A continuation of our trip to the Caribbean, this piece of French paradise in the heart of the Caribbean!
Let’s go to Martinique! The last time we went to the Caribbean in Guadeloupe more precisely. We have made you discover the many facets of the island, its activities, its natural resources, its wild beauty. We have tried to explain why the archipelago is so much appreciated. [Read the article on the Caribbean: Guadeloupe]
Today we continue our journey through Martinique and share the wonders of the second largest island of the West Indies.
Martinique is the island of Flowers
Its nickname “Island of Flowers” reflects well the diversity of its landscapes and its many species that proliferate throughout the island.
Located 7000 km from our coast, Martinique is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean which carves a wild coast, very spectacular rock and to the West by the Caribbean Sea which runs along a succession of coves and beaches Of heavenly sand.
From North to South, the island is also very different. In the North the mountainous terrain and the lush vegetation, the Pelee Mountain and several pitons are near the 1400 meters of altitude, the beaches are volcanic and in the earth one plunges in the heart of a tropical forest and banana plantations. In the south the landscapes are more arid and made up of hills which can reach 500 meters of altitude, the beaches are superb with clear waters and white sand.
What is there to discover in Martinique?
Martinique is of course its wide variety of landscapes, its white sandy beaches and coconut trees, its mountains to the north and their luxuriant vegetation; But Martinique is also an atmosphere, a rich and diversified culture, a biodiversity in terms of terrestrial and aquatic fauna and flora.
To better understand its diversity, we will divide it into three territories:
The Great South
To enjoy the sea, the beach, the diving and the nautical recreation it is in the Great South that one must go. At the Trois Ilets active seaside resort, at the Diamant which owes its name to the rock which sets itself offshore, in Saint Luce, Which make it a true postcard landscape, or at the marina, where most cruise catamarans leave. In the great South you find the Atlantic coast with its Ilets and its white bottoms.
The coast offers exceptional views and must-see sites. There are many walks like the ascent to Mount Pelée where the panoramic view is exceptional in clear weather, or even coastal hikes from coves in handles, discovering the forest and its many species of birds. Saint Peter the former capital, is called Little Paris of the West Indies. The city was completely destroyed in 1902 during the eruption of Mountain Pelee.
The Atlantic coast, the wild and carved coastline, bordered by black sandy beaches and high cliffs that provide magnificent views of the rough ocean. This part of the island contains interesting sites such as the pre-Columbian archaeological site in Lorrain. Or the peninsula of the Caravelle where several paths allow to discover this advance of earth in the ocean.
A truly varied fauna and flora?
In Martinique there are more than 200 species of birds, including 1 endemic and 4 globally threatened. They are generally seen in dry or wet forests, but also at the seaside and during walks in the Mangrove.
Martinique is well named as the island of flowers, it is a true paradise of lovers of nature, plants and flowers. You can observe them during walks in their natural environment or during visits of botanical gardens like that of Balata or even of the Umbrages.
As for the underwater life, experienced diver or simply equipped with mask and snorkel, the exuberant life of the bottoms of the Caribbean Sea awaits you!
A Delicious Vacation As Well
Let the Epicureans reassure themselves; in Martinique we regale!
The Creole cuisine of the Caribbean is tasty, fragrant, rich, inventive. Everyone knows at least one of the famous accolades of cod, for example, or the colombo of chicken, prawns. Mainly based on seafood, Caribbean dishes have the common feature of often macerating meat and fish in a seasoning (often based on Caribbean peppers) to improve the taste.
In Martinique there is an impressive variety of fruits and vegetables, some very well-known like mango, papaya, sweet potato, avocado, others somewhat less like the apple cinnamon, fruit of the sulphur Of the citrus family with a pink pulp, the combo that is mixed in salad, breadfruit, fruit rich in use: gratin, puree, donut, fried … and many Other than we can list so many there are!
Spices and herbs are not to be outdone, since Creole cooking is born from a crossbreeding of different cultures. Spices such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, colombo, nutmeg, Indian wood and many others flavor delicious dishes.