Martinique is a rugged, mountainous island in the Caribbean Sea. The old name of the island is Madinina, which in the language of its natives means the ‘Island of Flowers’. In the 16th century the Spaniards showed no true interest for the small island, but later Martinique became well-known and popular travel destination.
Few facts about Martinique
- The capital of Martinique is Fort de France – a city with a few historic sights, like Bibliothèque Schoelcher – a library that was built in Paris and was then dismantled, shipped in pieces to Fort-de-France and reassembled in its current location.
- The total area of Martinique is 1,100 square kilometers with 350 km of Coastline.
- Mount Pelee is the highest point on the island of Martinique. It’s 1,397 m high.
- Average temperatures in Martinique fluctuate between 27 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius.
- Martinique was first settled by Europeans in 1635, and many parts of the island are associated with the history of the past three centuries.
- Martinique is World-renowned for its cuisine. If you’re a foodie, you must visit La Paillotte Bleue restaurant that serves classic French dishes with a drop of Caribbean influence, such as a veal ragout cooked with vanilla, or curried roast lamb, or visit Côté Sud which is known for its French dishes such as cassolette of sea snail or sea bass cooked in vanilla and lime sauce.
- Martinique is a popular snorkeling destination since it offers abundant marine life, historic shipwrecks, and healthy reefs.
The Island of Flowers
“Nomen est Omen,” they say. And this for sure is true for this petite Caribbean island. Its hilly territory is home to many trees and lianas. Since Martinique is a volcanic island, its soil is very rich and perfect for diverse vegetation.
Top beaches in Martinique
- Grande Anse is mostly known for its Ti Sable beach restaurant. Visit this beach to lounge in comfy chairs and enjoy some cocktails, and at the sunset, you can enjoy a nice dinner in a fashionable restaurant.
- Anse Grand Macabou is a classic wild beach on the Atlantic coast. It offers you white sand and shade from surrounding coconut trees. Can you imagine anything better?
- Petite Anse is a small, quiet beach on the road toward Le Diamant. This beach is quiet and peaceful even on weekends.
- Anse Tartane is the biggest beach in Martinique. It’s a beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the North East coast of Martinique.
- Anse Dufour is on the South West coast of the island. There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Anse Dufour at all, it's worth a try.
Hire a car and explore this volcanic island
The roads in Martinique are generally well-maintained. Traffic laws and road signs are the same as in France. Renters should be at least 25 years old. Traffic moves on the right side of the road, seat belts are required, and children under 12 must ride in the back seat of a car. Children under six must be seated in the proper child seat.