Martinique or the so-called Madinina, Island of Flowers by the locals, is a wonderful French-Caribbean mountainous island blessed with a plethora of spectacular white sandy beaches, an abundance of colorful blooms on the hillsides, crystal-clear waters protected by coral reef barriers, beautiful gardens and plantations as well as a variety of ecotourism activities, including inexpensive guided hikes, exceptional canoeing sites, exceptional routes and fantastic trails. The capital, Fort-de France, offers fine restaurants, chic shops, vibrant nightlife, "must see" attractions, like La Savane, a broad garden featuring many palms and mangos, Jardin De Balata, a tropical botanical park, containing a profusion of shrubs, flowers and trees, and much more, as well as several accommodation options to suit any travel style and budget.
Martinique is an overseas territory of France, located in the eastern region of the Caribbean Sea with its eastern shore facing the Atlantic. Extending over a surface area of 1,100 square kilometers, the island is the largest of the Windward Islands and is home to around 360,000 inhabitants. Columbus is believed to have discovered Martinique 1502 and in 1635 the island was colonized by France. The interior is mountainous covered with lush rainforest filled with orchids, hibiscus and bougainvillea. The highest point is Mt Pelée, a volcano that peeks 1,397 meters.
The island is characterized by three distinct regions: the North, featuring tropical vegetations, gorges and cliffs, babbling rivers and luxurious forests, offering good hiking and trekking options that will appeal nature lovers; the Central Region, home to the two largest towns of Fort-de-France and Le Lamentin (airport), also Martiniques wild side with waterfalls, rain forest and mountains; and the South - the more developed half of the island, famous for its magnificent bays, mangroves, beaches and an extinct volcano. The south is where you will find the island's most touristy spots and accommodations, including Trois-Ilets, Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Luce and Le Marin in the east.
The climate of Martinique is termed as tropical with constant temperatures hovering between 21C-31C year-round. February to May is, perhaps, the best time to visit the island, though there may be large crowds and the prices of hotels may rise considerably.
Martinique sports and activities include: bicycling, boating and sailing, canopy tours or the so-called tree-topping tours, canyoning, diving and snorkeling, yachting, hiking, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, kayaking and windsurfing. Martinique's marine life teems with multicolor fish and coral, turtles and sea horses, the Windward Islands offer a joy for experienced sailors, canyoning opportunities give adrenaline rush and kayaking features the best way to explore the crystalline Havre du Robert, with its shallow pools, petite beaches and islets. There is so much to do and experience that you will surely come back.
For years, Martinique tourist attractions have been drawing travelers from all over the globe. The Regional Natural Reserve of Martinique, with the essential mission to protect and improve the nature and image of Martinique's landscapes, is home to a surprising and diverse combination of plants. Here you will find 31 marked and maintained trails in three different island zones. You can find exceptional gardens in every corner of Martinique that allow visitors to discover the island's most unique vegetation. Other sightseeing opportunities are La Pagerie, Diamond Rock and St.Pierre.
Honeymoon in Martinique is something special, offering the most magnificent places of this isle and the huge variety of fun-filled tourist activities.
Martinique HotelsMartinique accommodation options come in all shapes and sizes, best suited for all tastes and budgets. You can choose from small, comfortable inns, rural cottages and campgrounds to five-star luxury resort hotel and spas, but keep in mind one thing that wherever you stay, you'll experience a warm friendly welcome in beautiful surroundings, high quality of service and complete relaxation.
Hotel Sofitel Bakoua, considered the most beautiful hotel in Martinique, is an ideal destination for a business trip or holiday. Located opposite the enticing Fort-de-France on the west coast of Martinique and built in a style of the East India Company, this magical hotel offers 139 elegantly designed and casual rooms, comfortably spread throughout the resort's small Creole-style buildings, boasting utmost room amenities and conveniences, featuring luxury of a world-class hotel. The tropical garden leads to a seascape of endless skies, contrasted by stunning Carbet peaks and gorgeous white sandy beaches.
The hotel features a restaurant, serving an excellent international and Creole cuisine, a nightclub, a casino, and a bar. Sports and recreation include outdoor fresh-water swimming pool, beach with deckchairs, sunshades and bath towels, garden, an 18-hole golf course (on site), tennis courts, kids club, as well as water sports, such as windsurfing, pedal boating, snorkeling and kayaking. This is one of the top choices in luxury Martinique accommodation, encouraging visitors to relax, unwind and enjoy the charms of the island.
Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa, located on the eastern coast of Martinique 12 km from the city center, is a beachfront property overlooking a lagoon with the clearest sparkling blue water. The 50 lavish yet playful suites, designed with the desire of comfort, provide cable/satellite TV, 24-hour room service, tea/coffee making facility, high-speed internet, banquet facilities, hair dryer, bar/lounge and a swimming pool. If your hunger calls, head to Le Campeche, the resort's charming restaurant, offering a variety of Creole-inspired dishes, but if it's a soothing escape you seek, go to the resort's spa where you will find supple treatments coupled with jet showers and a hammam. There are also yoga classes. The hotel supplies a number of onsite and beachfront activities including tennis, volleyball, sunbathing, surfing, sailing and windsurfing.
The four-star Hotel La Bateliere is a beachfront Schoelcher hotel on Martinique's west coast with private dock. The hotel is a real fusion of Creole elegance and modern functionality, combining business and leisure in an exceptional way. Accommodations at Hotel La Bateliere offer 185 spacious rooms and 8 suites featuring balconies with splendid sea and garden views. The hotel boasts a lively piano bar, a gym with a view, boutiques, 6 lighted tennis courts, 2 parking lots, 2 business corners, an elegantly designed swimming pool overlooking the bay of Fort-de-France, a convivial al fresco restaurant and conference facilities.
Martinique- the Island of Flowers is a leisure destination with high quality infrastructures and attentive professionals offering a wide array of products and services.Experience the unique blend of French, Caribbean and distinct Creole culture and lifestyle, the rich flora and fauna, the genuine nature, the world below and under the water and enjoy your stay to the fullest.