As an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, Martinique offers visitors a fusion of French and tropical living. Because it is a part of France, tourists from all over the world are greeted with several facets of the European Union such as the euro as the local currency. Whether you are on the island for a romantic honeymoon or scuba diving adventures, cities such as La Trinitè and St Pierre have plenty in store.
The island was claimed by France and has been greatly affected by French and British influences. Upon disembarking on the white sand beaches of Martinique, there are a few historical sites worth checking out for a proper introduction to the island. La Pagerie is the birthplace of Napoleon’s Empress Josephine. St Pierre is home to the infamous and now dormant Mount Pelee volcano that once destroyed the entire city.
In addition to Mount Pelee, the north of Martinique is home to some of its legendary tropical rainforest and natural wonders. While you are in the north, Bellefontaine is a small village at the edge of a cliff. The local fishermen put on quite a show at Bellefontaine Beach with their senne nets. Le Carbet is home to the Bally distillery and Gauguin Museum.
Hotel options in Martinique range from very extravagant resorts and rented villas to campsites and very low maintenance bungalows. Accommodation on the island is grouped into categories. Te Ralais Creoles are a set of roughly 100 small and medium-sized hotels scattered about the island. There are about 200 ‘Gites de France’ or small apartments, guestrooms and studios, usually in private homes.
Martinique’s very contemporary airport, International Martinique Airport Aimè Cèsaire, has daily nonstop flights between Fort-de-France, Puerto Rico and San Juan. The island is also accessible from Dominica, St Lucia and Guadeloupe. Accessing the city centre from the airport is simple as there are taxi stands available outside the arrival terminal.