Martinique

Martinique Overview

Martinique is a French island in the West Indies. The oval-shaped island covers 425 square miles. Martinique has many volcanic mountains. The highest and most famous of these is Mount Pelee, which rises 4,583 feet. This volcano suddenly erupted in 1902 and destroyed the city of St. Pierre.

Set below the rain forests and well away from the sleeping volcano of Montagne Pelée, Fort-de-France is not a large town, but it is the hub of life in Martinique.

The real charm lies beyond the towns and ports, lovely though they are, in the lush rain forests of the north and the long sweeps of white sand beaches in the south.

CLIMATE

Martinique’s location in the centre of the Caribbean’s eastern archipelago means the temperature varies usually no more than a few degrees all year round. Wintertime lows can reach down to 75 °F, while summertime highs usually climb no higher than 85 °F.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Fort-de-France
POPULATION: 400,000
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: Euro
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: MQ
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +596
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC – 4