Situated in the Lesser Antilles in the heart of the stunning Caribbean, the rugged volcanic island of Martinique boasts awe-inspiring and diverse landscapes and a rich culture, which reflects a distinctive blend of French and West Indian influences. The terrain features forested mountains, sparkling bays and vast stretches of pristine beaches lapped by crystalline turquoise waters. This cosmopolitan island is known for its fascinating cultural heritage, breathtaking hiking trails, mouthwatering cuisine and offers visitors a wide range of wonderful adventure activities. Visitors can explore the bustling capital city of Fort-de-France, discover the island's numerous scattered ruins and historical monuments and sample the locally made rum- Martinique is called the 'Rum Capital of the World' for a reason. Other popular activities include: canyoning, hiking, horse riding, kitesurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and diving.
The French Overseas Department of Martinique, a volcanic and picturesque island, is the northernmost of the Windward Caribbean group. The island is noticeably more rocky than those of the Leeward group, with beaches (of fine black or white or peppered sand) surrounded by sugar, palm, banana and pineapple plantations.
Martinique experiences a temperate climate with warm weather throughout the year. The main rainy season occurs in the autumn. Showers can occur at other times of the year, but they are usually brief. It is cooler towards the interior in the upland areas.