Martinique – Place where Napoleon Bonaparte wife was born

Martinique is a rugged Caribbean island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles. An overseas region of France, its culture reflects a distinctive blend of French and West Indian influences. Its largest town, Fort-de-France, features steep hills, narrow streets and La Savane, a garden bordered by shops and cafes. In the garden is a statue of island native Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Things to do on Martinique

High on a hill in southwest Martinique are 20 white stone effigies, silently facing Diamond Beach and the Caribbean Sea. They commemorate an 1830 catastrophe when a slave ship failed to properly anchor in Anse Cafard and careened into Martinique’s Diamond Rock Mountain.  Killing many of the passengers and sailors as well as the slaves who were chained to the cargo hold. The chilling statues at this memorial are a popular stop and photo op for many, and although the monument has suffered some wear and tear, you too won’t be disappointed with the overall effect.

Recent visitors say the simple memorial is quite sobering, with one calling it simultaneously “humbling and beautiful.” Others appreciated that there are signs posted in both French and English at the site that explain the significance of the memorial.

You can visit the Anse Cafard Slave Memorial at all hours of the day, any day of the week. Because of the memorial’s proximity to Diamond Beach, visitors suggest that you stop here on your way to or from the beach to save on taxi fare.

A mosaic of verdant lawns and flower meadows, multi-colored begonia beds and orange heliconias, of lanky bamboo groves and gem-like bromeliads, swaying palm forests and flourishing ferns, the Jardin de Balata remains one of the most enticing and interesting attractions on all of Martinique.

Housed just on the edge of Fort-de-France, it’s the perfect escape from the cruise ships and bustling harbors of the city.

Visitors can wander the swinging rope bridges and winding paths, spot cuckoos and warblers in the canopies and gawp at the great clusters of bananas that hide between the boughs.

This extraordinary looking 176m-high volcanic islet that’s just 1½km offshore from the village of Le Diamant is a very popular dive site, with interesting cave formations but tricky water conditions. Various companies also organise boat excursions that take in the islet – don’t miss your chance to get close to this natural wonder.

Clutching the windward ridges of Mount Pelee, and around a mile’s walk from the off-the-beaten-track commune of L’Ajoupa-Bouillon, the rugged Gorges de la Falaise offer a chance for more intrepid travelers to sample the wilds of Martinique.

The spot hides a series of gushing waterfalls and narrow gorges that are perfect for swimming and river walking.

But it’s the hike there that’s the real draw, leading travelers over moss-clad boulders and lichen-studded protrusions, through dense groves of forest, and between blooms of palms and ferns where hummingbirds whiz overhead.

Families can’t stay away from Les Salines beach in the village of Ste-Anne for several reasons. One, the clear waters here are calm enough for children to play freely. Two, there are plenty of food vendors walking the sand hawking tasty Martinique treats. Three, there are restrooms and accessible showers to rinse your little ones off before making the trip back to the hotel. Four, Les Salines is absolutely breathtaking, with miles of palm trees and glistening sand. If you want to witness all Les Salines has to offer without the little kiddies around, visit the beach during the week or later in the afternoon when the crowds have mostly gone home.

Recent visitors also recommended indulging in the coco ice cream that is sold on the beach. Keep in mind that because the beach gets very crowded on the weekends and parking is at a premium, you should plan an early visit. You can also take a cab (prices fluctate); the closest town to Les Salines is Ste-Anne, about 1.5 miles away from the

shore.

In the capital city For-e – France you can enjoy in the colonial look, some historical places like fortress and museums. Also capital city is very you can enjoy in bit more busy night life or dining in a fine restaurant.

This longstanding favorite is the best place in northern Martinique to try out authentic Creole food. The house specialty is the seafood grill (€45), which includes half a lobster, conch and shrimp, or – for the same price – a stew of the same creatures.

Accommodation is Martinique is easy to find cause there is plenty of hotels , resorts and guest houses. There is accommodation for every budget and person.

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