By Chris Flagler
Martinique
Martinique
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Back in 1493 a man by the name of Christopher Columbus sailed by an island in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. The island was so lush with tropical beauty that he called it the Madinina, or œIsland of Flowers. The name Madinina would eventually be shaped by time to be known as Martinique. The inspiration for the island™s name is immediately evident upon arrival to its lush beauty. The island of Martinique has long been a travel destination for wealthy French citizens and in recent years has become more accessible to tourists all over the world..

Getting to the Island of Martinique is generally done by air, however many cruises and water-based options exist. Air traffic comes to Martinique by way of the Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) in the city of Le Lamentin, which is a close suburb of the capital Fort-de-France. You can search for low pricing on flights with EscapeWizard.com by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Just about every popular destination is also reachable by water and with such a developed tourism infrastructure; visitors will have no trouble finding ferry accommodations. There are many places to stay on Martinique, and EscapeWizard.com can assist with finding your hotel by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

The available activities vary from place to place. A commonality does exist among activities in that there are usually both ˜Blue™ and ˜Green™ activities available as designated by the tourism board. Blue activities focus on the wonderful beaches and surrounding ocean, where Green activities refer to those that take place in the lush wilds of the interior of Martinique. Water based activities are available at the major tourism destinations and typically include such things as snorkeling, fishing, surfing and windsurfing, and boating. Green activities that are available on the island are plentiful, with popular choices being tours of Martiniques twelve operational rum distilleries, historical tours of the islands historical sites, zip-line tours of the jungle, and gorgeous hikes of the island™s eight active volcanic sites.

Although travelers can find something worthwhile all over the island, the most common destinations on Martinique are: Fort-de-France, St. Pierre, Trois Ilets, La Trinite, Les Salines, Riviére Saliée, and Le Vauclin. Most of the best beaches on Martinique lay in the south, and as rentable accommodations are sparse, usually must be driven to. Widely regarded as the most tourist-oriented part of the island, Trois Ilets features numerous restaurants and attractions.
 
The most popular hotel accommodations on Martinique is The Club Med Resort, which can be found in the town of Les Boucaniers just below Fort-de-France. Hotel accommodations in general are not as plentiful as many Americans might expect on the Island, as the French are more oriented to renting apartments and other more personal accommodations.

The covered markets and many French bakeries of Fort-de-France make it a popular tourism destination, it is still an active military base and the imposing fort is a visible part of the city. The Balata Botanical Gardens are a beautiful sight to see also while in Fort-de-France. Once you get out of the city you will see the that Martinique, like many of the Caribbean Islands, has a strong cultural connection to rum, and throughout your stay you will see sights of the many sugar cane fields, and banana plantations that sustain the island™s many rum distilleries.

The town of St. Pierre was the capital of Martinique until two volcanic eruptions in 1902 decimated the city. The Bay of St. Pierre is a popular destination, as are the ruins of the old capital. Should you yearn for the ideal Caribbean beach setting, the Beach at Les Salines will not disappoint. Many of the comforts of home can also be found on Martinique; Trois Ilets features an eighteen-hole golf course for those wanting to add bragging rights to their golfing credentials.

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