many people are drawn to Martinique because of its nightlife, and the southern tourist town of Trois-Ilets provides several bars, nightclubs and casinos to let your hair down.
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport is in the capital city of Fort de France. From here it is possible to rent a car, which is a very good way to getting around the island since the road network is well developed. Many visitors also use the short ferry service between Fort de France and the lively resort town of Trois-Ilets to get between the two busiest places.
- Relax on one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, with white sands and enticing warm waters at Les Salines
- Go snorkeling or diving in the clear blue Caribbean Sea to discover a magnificent underwater world
- Challenge the high seas with a boat or fishing excursion off the coast of Martinique on a yacht charter
- Discover why the island is fondly known as the "Flower of the Caribbean" by visiting the majestic Balata Botanical Gardens
- Visit the historic town of Sainte-Anne, the "Paris of the Caribbean," and learn more about famous volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Pelee
- Live the high life and treat yourself at one of Martinique’s prestigious casinos at Trois-Ilets
- Endulge in genuine French food and wine, while shopping for perfume and Parisian fashion