Strange as it may seem, once your foot is on this Caribbean island of Martinique you are entering the French Republic and visiting the European Union, where the local currency is the euro.
- Best known for its Rum and as the Flower of the Caribbean, Martinique offers a charming mix of awesome landscapes and interesting history.
- Few speak English there, and you’ll find that signs and menus generally are in French.
Martinique is one of the most attractive islands in the Caribbean. Also one of the few that still grows sugarcane and bananas in the wide fields.
Don't miss on the visit to Mont Pelee to experience Martinique’s rain forest, or visit its beaches.
The island also has a contemporary glamour, offering elegant restaurants and chic boutiques in the Galleria shopping mall.
What to see or do in Martinique
This used to be the most important town in Martinique, also known as the Paris of the Caribbean. It changed when the volcano Pelée erupted in 1902, destroying Saint-Pierre and killing thirty thousand people. Never restored to its former glory, the city is now a center of a sugar-producing area with a geological laboratory and a volcanological museum.
Walk through the ruins and go down to one of the dive sites to swim alongside the wrecks of ships that sank in the explosion.
Ever tried sea kayaking in a glass floor kayak? Several tour operators offer this magnificent experience. They’ll take you out for a couple of hours of paddling through turquoise-clear waters.
try SUP paddleboarding
a small fishing village on the island’s north, with wonderful views of nearby Dominica, the sea and mountains.
- Hire a Boat and go from Fort-de-France to the marina in Trois Ilets by the ferry at the Pointe Simon cruise terminal.
The ride will take about 20 minutes, and once there, you’ll find a number of private boat owners who will take you out swimming, snorkeling, parasailing or sightseeing, for a small price.
Le Diamant has several spectacular beaches, although it is Diamond Rock that most people come to see. This small uninhabited island has a long naval history as a fortress in the Napoleonic wars. Because of the nearby underwater cave, it is a favorite destination for scuba divers.
A small and peaceful fishing village hidden below coastal cliffs is one of the most picturesque places you may see. Often completely cut off from the rest of the island after heavy rains, Grand’ Rivière is where you will find fresh seafood, colored boats and the huge challenging waves of the Atlantic.
With such a rich flora and fauna, it is no surprise that one of the nicest botanical gardens in the world is located in Martinique.
Featuring thousands of tropical plants as well as ponds punctuated with water lilies and lotus blossoms, Jardin de Balata is owned by a passionate horticulturist. When you’re not strolling through the well-marked paths, there is always an awe-inspiring view to enjoy in the magical kingdom of flowers and hummingbirds.
This charming village in the island’s south is one of the loveliest. Although you will find many shops, restaurants, and markets, the main attractions are the gold-white sand shores.
At the bottom of Mount Pelée you will find the community of Ajoupa-Bouillon, well known for its colorful blossoms. Don't miss the botanical path called Les Ombrages and Gorges de la Falaise, a group of small gorges along the Falaise River that lead to an alluring waterfall.
A series of impressive canyons and majestic waterfalls in the forest, with trailing lianas and overhanging greenery.
This is also one of the numerous places for canyoning along the rivers coming down from Mount Pelée, cutting gorges as they descend to the sea
The south coast of La Trinité is a magically wild and pure cape where you will find lots of things to see. The nations protected land of Caravelle is remarkable for the wide range of landscapes from savannah-type terrain to mangrove forests and rich biodiversity. There are also the marked hiking trails.