Sunset in Martinique © Antoine Hubert
Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean and an overseas region of France, Martinique is one of the many islands that make up the Lesser Antilles island group, affectionately referred to as the 'Breezy Islands'. This vibrant island has all the charm of a small village in the south of France stirred together with a little Créole flavour and a lot of spice.
With such a rich and diverse history, culture lovers will enjoy the many historical sites including La Pagerie, where Napoléon's Empress Joséphine was born in 1763, Diamond Rock, a 600-foot (182m) pinnacle in the sea, and St-Pierre, a once booming town destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1902. St-Pierre was Martinique's principal city until Mt. Pelée volcano erupted, wiping out the city and its 30,000 people in just three minutes.
Featuring two beautiful peaks, Carbet and Mont Pelée, the active volcano that is the highest mountain on the island, at 4,586 feet (1,398 metres), rises above Martinique's legendary tropical rainforest. The unspoiled beauty of this area will inspire visions of the lush Caribbean landscape from centuries ago, romancing visitors into believing the Garden of Eden still exists.
There is something for just about everybody on the beautiful island of Martinique, with plenty of water sports such as kitesurfing, yachting, diving, surfing and sailing as well as mountain biking, hiking and the adventure sport of 'canyoning', throwing yourself down waterfalls into pools below. For the less adventurous, warm sunny days can be spent lazing on the sandy, white, palm-fringed beaches, many of which are truly lovely. Salines Beach at the southernmost tip of Martinique is like something straight out of a postcard.