|Facts about Martinique|
|Martinique Island||Territory of France|
|Coordinates||14° 40′ 0″ N, 61° 0′ 0″ W|
|Area||1,128 km2 (436 sq mi)|
|Population||390371 ( 1-1-2012 )|
|Time zone||ECT (UTC-04)|
Located centrally in the Caribbean archipelago, Martinique makes a good point of interest for beach lovers, divers, hikers, and foodies. It’s a part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles cluster. With a glorious heritage and ancient literature, Martinique is well known for its culture and tradition. This island is dominated by renowned poets and authors and has made a mark for its dance, music, and lifestyle.
Martinique is flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the west and by the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The island lies at a distance of 4,350 miles from France, 275 miles from the South American coast, and 1,950 miles from New York. With an approximate length of 50 miles and width of 24 miles, the island is noted for its dense forests, lush landscapes, picturesque bays, gushing waterfalls, clear rivers, and rolling hills.
How to reach (Transport)
Located in Fort-de-France, the Aimé Césaire International Airport is the nearest airport in Martinique. Weekly flights from American Airlines run to and fro from here. Besides, you can also avail a direct flight out of Miami on every Saturday to this island. Direct flights to Martinique are also available from San Juan on Saturday, Friday, Wednesday, and Sunday. Air travels like Air Caraïbes take only 20 minutes from St. Lucia and 45 minutes from the island of Guadeloupe to reach Martinique.
Public transportation is equally popular on this island. You can avail buses to travel in both the urban as well as the inter-city areas. For hiring shared cabs, the best destination is Pointe Simon. Cab services (usually referred to as taxico) here are extremely popular among the locals, and you too can avail these from the early hours of the day until six in the evening.
The months of May and June are the best time to plan for a trip to Martinique. The temperature is consistent all through the year, but you are likely to experience hurricanes during the summers. Though December to April is considered to be the peak season, you should certainly avoid this time if you detest crowds and are keen on budget friendly travel.
Points of Interest (Places to Visit)
Martinique, an overseas area of France is renowned as a vacation destination for its tropical interiors and sandy beaches. The island houses several points of interest:
- If architectural remains have always fascinated you, then make sure to include St. Pierre's ruins in your sightseeing agenda. The partial remains of the 18th century theater here impart a sense of the lost grandeur of this architectural wonder.
- La Savane, a popular central park in Martinique lures both locals as well as tourists. The park is noted for its souvenir stalls, benches, clumps of bamboo, huge trees, and grassy lawns. The city planners have proposed to add shopping malls and other entertainment options to this park. The main USP of this park is Empress Josephine’s statue holding a locket with a portrait of Napoleon.
- Established in the year 1932 by Frank Perret, Musée Volcanologique is an interesting museum in Martinique. As soon as you step in, you get a glimpse of the destructive eruption made by Mont Pelée. Of the various items displayed here, the momentous photos of the town - pre and post eruption - are most popular. Upon request, you can also get a glimpse of the region’s map.
- Bibliothèque Schoelcher is an eminent landmark of Forte-de-France. This elaborate structure carves a niche for its ornate interiors and Byzantine dome.
Martinique is home to various accommodations, ranging from comfy inns, resorts, furnished lodgings to hotels of international standards and tourist apartments. If you are eyeing a lavish stay and do not mind some additional expenses, then options like the Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa, La Batelière Hotel, and La Suite Villa work well. Those on a lesser budget can go for guest houses like An Griav La, Alex Paviot, and Le Domaine de la Vallée. The guest houses are usually located in rural regions and are furnished with all modern amenities.
Last Updated on: November 3rd, 2017