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The exoticism of the Caribbean softened by the comfort of the language and the infrastructures of an overseas department (DOM), this is what Martinique offers. L'Ile aux fleurs is first and foremost a paradisiacal beach with infinite gradations of white or black sand that can be enjoyed all year round thanks to a generous sunshine: Anse noire, Céron, Trabeau, Cap Macré or les Salines. It is also a wonderful green tourism area to discover with its Martinique tourist guide. Hiking on the volcano of Mount Pelée, discovering the aquatic fauna in the Anses d'Arlet with mask and snorkel, kayaking in the Trois-Ilets mangrove, canyoning in the Piton du Carbet massif... Finally and above all, it is a rich cultural heritage that museums, distilleries, gardens, and other Creole homes tell you about between a zouk class, a plate of West Indian puddings and a ti-punch.

What to see, what to do Martinique?

When to go Martinique ?

The best time to travel to Martinique outside the busy areas is in May and June: the climate is pleasant and prices are at their lowest. Prices are also on the decline from September to mid-December: take advantage of it! In July and especially in August, the weather is very hot and more humid: it rains more often, which does not bother you at all. Don't forget that the summer holidays allow the West Indies to return home. It is often difficult to find a rental car and airline tickets are very expensive (especially if you do it at the last minute). On the other hand, avoid planning a sailboat cruise in September, as the hurricane season is not over.

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Accessible thanks to often attractive airline tickets, Martinique is a destination that combines all the assets: dream beaches, easy hiking, water sports, all in perfect safety! The island lends itself willingly to family holidays, alone or with friends, of variable duration: one week for the most in a hurry, fifteen days for the luckiest! Take a trip to paradisiacal places surrounded by turquoise waters. It will also be an opportunity, during your peregrinations, to discover a rich heritage, with strong traditions, welcoming inhabitants proud of their incredible land and authentic fishing villages. A getaway between land and sea, between idleness and sports, take the time to savour the riches offered by the tropical forest, the old plantations with an eventful history, to taste the colourful flavours of Martinique's gastronomy and to take the time to appreciate. Quite simply.

How to go Martinique

How to go alone

The price of the flight ticket depends on the airline used but above all on the booking time. For attractive rates, take advantage of frequent promotions throughout the year. You can perfectly manage on your own and therefore organize your stay yourself. You will find many excursionists and service providers, inter-island connections as well as supermarkets and grocery stores.

How to go on a tour

Tours, hikes, idleness, diving, combined catamaran or monohull trips, cruises, honeymoons and wedding anniversaries... The offer for Martinique covers a wide range of activities and opportunities. There are many specialists who offer tailor-made trips.

How to get around

Public transport on the island remains limited, even if a network exists in the Fort-de-France urban area and municipal lines irrigate the outlying districts of the towns. It is therefore much better to have a vehicle and a road map to get around. The plane allows you to travel between the islands. Air Antilles and Air Caraïbes offer many flights.

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Lazing under the coconut palms of Anse des Salines, discovering the ruins of Saint-Pierre, attempting to climb Mount Pelée, exploring the fishing villages of the north, kayaking in the mangrove swamps of Trois-Ilets, diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, admiring the sunset on Diamond Rock, visiting one of the island's distilleries...: it's impossible to get bored in Martinique!

A hidden paradise in the Lesser Antilles archipelago, the island of flowers fascinates as much for the diversity of its landscapes as for its gentle way of life. Martinique is also a rich cultural heritage, with strong traditions such as the yole, unique skills such as its AOC rum, the only one in the world, or its colorful and flavorful cuisine. It is also a land of renowned intellectuals, such as Aimé Césaire, whose work and thoughts have undeniably left their mark on Martinique and the world

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Vue aérienne de Petit-Piton et Grand-Piton. Tom Pepeira  - Iconotec
Voiliers au mouillage JC DUSANTER
Écomusée de la Martinique. Vincent FORMICA

The 12 keywords Martinique

1. #Carnival

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It is without a doubt the biggest festival of the year, a joy that carries the whole island in its wake. At the heart of the carnival, each day is unique: Monday and its burlesque weddings, Mardi Gras marked with an evil red and black, Ash Wednesday in black and white as a sign of mourning (it is the day when Vaval, the king of carnival, is burned)

