Experience the beauty of the Caribbean by booking a hotel in Martinique. There's an incredible variety of beaches to enjoy, from the perfect sheltered idyll of Anse Couleuvre to the distinctive black sand beaches of the north coast – you'll see why they're so iconic. You've got to visit Saint-Pierre, which became known the world over in 1902 when it was struck by one of the worst volcanic eruptions since Pompeii. Any visit to Martinique should also include at least one visit to one of the island's rum distillaries. Bottom's up!
Air France and KLM offer indirect flights to Martinique from a number of UK airports, including Manchester, London Heathrow, Birmingham and Glasgow International. You'll fly into Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport, which is situated close to the capital city of Fort-de-France.
When it comes to getting around in Martinique, it's important to bear in mind that public transport is rather limited on the island. Taxis are plentiful, and they use meters so you run less of a risk of being over-charged. However, if you take a cab after 8pm you may have to pay a hefty surcharge, making regular taxi travel in the evenings a rather expensive option. There are also "taxi collectifs", which operate essentially as buses and operate during the daytimes. The best thing to do is to hire a car in Martinique, as this will really give you the freedom to get around the island and take in all the many sights at your leisure.
As it's such a great holiday destination, there's a wide variety of hotels in Martinique to cater to demand. Don't worry, you can find cheaper deals, but only if you take the time to look around properly online and compare various packages. Remember also that the peak season lasts between December and May – there will be plenty of amenities and tourist attractions operating, but it will be far more expensive, and you certainly have to book well beforehand.
Why not visit during the off-peak period instead? Between around May and June you can take advantage of big discounts on accommodation rates, and you may find cheaper deals in restaurants and bars as well. The down side is many places may be closed, but you can enjoy quieter beaches too. When it comes to dining out during your holiday in Martinique, you'll be spoilt for choice – but ask locals for tips on where to find authentice Creole cuisine, which may be cheaper and will certainly give you a real taste of the island.
Updated 15th May 2013
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