Martinique: A Little Bit of France in the Caribbean
Martinique is an island with coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Virtually everyone on the island, which is a department of France, has mixed ancestry dating back to the 17th century, when France colonized the island, obliterated the native population and flooded it with African slaves forced to cultivate sugar. Martinique is central to Creole culture in the French Caribbean, and its residents keep alive traditions of art, music, cuisine and customs dating back centuries.
Martinique has a thriving tourist economy, and is a landing point for many cruise ships. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the island every year. Known as "a little bit of France in the Caribbean," Martinique is famous for its lavish, Paris-inspired hotels and resorts. The island is home to more than 6,000 hotel rooms. The island is known not only for its pristine beaches, but also its rugged mountains and interior plains.