Aug 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Find a Little Bit of France in the Caribbean

Martinique is a French island in the eastern Caribbean Sea.   The island is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and its beauty is matched by the richness of its history. As part of France, Martinique is part of the European Union, and its currency is the Euro. Its official language is French, although many of its inhabitants also speak Antillean Creole (Créole Martiniquais). Martinique is truly a “little bit of France”, an enticing destination for senior travelers.

The island is dominated by Mount Pelee, which on 8 May 1902 erupted and completely destroyed the city of Saint Pierre, killing 30,000 inhabitants. In the south of the island, there are many beautiful beaches,  and in the north, the rain forests and the black sand beaches are worth seeing. The interior of the island is mountainous.

Seniors Charmed by the “Island of Flowers”

The island retains both French and Caribbean culture. The island cuisine is a superb blend of French and Creole cooking that is worth trying.  Ile aux Fleurs (“Island of Flowers”) is one of the island’s unofficial nicknames; the other, invoking its magical charm, is Pays des Revenants (“Land to Which One Returns”).

Located in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago,  Martinique is one of the windward islands in the Lesser Antilles group. Its eastern coastline borders the Atlantic Ocean while its western coast is flanked by the Caribbean Sea. Martinique has a very rich culture. The island has been marked by multiple influences and cultural mixing; its eventful past is evidenced by its architecture, historic monuments and museums. Do you enjoy dancing?  Try keeping up with these ladies.

Throughout the year, there are many events where one can participate in vibrant traditions and experience the warmth, creativity and hospitality of the local people. All in all, if you wish to avoid tourist masses but still take advantage of a pleasant temperature, it is advised that you to visit the island in May and June, as the climate in this period of the year is rather dry with an acceptable level of humidity, and tariffs are still quite on the low side.

Fort-de-France, with more than 100,000 residents, is the only significant metropolitan center on the island. The city is picturesque, the architecture is colorful, and the effects of the tropics tend to explain, and even soften, the rather shabby aspect of much of the town. Bon voyage!  jeb

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