Martinique is a delicious mocktail of African, French, Carib Amerindian and South Asian influences. This Caribbean island is a visual delight with its sparkling sun-drenched beaches and a plethora of historical wonders. It is a oversees department of France and is bordered by Saint Lucia, Boarbados and Dominica.
Kick-start the trip by hitting the beaches. One can bathe in the beaches of Pointe du Bout, situated in the south of the island. Head over to Martinique's major resort area, Sainte-Anne, Le Diamant and Les Anses d'Arlets have some of the finest bathing beaches. 4Km ( 2.5 miles) off Diamont is the HMS Diamond Rock, which was designated as a man-of-war by the British during the Napolenic wars and ranks a 12-gun salute from passing British warships. If you're a diver, you will be delighted to find out there one can dive down to visit the wrecks of the ships. Take a special submarine with a glass window to gaze at the wrecks and view colorful fishes that swim around them. One can even dive down to get an up-close look.
Don't miss out on the Cathedral of St.Louis. This late 17th-century cathedral is home to a Roman-stle bell tower. Exhibiting a prominent display in the Fort-de-France skyline, the Gothic revival structure stands out in the capital with its vibrant, colorful interior and is also the final resting place of several of the island's former governors. Be sure to explore the capital, Fort-de-France during your visit. There are several attractions to visit there such as the park of La Savanne and the statue which celebrates Napoleon's Empress Josephine, a native of the Martinique. Be sure to check out her home, La Pagerie for it is one of the main tourist spots and her birthplace is home to museum devoted to her.
Do make it a point to visit the Musee Departemental which talks about the island via several artifacts. Located in a colonial building and centering predominantly on Arawak and Carib Indian prehistory, the museum exhibits a new perspective into island life prior to Christopher Columbus landing in the early 16th century. Spend some to explore the countryside especially via horse riding. Those, who wish to crave to see the island in a new perspective can explore hiking trails, mountain biking and climbing and so forth.
When it comes to shopping, be sure to be on the lookout for French imports such as wines, liqueurs and crystal. Some of the local items to be purchased are rum, straw goods, bamboo hats, creole dolls, creole jewellery, baskets and objects of aromatic vetiver roots. When it comes to cuisine, there are several options to choose from such as Colombo (dish of goat, chicken, pork or lamb in a thick curry sauce), stewed conch, stuffed conch and so forth.
The stay options in Martinique are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Martinique experiences warm weather throughout the year. The best time to visit would be during the winter season during may or June as the temperatures are pleasant during this time.