Martinique Island, Caribbean

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Martinique
Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, with an area of ​​1,128 square kilometers.
Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, which consists of a single overseas department. It is one of the Windward Islands, north of Saint Lucia, northwest of Barbados, and south of Dominica.
The old capital, Saint-Pierre, became world famous after the great volcanic eruption of 1902 on Mount Pelée. On November 29, 2007, there was an earthquake of 7.4 on the Richter scale, which was felt in Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Amapá. His most illustrious son was the first consort of Emperor Napoleon I, the Empress Josephine de Beauharnais.
Official language
French
Currency
Euro
Documentation
The documentation required to travel to Martinique varies by country of origin.
For citizens of the European Union, and some others, just have a valid passport or photo ID.
If you are from a country other than those listed above, the maximum stay in Jamaica is 90 days.
There are countries whose citizens are required to have a valid tourist visa to enter Martinique.
Citizens of those countries can also travel to Martinique if they have a residence permit or a long-stay visa issued by another EU country.
All citizens of all countries must be in possession of documents justifying the purpose and conditions of their stay, as well as sufficient financial resources for their stay during the period they intend to stay in Martinique.
The documents that are needed to present vary according to the reason for the trip.
Taking into account the various conditions necessary for entry into Martinique, it is suggested that you contact the French Embassy or Consulate in the country of residence of the visitor to check these requirements before starting your journey.
Tourism
The north of the island is covered by a lush forest which, because of its natural potential of pure and free air, is always inhabited. Activities such as cycling, horseback riding and hiking are the most frequent ones there.
To the south of the island lies a paradise of white sands and warm waters. For those who love to enjoy the summer, the beaches of this part of the Island are not to be missed. It is, without exaggeration, a perfect postcard image! Here are also outdoor sports, but all with more aquatic style, among them kite surfing, diving, jet skiing and canoeing.
Going a bit further through the atmosphere of Martinique you can see that, mirrored in its craftsmanship and its typical culture, there are irresistible gastronomic derivations, whose unique flavors are fruits of the deep variety of spices!
With regard to the tourist and hotel segment of Martinique, it is clear that the hotel options serve a varied public. This is due to its loyalty to diversity, with spaces ranging from more luxurious to more intimate environments. Still in this context, it is worth noting that Martinique is also a suitable place for meetings, events, seminars, conventions and executive conferences, especially incentives.
The cultural legacy of this island is perceived through popular expression, which reflects the passion and talent of the population.
When visiting Martinique, do not miss:
The aromas of the island: cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg.
The local music: zouk, biguine and mazurca. Let yourself be carried away by the rhythms of the island and enjoy its cultural diversity.
Gastronomy
The cuisine of Martinique is an attractive combination of French and Creole cuisine with a hint of African cuisine, this perfect blend of seasonings and aromas delight the palate. From simple Creole cuisine, at the beach restaurant, to the most sophisticated French cuisine in an elegant setting, or with the fusion of the two cuisines by the new generation of talented chefs, the gastronomy will surely whet your appetite as you discover your favorite new dishes. From Creole "accras" (a type of fry made with cod or seafood) to the French "foie gras", Martinique offers a unique approach to Caribbean cuisine in how to prepare seafood, oysters, pork, red meat, fruits and vegetables fresh. Combined with great French wines and champagnes, it is the paradise for those who enjoy a good meal!
Weather
The most common misconception about the West Indies is that it should be much warmer in the summer than during the rest of the year. In fact, average monthly temperatures remain remarkably stable, varying by only about 5 ° C throughout the year. This stability can be attributed to the Alísios winds that bring a refreshing breeze from the northeast throughout the year.
Summer is really a great time to visit the islands because the accommodation rates are much lower and the beaches, roads and restaurants are not crowded.
December to May is considered the dry season, while June to November is considered the wettest season. Sporadic rains with clear skies can occur anytime during the year. In general, rains pass quickly and the sun shines on most days. Average air temperatures in coastal areas vary from 22º to 30ºC (72º to 86ºF) and in the interior regions, from 19º to 27ºC (66º to 81ºF). Of course, travelers will find more rain and colder temperatures in the rainforests and higher altitudes. Hot coastal water temperatures stay between 20º and 23ºC (68º and 74ºF).
Hurricanes can occur anytime from June through November and, historically, the most likely time is in September. Modern technology puts storm warning systems increasingly sophisticated every year. It is not common for any island to be severely affected more than once or twice every 10 years and their real chances of experiencing a hurricane are very low. Some travelers purchased trip cancellation insurance prior to travel, especially during the most active period of the hurricane season.
Safety
Avoid isolated areas, including beaches, after dark. Do not use large amounts of money or jewelry. Use a safe for passport, credit cards and valuables.
Health
An increase in the number of Chikungunya virus cases has been reported. Measures should be taken to avoid mosquito bites.
Dengue is common in Martinique. This is a virus transmitted by a mosquito. Follow the advice of local authorities. If symptoms persist, consult a physician.
Health units, including emergency services in hospitals, and availability of doctors are very good and of a standard equivalent to those found in mainland France.
Telecommunications and Electricity
The use of mobile devices can be used if roaming is enabled, however, paying attention to very high roaming charges.

Internet
Martinique is well served by internet services, there are several cybers-cafes with high-speed connections.
In case you have a laptop or notebook, there are numerous cafes that offer the free wi-fi connection.

Electricity
The electricity is 220 Volt 50 Hz.
It is advisable to have an adapter kit for the sockets.

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