Martinique is a French Overseas Department Island in the Caribbean sea.
Martinique is part of the Lesser Antilles and located in the Leeward Islands in the southern Caribbean Sea - north of Trinidad and Tobago. View Map.
It's culture reflects a mix of French and West Indian Influences. Its largest town is its capital Fort-de-France featuring La Savane, a garden adjoining narrow alley shops and bistros.
For those more interested in chilling in luxury, and viewing dolphins and other parts of the island go on a catamaran tour, there are many tour operators to choose from.
After a fun day at sea one needs sustenance. Close to the marina at Pointe du Bout you'll find the Village Creole consisting of fashion boutiques, restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours.
Enjoy your stay!
14.40 deg N, 61 deg W
Mountainous, four ensembles of pitons (volcanoes) and mornes (mountains). Piton Conil, extreme North, dominates the Dominica Channel, Mont Pelée an active volcano, the Morne Jacob and the Pitons du Carbet are two of five extinct volcanoes now covered with rainforest at the Bay of Fort de France at 1,196 metres (3,924 ft). Mont Pelée's volcanic ash has created gray and black sand beaches in the north in contrast to to the white sands of Les Salines in the south.
The south with its beaches is easier to travel and thus receives most of the tourist trafic.
The most popular beaches are Pointe de Bout, Diamant, St. Luce, the department of St. Anne and Les Salines.
Packing for the Caribbean? You can really get away with the minimum. Fashion. Bring light sundresses, shorts, T-shirts, sandals and a swimsuit. Although, you can get all of those - plus sarongs and sunscreen - on the island too. Jackets, jerseys, long sleeves and long pants are only sometimes worn on islands that get cooler in winter time, like The Bahamas. But in general, even fine diners are seen wearing Bermuda shorts and sandals, and sundresses for women. Guys wearing white shorts with Caribbean color belts are seen a lot.