Martinique is a French island located in the Lesser Antilles archipelago. Its fauna and flora, both land and marine, are extremely diverse. If you have always dreamed of seeing a volcano with your own eyes, Mount Pelée will amaze you for sure. Although it last erupted in 1932, this 300,000-year-old volcano is still active. Martinique is a Caribbean destination still unknown to many Canadian tourists but definitely worth exploring.
Martinique is known for its numerous rum distilleries. There are seven smoking distilleries still in service on the island, three of which age rum in barrels and others which have been transformed into tourist sites. Fine connoisseurs will appreciate the oldest distilleries of the island, the Saint-James and Depaz Distilleries. It wouldn't be surprising if your friends ask you to bring them back some souvenirs...
Martinique has nearly 2,700 different species of flowers. The best place to admire them is undoubtedly the Balata Gardens north of Fort-de-France. Don't miss it!
This island of the West Indies is bathed by both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The water is therefore in some places turquoise and translucent while in others it is dark sea blue. As for the sand, there are more than 200 different shades in Martinique. Beaches of Martinique have something to please everyone!
If you are a hiking and outdoor fan, you will love walking along the East Coast. A path from Grand’Rivière to Anse Couleuvre Cove offers hikers 18 km of fun in the forest. Don't make too much noise as you could even observe several species of wild animals and birds. However, watch where you step... you don't want to walk on a snake!
Nicknamed the pearl of the West Indies, Saint-Pierre is a city not to be missed. The French commune was founded in 1635, making it the oldest town on the island. In the early 1900s, a volcanic eruption devastated it, leaving several impressive ruins. Saint-Pierre's fame among tourists results in part from this tragic event.
The country's official currency is the Euro (EUR). Before your departure, keep an eye on the exchange rate and exchange your currencies at the most convenient time with your banking institution or an exchange office.
Electrical outlets used in Martinique are not the same as in Canada: voltage is 220V and frequency is 50Hz. You will need a converter if your devices do not mention INPUT: 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz.
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