Overview

Sunset in Martinique
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'.

Martinique enjoys a rich and diverse history. The quaint little cottage of La Pagerie honours the family of the same name, whose daughter Joséphine became the Empress of Napoléon. The 600-foot (182m) pinnacle of Diamond Rock rises majestically from the sea. Once a strategic garrison during the Napoleonic wars, today the spectacular caves and coral reefs around the pinnacle attract scuba divers from all corners of the globe.

The majestic volcano, Mount Pelée, sits smoldering above the former capital Saint-Pierre, a once booming town destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1902. The twin peaks of Carbet and Mount Pelée dominate the island, rising above Martinique's legendary tropical rainforest. This is an area of unspoiled beauty, which hasn't yet been fully discovered by tourists like so many other exotic island locations.

There is something for just about everybody on Martinique. The active and adventurous can enjoy kitesurfing, yachting, diving, surfing and sailing as well as mountain biking, hiking, and cliff jumping. For the less adventurous, warm sunny days can be spent lazing on the sandy, white, palm-fringed beaches, many of which are truly magnificent. Salines Beach at the southernmost tip of Martinique is particularly picturesque.