Known as Madinina, or Island of Flowers, Martinique is a little bit of France in the Caribbean. Renowned for its scenic beauty, the island is home to countless varieties of plants, trees and flowers, including nearly 100 species of orchids. The irregular coastline, with its many bays and intimate coves, provides miles of sandy beaches.
Jardin De Balata
One of the most beautiful spots on the island, the Jardin de Balata is a botanical garden in a rain forest setting. As you wander the paths that lace through the setting, enjoy the many species of tropical trees and flowers, including ginger, heliconia, anthuriums and bromeliads.
Capital and seaport of the island, this largest city on Martinique is decidedly French -- Parisian style bistros serving Creole patisserie, airy markets selling fresh fish and vegetables, and boutiques promoting the latest fashions and French perfumes.
La Savane Gardens
Around the bay of Fort-de-France are the huge organs at La Cathedrale Saint Louis, and the public gardens of La Savane, featuring a statue of Napoleon's empress, Josephine, the most famous person born on Martinique.
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