Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
at Fort-de-France can prove something of a disappointment.
Don’t let the dreariness of the commercial port area
discourage you; Martinique is a beautiful and bountiful island.
Tropical flowers, pineapple, and coconut palms flourish amid
fruit trees filled with breadfruit, mangoes, avocados, bananas, and
is a French island—very French—and that language is
spoken almost exclusively. Even
if the person you’re addressing speaks English, you can’t count
on being understood.
around on your own isn’t simple. The
walk into town is hot, dirty, and smelly.
A taxi ride is an expensive 15 Euros or so.
Negotiate the fare before you get in and, yes, be prepared to
pay in Euro.
the language barrier and high cost of taxis, the best way to see
Martinique is by ship’s tour. Most
offer an excursion to The Pompeii of Martinique, which was actually
St-Pierre. Once the cultural
and economic center of the island, it was destroyed in 1902 when the
volcano Pelée exploded in a fiery eruption killing 30,000 people.
its French heritage, luxury items from France are the most widely
sought bargains. Rue Victor
Hugo is the main shopping street in Fort-de-France and is where
you’ll find Roger Albert, with one of the largest selections of
French and American perfumes in the Caribbean.
While prices appear low on luxury goods, there is an addition
of value added tax that nearly negates any savings.
of Fort-de-France the beaches are white sand and to the north of the
city they are mostly gray volcanic sand.
Your best bets are the clean white beaches of Pointe du Bout
near the major resorts where you can usually use the facilities for
a fee. It should be no
surprise that topless sunbathing is practiced on many beaches and
even around hotel swimming pools.
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