Martinique – A TOURIST IN THE CARIBBEAN

Martinique

Martinique, is the beautiful French island in the southern Caribbean known for its breathtaking natural beauty and charm.   With a mixture of French and Caribbean traditions and cultures, you get the better of both worlds when you vacation on the beautiful island of Martinique.  Imagine having a slice of France, pristine beaches, tropical forests, miles of sugarcane fields with a rolling green countryside that awaits you – that is Martinique.

Mount Pelée

Primarily French, Martinique offers a seductive mix of magnificent beaches, dramatic mountain tops, tropical gardens, beautiful flowers, and many architectural attractions. It is known for its tradition and culture with a rich history of crafts and literature. Its multi-ethnic population stems from the diverse island successive inhabitants of Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, Indians, and Asians. Martinique’s economy is based on sugarcane, light industry, bananas, and tourism. As the sugarcane industry is on the decline, today, most of the sugar is used for the production of rum.

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Gorges de la Falaise

The tourism industry now plays a major role in the economy and is the main source of foreign exchange for the island. The official language is French and French Creole, which stems from old French and broken English. The island has a tropical climate, covered with exuberant vegetation, lavish tropical forests, and countless species of trees and flowers a welcoming sign to tourists and visitors to the island.  The island is best known for being the Paris of the Caribbean.

Martinique is not your normal North American vacation destination in the Caribbean and there is a reason for that. The luxury all-inclusive resorts, expensive housing, and exquisite dining do not come cheap in Martinique. The island caters more to French-speaking tourists around the world. As a region of France, the currency used on the island is the Euro so the U.S. dollar won’t go far in these parts. Another major obstacle English speaking tourists encounter when visiting the island is the language barrier as most of the residents speak French or Creole, so it is advisable to bring along a French dictionary or handbook when visiting the island.

Well, the island known as ‘The Island of Flowers’ truly lives up to its name with the sweet scents of anthuriums, bougainvillea, and orchids throughout the island. The best time to visit the island is from December to April as there is the chance that hurricanes and storms may hit the island late summer into early Fall. The island is notoriously known for its volcanic devastation of Mont Pelee in 1929 in the town of Le Morne Rouge which is a very popular site among tourists.

The island has some amazing beaches with their silver and blue-gray volcanic sand just perfect for family outings, and on the island’s southern coast there are beautiful white sand beaches all covered with clear crystal turquoise waters.

Known as the Rum Capital of the world, a visit to the island will not be complete without trying some of the finest rums and wines in the world all locally produced on the island. Free samples are available at each distillery and can be purchased at the airport upon departure.

A leading destination for European vacation seekers the island is filled with French traditions, rich history, and cultural heritage. Martinique is truly a gem in the Caribbean.


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