Martinique

To the Arawak, Martinique was their treasured "isle of flowers." Lying in the Lesser Antilles between Dominica and St. Lucia, the island is a tropical paradise of dense rain forest, rolling savanna and stunning beaches. The rich volcanic soil nourishes banana plantations and pineapple fields as well as mangoes, papayas, lemons, limes, and West Indian cherries. Little wonder that Columbus praised Martinique as the "best, most fertile, most delightful, and most charming land in the world." Martinique's cultural heritage is as rich and bountiful as its soil. The island has been governed by France for over three centuries. Today an overseas department of France, the island boasts a culture that is a unique and zesty blend of French, Caribbean, African and Middle Eastern influences, resulting in that spicy combination called Créole. Créole culture is reflected in Martinique's architecture, cuisine, language, and music. For years the mayor of Fort-de-France was the internationally acclaimed Créole poet Aimé Césaire. Five centuries after Columbus made his landfall, Martinique remains a rare flower in the Caribbean.

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Points of Interest

  • Church of Balata
  • St. Pierre
  • Rum Distillery
  • Fort-de-France
  • Banana Plantation
  • Balata Botanical Garden
  • Underwater Exploration

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  • Church of Balata

    The impressive model of Paris' Sacré-Coeur Basilica is a beautiful vision rising above the lush green hills of the suburb of Balata.

  • St. Pierre

    This French municipality was destroyed by Mt. Pelée's eruption in 1902. Today, it is a tourist destination in the north district of Martinique, and has been designated the "city of art and history."

  • Rum Distillery

    Taste some of the best rums in the world on the island of Martinique. Many have been bestowed with the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) award.

  • Fort-de-France

    Located on the west coast of the island, this capital city has one of the largest populations in the Caribbean and remains a part of France as an overseas department.

  • Banana Plantation

    Martinique's soil is rich and fertile. This combined with the tropical climate makes for excellent fruit-growing conditions, the banana being one of the island's most important crops.

  • Balata Botanical Garden

    Stroll through lush, tropical landscapes surrounded by exotic flora, such as anthurium, bird of paradise, heliconia, hibiscus, orchids and more.

  • Underwater Exploration

    Enjoy the brilliant sea gardens, coral reefs and colorful marine life while snorkeling.

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Best of Martinique: St. Pierre & Rum Distillery

4 hours | Martinique | F D F - 1 0 0
  • Church of Balata
  • Fort-de-France
  • St. Pierre
  • Rum Distillery

Toast to your good fortune when you explore charming Martinique on this half-day excursion, which includes a tour and tasting at a renowned local rum distillery. Enjoy photo stops at such landmarks as the Church of Balata, and tour the village of Saint-Pierre, previously destroyed in a volcanic eruption.

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Easy Martinique Panoramic Drive

2.5 hours | Martinique | F D F - 1 2 0
  • Church of Balata
  • St. Pierre

Depart from Fort-de-France via the coastal road to St Pierre. Once the capital of Martinique, this city is a museum of ruined houses, monuments, buildings and businesses destroyed by Mt Pelée's volcanic eruption in 1902.

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Authentic Martinique by Cabrio Bus

4.25 hours | Martinique | F D F - 1 3 0
  • Church of Balata
  • Rum Distillery

An open-air bus is the perfect way to discover the sights and sounds of Martinique's northern portion of the island. Drive along the rainforest road to photograph the Alma River and to enjoy the Gendarme waterfall. Visit charming St. Pierre on a guided tour, stop at the Neisson Distillery and take pictures at the Church of Balata.

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Discovering Creole Martinique

7 hours | Martinique | F D F - 2 0 0
  • St. Pierre
  • Rum Distillery

You will leave Fort-de-France for Ste Marie, named after the Blessed Virgin Mary who protects the city, situated on the east coast of the island where the famous St James Rum Distillery is.

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Balata Botanical Garden

3 hours | Martinique | F D F - 2 2 0
  • Church of Balata
  • Balata Botanical Garden

Stroll the grounds of the stunning Balata Botanical Garden, one of the finest in the Caribbean. Over 3,000 varieties of flora and picturesque ponds and bridges make it a nature photographer's dream. You'll also visit the historic Church of Balata and travel scenic roads on this pleasant half-day tour.

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Histories Plantation & Botanical Garden

4.5 hours | Martinique | F D F - 2 2 5
  • Church of Balata
  • Banana Plantation
  • Balata Botanical Garden

You will head east passing nearby the Lamentin town, one of the largest of the Island where are the main economic industrial and trading activities and also the only international Airport. Going via nice and clean sightseeing inland roads, you will visit an exceptional well maintained major Plantation House where Presidents of France and of United States (Bush and Mitterand) met in 1991.

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Local Connections: Belfort Plantation House & Clement Rum Tasting with Cultural Expert

4.25 hours | Martinique | F D F - 2 7 0
  • Rum Distillery
  • Banana Plantation

Nature's bounty is on full display on this scenic half-day tour that celebrates Martinique's exceptional beauty. Ride a tram through L'Habitation Belfort, a lush banana plantation, and visit Clement Plantation House, a showcase for historic Creole architecture, spectacular gardens and a rum distillery where you can enjoy a rum tasting.

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Martinique 4X4 Adventure

4 hours | Martinique | F D F - 3 4 0
  • Banana Plantation
  • Fort-de-France

Explore the heart of the island on a 4-wheel-drive adventure that travels the backcountry on this half-day excursion. Go deep into the rainforest to reach your destination at a tranquil river.

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Walking Tour of Fort-de-France

1.5 hours | Martinique | F D F - 3 8 0
  • Fort-de-France

Take a guided walking tour of Martinique's capital. Stroll through its colorful streets, take in the lovely architectural features and visit La Savane, a peaceful park in the heart of the city. It's the only way to see the real Fort de France.

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Catamaran Cruise, Grand Anse Beach & Swim

3.5 hours | Martinique | F D F - 6 1 0
  • Fort-de-France
  • Underwater Exploration

Discover underwater wonders and the breathtaking coastline of Martinique aboard a catamaran. Your vessel is equipped with a submarine scope affording spectacular views of turtles and marine life. Cross Flemish Bay and photograph the famous Bat Cave. Swim at Grand Anse Beach and enjoy refreshments and music as you cruise.

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Two-Site Snorkeling Adventure

3 hours | Martinique | F D F - 8 2 0
  • Fort-de-France

A special snorkel boat visits two of the island's top sites. Anchor off Anse Dufour Beach for snorkeling on the reef and then explore the famed Bat Cave from underwater.

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