This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Martinique Tourism Authority
Being a Caribbean-American, I love discovering the cultural similarities and differences between the islands. I’ve visited former Spanish, Dutch, and (of course) British territories and recently found interest in the French Caribbean. My cousin and I recently found a flight deal and decided we will be traveling to Martinique to celebrate my birthday weekend. If you have interest in visiting the French Caribbean, here are some of the top things to do in Martinique.
Martinique is a French territory located in the Lesser Antilles between the islands of Dominica and St. Lucia. It is a small island rich in history and offers a little bit of everything for groups, families, adventure seekers, lovers, and solo travelers. Here are a few fun facts about the island:
- 2/3 of the island is protected parkland
- Temperatures average at about 79 F
- Napoleon’s wife Joséphine was born in Les Trois-Ilets
- There are over 6000+ accommodation options for budget, moderate or luxury travelers
- You can visit via plane, cruise ship or ferry from neighboring islands Guadeloupe, Dominica and St. Lucia
Top things to do in Martinique
It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting for a beach, adventure or cultural experience. Martinique has something for everyone. Below are some of the top things to do in Martinique.
- Visit Historic Sites and Museums
- Le Memorial de L’Anse Cafard – A slave memorial facing Diamond Beach and the Caribbean Sea. This site commemorates an event in 1830 when a slave ship careened into Martinique’s Diamond Rock Mountain, killing many of the passengers.
- La Savane des Esclaves – Located in Trois-Ilets, La Savane des Esclaves or (Slave Savannah) is a renovated village sharing the history and traditions of Martinique.
- Habitation Clement – A historical landmark and one of the oldest plantations in the Caribbean. This site includes a house, gardens, and distillery.
- Explore Jardin de Balata – Designed by Jean-Philippe Thoze, Jardin de Balata is located about 6 miles from the capital Fort de France. A visit to Jardin de Balata is one of the #1 things to do in Martinique and contains more than 3000 variations of plants from around the world.
- Relax at the Beach – A visit to a Caribbean island wouldn’t be complete without a beach day. Les Salines Beach is most famous for its white sand and calm waters.
- Hike up Mount Pelée – The highest point of the island, Mount Pelée is an active volcano. The hike is said to be the best if you start early.
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling -Martinique has some of the best diving spots in the Caribbean. Renowned sites for scuba diving are Diamond Rock and Anse Dufour
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Is traveling to Martinique on your bucket list?