I honestly think that for any specific island in the Caribbean it's hard to stand out amongst its peers, given that many are so similar, yet for me Martinique is in a class of its own. Especially if you like your holidays a bit more active rather than only lazing around at resorts - of which there obviously are plenty here - Martinique is a great spot.
This overseas region of France with population of 400,000 is about half the size of Luxembourg but really packs a punch in terms of the variety of its scenery. You get your white sand beaches, your black sand beaches, your active volcano in the form of Mont Pelée which rises to 1,397m (4,583 ft). You also get tropical rain forest up north and savannah-like terrain down south, as you get urban areas around capital Fort-de-France and quiet and secluded spots elsewhere.
Martinique's high season runs from December to April, when Europeans come here to avoid the colder weather back home. If you want to avoid the crowds anything outside of those periods is your best bet. Of course if you are American and want to avoid your compatriots, any time of year works.
Note that as Martinique forms part of the European Union, you need a Schengen visa, visa exempt access to the EU or simply a European passport to get in. [Review by travelindicator]
- Martinique is a region in Martinique. It is situated at an altitude of 348ft and the best airport to fly into is FDF (Lamentin, Fort De France)
- The main spoken language here is French, and the average English skill is intermediate
- The currency used in Martinique is the Euro (EUR)
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