French Island - a Little Bit of France in the Caribbean

The queen of the Caribbean islands: as exotic and tropical as her sisters- lined by fantastic beaches and nestled in the turquoise blue sea - this all concerns the French Island, or Island Martinique. French Island is self sufficient, is truly ''a little bit of France in the Caribbean." It exudes a distinctly French ambiance in the excellence of its cuisine, the style of its population and the beauty of the Creole language. But, unfortunately, the beauty of the French Island is accessible only by sea or air only.

Of all of the islands though, the French island is the most majestic.  Distinguished manor houses in well-groomed plantations evoke the splendors of the past, boulevards lined with king palms and blooming trees do justice to the island's Indian name, translated like the island of flowers. And it is really so! No need to visit botanic gardens, just come to the French island and enjoy practically all kinds of flowers of the subtropical region.
French Island can be called the territory of wilderness. However, it is the lush vegetation of the French Island that takes your breath away- Hibiscus, frangipani, orchids and many others difficult to pronounce but extremely beautiful exotic hardwoods are found throughout the island.

Not even speaking about the abundance of fruits - rich fields of guava, mango and papaya as well as vast plantations of bananas, pineapple and coffee is an essential part of the French island landscape.  In the tropical rainforests of Martinique and green comes in thousand different shades.

 The most important thing, why people come to the French island is that Martinique with its' unspoiled coastline offers range of marvelous beaches. The island's southern beaches are predominantly white or golden sand in contrast to the northern volcanic sands which range from black to light grey.  On the French Island you can bask upon isolated, untouched beaches and not see another person for kilometers, take advantage of the developed beaches with their greater infrastructure and facilities or enjoy yourself in the sun.
 
The northern part of the French island features dense rain forest, mountain peaks and dark sand beaches while the southern areas are much drier and flatter with magnificent white sand beaches.

The capital city of Fort-de-France, built like an amphitheater around the yacht-filled harbor is one of the most memorable, picturesque settings in the Caribbean.  The French Island `s capital with just over 100,000 is a city of narrow balconied streets, busy and bustling by day, generally quiet by night. The number of hotels is just the same as common houses, so to find a shelter for the night or two is not a problem at all. Sit by warm fires in winter or enjoy the summer sunsets from your private verandah in charming fishing villages or commercial developments, tiny guest houses and large, upscale resorts. In plain words, something special for everyone.

The local culture of the French Island is diverse and well developed, so there is much to experience and celebrate on the island. Local artists exhibit in galleries throughout the island and some open their ateliers (workshops) to visitors.

More than a dozen museums, each with a distinct personality, offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to explore Martinique's history and heritage

Old rum distilleries and the finest of restaurants lure the gourmets.  Here, the past comes alive as it can nowhere else - with the old customs, bright traditional costumes, and the Creole way of life: refined and tended for centuries,  preserved and free from changes especially radical French Island is self sufficient, is truly ''a little bit of France in the Caribbean." It exudes a distinctly French ambiance in the excellence of its cuisine, the style of its population and the beauty of the Creole language.

But unfortunately, the beauty of the French Island is accessible only by sea or air only.

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