2. #Cock fighting

Here they are also called "pitt". Cockfighting is an age-old practice in Martinique, which consists of two cocks prepared for combat on a gallodrome (or "pitt"). Each rooster has its share of cockerel fans behind it. This practice, which is forbidden in France, is still tolerated in Martinique, but is much decried

3. #Creole

Born out of the need for communication between white masters and uprooted black slaves, Creole is a language in its own right, not a patois, with its own grammar and rules. A suggestive language by its very essence, alluding to numerous images, often with sexual connotations, it is a strong element of Martinique's identity

4. #Flowers

It is not by chance that Martinique is called "the island of flowers". Here, flowers are everywhere: alpinias, bougainvilleas, hibiscus, allamandas, balisiers, cassia alatas, porcelain roses, queens of Malaysia, orchids, periwinkles, and grow on their own, thriving in their natural habitat or in dedicated gardens

5. #White background

Honoured by the sailors, acclaimed by the tourists, they participate in the paradisiacal myth of the island. These immaculate sandy bottoms, offering very little depth, thrive along the Atlantic coast, between the Robert, François and Sainte-Anne rivers, passing by the legendary bathtub in which Josephine loved to cool off..

6. #Habitation

By extension, the term designates the estate of the owner of a sugar cane or tobacco plantation. It consists of the manor house, often perched on top of a dreary hill, administrative buildings, stores to store goods, workshops, with around the famous "case negro" streets where slaves were piled up.

7. #Langouste

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Once considered as the dish of the poor (times have changed!), this shellfish with long antennae is king in Martinique. It can be eaten in all sauces. Its fishing is prohibited between January1 and March 31 (reproduction period) and its size must not be less than 22 cm (or 14 cm for the Brazilian) at the time of capture.

8. #Markets

They start very early in the morning and each commune has its own. Often small, simple, friendly and sometimes folkloric, the fruit and vegetable markets are colourful. One comments the fact of the day around a kilo of sweet potato, yam or manioc. It is necessary to be on first-name terms and Creole is highly recommended!

9. #Morne

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Numerous in Martinique, the mornes are small hills at very different altitudes depending on the location, from forty to several hundred meters. They generally offer sumptuous panoramas of the coasts, Caribbean or Atlantic, and sometimes turn into peaks in the north, or even mini-mountains all over the island!

10. #Ti-punch

Some like it "dry" (without anything!), others prefer it with a dash of lemon and a hint of sugar. Whatever the case, ti-punch is an institution in Martinique. The expression was inspired by the "punchon", a small barrel used to pack tafia, itself derived from the old French "ponçon", "ponchon", "poinçon"...

11. #Yole

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The history of this unique boat, typical of the island, begins with the first Amerindian navigators. The result of a know-how inherited from the ancients to create a hull with pure lines and a large square sail, without ballast or lead keel, the yawl, with its coloured sails, symbolizes the osmosis between Man and the sea.

12. #Zouk

This musical genre created in the early 1980s was popularized by the group Kassav'. If the discerning ear can easily distinguish between the different types of zouk (concrete zouk, love zouk and even metal zouk), today "zouk" refers to music, dance or place of celebration. Much better than a medicine, it is a real remedy against gloom.

You are from here, if...

"Pani pwoblem" is your motto. Renowned for their coolness, the people of Martinique always take life in the right direction and are rather relaxed. Here, stress is not a problem and you take your time to live.

You are early in the morning and jump out of bed as soon as the first rays of sunshine appear. In Martinique, life starts early. People organize themselves to have done everything before nightfall at 6pm. Beware of night owls, because after 10 pm it is not always easy to find an open restaurant.

You buy coconuts on the roadside, smoked chicken and fresh marlin in the roundabouts.

You hitchhike rather than wait for the bus!

You prefer Lorraine to 1664 and coconut water to apple juice.

You say good evening from midday and use the familiar form of address for everyone.

You call your half "doudou" (cuddly toy).

Zouk is your religion!

You always walk around with your bathing suit and towel at hand, because in Martinique the sea is never far away!

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