Distinctively French, Martinique is a Caribbean Island that is part of the Lesser Antilles.
This brief dives into the top tourist destinations in the island that should be in your bucket list.
1. Les Salines
- It's only a distance away south of Sainte-Anne with a 1km coastal strip stretching to the southern tip of Martinique.
- It is arguably the best and most popular beach in Martinique with warm, calm waters and heavenly white sands.
- It is serene and tranquil during the week but attracts crowds during the weekend.
- The capital and the main port in Martinique, it hosts the statue of Napoleon Bonaparte's Empress Josephine and the famous Bibliothéque Schoelcher.
- Other architectural attractions in the capital include Fort Royal (1638), Saint Louis Cathedral and Musée Departemental d'Archéologie which portrays Martinique's Pre- Colombian age.
3. Balata Botanical Garden
- Located near Fort-de-France, the botanical garden is home to over 3000 species of tropical plants and flowers.
- There's a raised wooden rope suspension bridge that gazes over the lush green aerial view of the garden.
- The old Saint-Pierre was once the capital and the main port in Martinique.
- After Mount Pelée erupted in 1902, the city was covered with volcanic ash.
- It attracts archeologists, historians and scuba divers.
5. Cháteau Dubuc and the Caravelle Peninsula
- Here sits a vast sugarcane factory established in the 18th century which was once the main industry in the island.
- It is home to over 150 species of plants and birds.
- La Caravelle Nature Trail offers hiking through the thick mangrove.
6. Zoo Martinique and Le Carbet
- Located among the ruins of a former sugarcane plantation, the zoo is habitat to hundreds of tropical plants and animals such as jaguars, monkeys and racoons.
- The neighboring town of Le Carbet is considered to be the landing point of Christopher Columbus in 1502.