Martinique is perhaps the most European of all Caribbean islands. Vacationers to Martinique will enjoy similar food, lodging accommodations, and shopping as would be found in a luxurious European city such as Paris. However, they will do so in the beauty of the Caribbean.
For those intrigued by unique cultures, a combination of French and Creole culture is found on Martinique, influencing food, music, and cultural festivals. Martinique’s cultural experience will take tourists back to a previous era.
Nature enthusiasts will find a variety of unique environments to enjoy on Martinique. World renowned vistas, green landscapes, and large quantities of fresh water can be found on the island.
Since the island was once a volcano, there are still active volcanoes remaining on the island. In fact, in the early 1900’s the city of St. Pierre was destroyed by an erupting volcano. Tourists can hike around the volcano to observe the natural beauty or visit the flower gardens.
On the southern portion of Martinique, world class beaches and ideal sea for diving can be found. Historic fishing villas line the shore, maintaining their traditions. There are a variety of water recreation options for people visiting this region.
Martinique is a great place to relax and forget about the stresses of daily life. Besides the mountainous regions, it is not difficult to travel to different parts of Martinique. Plus, there is not a limit of things to do on the island. Visitors can spend their day surfing, and spend the evening in one of the cosmopolitan cities.
As mentioned, Martinique is a great place to scuba dive. Partly because of the ideal water temperatures, usually remaining in the 80’s (Fahrenheit), and partly because of the calm seas and variety of color visible in the water. There are numerous coral reefs, colorful tropical fish, and other water life to observe during a dive. Divers can also explore the ruins of shipwrecks in the sea depths.
Art lovers will have to spend time at St. Pierre, the art capital of the island.
Before diving, one must obtain or show a medical certificate. Training for these certificates can be obtained at most hotels.