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Martinique is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, an overseas department of France located north of St. Lucia, northwest of Barbados, and south of Dominica. The island has a total land area of 1,128 square kilometers. Martinique is volcanic in origin, and offers many spectacular views and beautiful beaches. The capital is Fort-de-France, Martinique's busy commercial center and the largest city in the French West Indies.

What to see & do

Balata Botanical Gardens - Jardin de Balata is a 3-hectare private botanical garden situated on the Route de Balata. Visitors can explore the garden, which has roughly 3,000 varieties of tropical plants and flowers from all over the world, ponds with water lilies and lotus blossoms, and picturesque views of the Pitons du Carbet, for a fee.

Musée de la Pagerie - La Pagerie Museum is a stone building that was once the kitchen of the former sugar estate of the family of Marie Joseph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, future Empress Josephine. The museum contains Josephine's childhood bed and even the handwritten love letters to Josephine from Napoleon.

Les Salines - Les Salines is one of the popular beaches in Martinique, offering a long strip of soft, golden sand, tranquil waters, and relaxing views. The beach is so popular that it tends to be crowded during the weekends, so it would be better to visit during the week. There are shower areas available, as well as food vans near the center and snack bars further south of the beach.

Cathédrale St-Louis - The St. Louis Cathedral, or Cathédrale St-Louis, is a late 19th-century Romanesque Revival church located in the downtown area of Fort-de-France. It serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fort-de-France. The most noted feature of the interior is the 'grand organ' as well as its stained glass windows and a crypt under the choir loft that contains the tombs of several previous governors of the island.

How to get around Martinique

There are more cars per person registered in Martinique than anywhere in France, which is probably because public transport is quite limited. The most convenient way of getting around, despite the traffic, is to rent a car. This is especially advisable if you intend to stay in Martinique long and want to discover the beautiful landscapes and sceneries that the island has to offer. The driving laws are the same as in France. All you need is your driving license from your home country, and you're free to explore the island.

If you insist on taking the local transportation, you have three options: buses, shuttle boats, and hitchhiking. Most of the bus service in Martinique is provided by minibuses marked 'TC' or 'Taxi Collectifs', and the routes or destinations are marked on the front window or the side door of the vehicle. There is no set schedule for minibuses, except that there are no services on Sundays. Shuttle boats run every 30 minutes from Pointe du Bout and Trois Ilet to Fort-de-France. Hitchhiking is also a very common practice for travelling, although as in other countries, imposes some safety risks.

How to get there

The way to get to the island is through the Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport, located in Le Lamentin, a suburb in the capital. The airport is served by Air Antilles Express, Air Canada, Air Caraïbes, Air France, Air Transat, American Airlines, Corsair International, Cubana de Aviación, LITA, Miami Air International Seaborne Airlines, and XL Airways France, and these airlines operate between Martinique and Paris, Montreal, Miami, Havana, Barbados, Saint Lucia, San Juan, Saint Martin, Cayenne, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Caucedo, Castries, and Port-au-Prince.

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