Martinique is a Caribbean volcanic island which not only as a tempting and cool name but also beautiful beaches. It definitely lives up to the expectations. Mt. Pelee, showcasing the power of nature erupted in 1902, killing thousands within days. The volcanic origin of the island certainly dominates the landscape. The aftermath was a silent beauty which now boasts plenty of foreign tourists. Long stretches of black sands cocooned in the arms of lush rainforests give Martinique an exotic feel.

If you want to have a look at the place where the eruption happened, visit Saint Pierre. Besides Saint Pierre, Saint Anne is also a touristy place. It is an anomaly in this part of the earth because it has white sandy beaches, instead of Martinique’s famous black sands.

Fort-de-France is the capital city of this tiny Caribbean island. The city is vibrant with history and culture. The economy is good. Close to the city is the famous Trois-Ilets which has numerous casinos for you to enjoy. The other tourist towns include Le Marin (harbor) and Le Diamant (beach town).

Mocouba, Balata, Tartane, Presquile de la Caravelle are a unique species of tourist destinations in Martinique island. From Prequile de la Caravelle you can have a panoramic view of the island by climbing to the top of the lighthouse. Tartane is where you can see the fervent fishermen fishing with excitement. Macouba’s tobacco plantations are a scenic delight.

Adrenaline junkies can take on swimming and hiking in Gorges de la Falaise. If you are into camping, then there are plenty of places on the island where you can pitch your tent but with due permission of Office National des Forets.

There are luxury restaurants in abundance on the island. Their expertise is in French and authentic Creole cuisine. But if you are in the budget then there are many restaurants which offer international dishes at an affordable price.

The official currency here is Euro. Also, some places accept US Dollars. Other currencies exchange is available at banks and bureaus de change. Major tourist areas accept credit cards, except for MasterCard. Also, ATMs are available. 

Taxis are plentiful on the island. And the cab would cost rather cheap, if you share it, which is common. There are also excellent car hire facilities, as well as bike and moped hire opportunities. The road system is rather good. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. 

Martinique uses electric sockets of type C, as in Europe. The standard voltage is 220V. F-plugs are also applicable, but bring an adapter, if you are coming from the USA.

December 13, 2016 4:19 pm Published by

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