Martinique is a French island in the Lesser Antilles, towards the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea. Nestled between Barbados and St Lucia, the 1,128-square-km Windward Island has a remarkable mix of history, culture and, of course, idyllic white-sand beaches. For a bit of variety, you can head towards the northern end of Martinique and find black-sand beaches in the shadow of the active volcano that created them – Mont Pelée. 

    Parts of the island give you a distinctive Pirates of the Caribbean vibe while others feel like a very warm arrondissement of Paris. The capital – Fort-de-France – is undoubtedly the hub of the destination while the smaller settlements around the rest of the island tend to have a relatively sleepy atmosphere. Les Trois-Îlets features some of the best facilities for travellers and is home to some of the best beaches, but you should check out our guides to find other hot spots to consider for your next visit to Martinique. 

    What to see & do in Martinique

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    Things to do in Martinique open up a stunning volcanic island with diverse landscapes and a cosmopolitan, sophisticated culture with world-class beaches, shopping, dining, excitement, and history. You can relax on palm-lined beaches at places line Grande Anse des Salines, walk a rainforest botanical garden at Jardin de Balata, or visit Fort St-Louis, a massive 17th-century fort. Kids will love the Zoo de Martinique, and everyone... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Martinique

    Food and dining in Martinique will take you through a wild culinary journey to satisfy the most demanding foodie, from upscale fine dining to food trucks and open-air markets. You'll enjoy traditional French cuisine like cheeses, baguettes, and the finest wines around. You'll also taste sustainable farm-to-table dishes prepared by world-renowned chefs or available at places like Cover Market. The streets are dotted with quaint, picturesque... Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Martinique

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Martinique

      This guide to the best places to go shopping in Martinique will help you discover some of the island’s quintessential retail experiences. With a mix of modern malls and local markets, you can find plenty of goods for sale, including the latest fashion, local handicrafts, and fresh food. Many of the Caribbean island’s shopping highlights are located in Fort-de...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Martinique

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Martinique

      The best things to do after dinner in Martinique make good use of the island’s laidback vibe. The tropical island has earned fame as the 'rum capital of the world', and most evenings include delicious alcoholic drinks. Part of the French Caribbean, Martinique offers a colourful atmosphere at all sorts of venues. Visitors can kick off the festivities by watching...

    Useful information

    • Martinique Travel Essentials

      Our Martinique Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help you plan your trip to one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport to my hotel? What currency and type...

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