As an overseas territory of France, the island of Martinique is officially part of France and Europe as well. It’s a fairly large volcanic island with a great number of towns and settlements spread on both coasts, mostly in the center and southern part of the island.
The visitors here come almost exclusively from France and Quebec so if you don’t speak French fluently it might not be a top choice. There are excellent beaches on the island, mostly in the south near the resort areas, but Martinique is equally known for its cuisine combining French cooking with the local Creole styles.
Martinique is a good choice for budget travelers since it has a large population of residents and thus many options meant for those not on 5-star budgets.
Where to stay
The island of Martinique has nearly 30 hotels and resorts with a wide mix of styles and price ranges. There are simple hotels and modest bed & breakfasts in some areas with large and luxurious resorts in others. Prices range greatly as well, with the low-end (for the Caribbean) represented fairly well.
Visitors will be flying into Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport near the center of the island. It’s large enough to handle long-haul flights from North America and Europe.
Nonstop flights from:
San Juan, Miami, Montreal, Paris