Martinique is a small island in the Caribbean that is not overrun with tourists. It is one of the few French-speaking islands in the region, and offers a wide range of sights to visit.
The island of Martinique is part of France. It is recommended that you use Euros when traveling to the country, as most hostels and restaurants only accept this currency.
Several major airlines fly twice a week to Martinique from the US in the summer months. The six-hour flight from NYC is well worth it.
If you’re staying at a hostel, you may want to brush up on your French. Not many people on the island speak English. Most hostels are quite affordable, and it's recommended to look for hostels near the capital.
While the lack of hotel chains in the country is noticeable, the island a destination you should visit for its history, wine and cultural diversity.
Colonized by France in the 1600s, the Creole natives of the island and their traditions still reflect the essence of the French culture, especially in the local cuisine.
Martinique is renowned for its champagne production and consumption. In addition to this, the island nation grows its own sugarcane to make rum.
The food, in particular, is unique. When you get a Creole dish, you'll enjoy a meal infused with flavors from France, India and Africa.
You should take the time to visit the Pompeii of Martinique; the town of Saint-Pierre. The town was destroyed when Mount Pelee, the island’s active volcano, erupted back in 1902.
When you enter the rebuilt town by sea, you can observe just how destructive the volcano's eruption was. Make sure to explore the ruins of the old town, from the prison to the church.
Eating outdoors is a very common practice in the island. Many seaside restaurants offer outdoor dining, all of which serve a range of local delicacies.
If you’re a bookworm you should check out the Schoelcher Library, a building that has been a local landmark since 1889. It has over 10,000 books and features exciting old architecture.
While here, you should also check out the Fort Saint Louis, an ancient fortress built in 1640. Featuring old, steep stairs, uneven cobbled paths, and a view from 200 feet up high, this is a fort worth visiting.
Martinique has the unique claim of being the first island to bring java beans into mainstream coffee production in this part of the world. You can check out the history of coffee on the island at the Coffee and Cocoa Museum.
Another great place to visit is the La Savane Park, which features the headless statue of the wife of Admiral Napoleon himself, Empress Josephine.
The beaches are another feature of the island you have to visit while staying here. The island is only 50 miles long, but the sandy beaches are varied and world-famous.
Under the shadow of the volcano, the lava deposits have resulted in a silvery sheen on the beach. Further to the south meanwhile, the beaches have white sand and palm trees.
You should bring along a few essentials when traveling to Martinique, such as bug spray, a hat, and the ability to have a good time without WiFi.
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