What you need to know before traveling to Martinique

The lush island of Martinique comes alive with jade vines, flame red flowers, hibiscus plants, banana plantations and scores of trees bearing ripening fruit. This beautiful Caribbean extension of France consists of 4 districts of 45 cantons. The biggest of the Windward Islands, it is a paradise for travelers. Enjoy French cuisine, Parisian dress and French manners Island style. Plan your vacation agenda to include La Pagerie, the museum dedicated to Josephine Bonaparte. The island was her home.

If this reminder of Imperial France does not interest you, why not aim to stay in Martinique near the capital city of Fort de France. Here, you can visit the historic fort of St.Louis, wander the lively street market, or simply relax on a bench in the 12.5 acre La Savane Park. Cultural enthusiasts will enjoy meandering round the Museum of Regional History and Ethnography, set in an 1888 residence. After a day or two, plan a trip to the Balata church or the Jardin de Balata. You might prefer the pineapple fields near Ajoupa-Bouiollon or the Saut Babin Waterfall. If you have children, give them a day at Aqualand. This is an American-style water park. With super slaloms and super-duper water slides, your children, and you, will have a watery blast.

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