Island Of The Week – Martinique
5 Top Attractions of Martinique
Located in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, Martinique or “Madinina” is one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles group.
Here are a 5 top attractions of Martinique welcomes you to make your Caribbean vacations unforgettable and enjoyable.
1. Balata Botanical Garden
Welcome to the garden where nature reigns as princess. Balata Botanical Gardens, the magical kingdom of flora and fauna designed by the famed horticulturist Jean-Philippe Thoze.
This is the place where hummingbirds tickles around your ears and at the same time, varieties of exotic flowers tranquilize your eyes and mind.
Featuring more than 3000 different kinds of tropical plants as well as tranquil ponds punctuated with lotus blossoms and water lilies, Jardin de Balata is Considered one of the best botanical gardens in the Caribbean.
An amazing route from the center of Fort-de-France, easily accessible by car, Jardin de Batala (Batala Garden) is one of the MUST GO Place of Martinique.
2. Les Salines
Situated on the island of Martinique, around 2 miles south of Sainte-Anne, Les Salines is perhaps one of the rare “quiet” beaches on Martinique. This is the place where you can deep dive into the self. Les Salines beach promises tourists to let no one come between you, the sun, the sea, and ultimate relaxation.
If you want to live this experience, try to visit during the weekdays because Les Salines can be crowded with families on the weekend. Behind the beach, you can also get lunch and drinks.
Perfectly maintained by the national forestry council, the area of Les Salines is truly a magnificent area to explore and discover for hiking and walking enthusiasts.
3. Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach, also known as Le Diamant is Martinique’s longest beach at over six miles long.
It is located at about 20 miles south of Fort-de-France and is accessible via car. It is also one of the dream islands for photographers because of its stunning sweep of sand and ocean.
Out in the distance, you can see the Diamond Rock which is famous for its gem-like shape and at certain hours of the day, the sides of the Rocks glitter. Diamond Rocks is also notable for events during the Napoleonic Wars.
4. Mont Pelee
Mount Pelee is named after the Hawaiian goddess of fire, Pele. It is stratovolcano, which means it explosively erupts ash and lava and is shaped like a cone.
Technically it is in a “quiet state,” means it’s not currently active, but still, Mount Pelée known as active volcano.
This region gained its place in history quite dramatically on the morning of May 8, 1902, when the eruption of Mount Pelée, one of the most lethal natural disasters of the 20th century, killed the 30,000 inhabitants of Saint-Pierre in a matter of only minutes.
But rest assured! The last eruption took place in 1929, and underground activity is continuously monitored by the Morne des Cadets observatory, which houses one of the largest seismographs in the world.
Nowadays, it becomes one of the favorites place for hikers.
5. Martinique’s tempting cuisine
Martinique’s cuisine is the blend of France’s highly refined tastes with African and Creole cultures, making this island one of the best places to eat in the world.
The Martinique’s cuisine often reflects the complex history and colorful cultural heritage of the island.
Apart from The National Dish of Martinique, “Colombo” there are so many local foods you must try like Pâtés Créoles, Mont-Blanc cake, Boudin, Chatrou, Lambis, Dorade grilée, etc.
More places to visit : Anse Cafard Slave Memorial, Fort de France, the peninsula of Caravelle, Le Carbet, Saint-Pierre, Gorges de la Falaise, Schoelcher Library, Habitation Clément