Discover Martinique

Tourist sites

Martinique beaches

Surrounded by coconut trees or wild vegetation, the sun-drenched beaches of Martinique are among the world’s most beautiful ones. If you are looking for a place to stay in the area, choose one of the Karibea hotels and enjoy and an endless, turquoise-blue sea lined with beaches of powdery sand, which you will discover time and time again.

Green tourism

Green tourism is a booming industry in Martinique. Featuring several exceptional tourist sites like Diamond Rock, Cul-de-Sac de Marin or Saline de Grande Anse beaches, the island, with the dazzling green, lush vegetation of Mount Pelée and the picturesque Carbet Mountains, will win your heart over. Not to mention its many gardens, home to a variety of rare, exotic plants…

Some more spots to discover:

Having lived under colonial rule, Martinique holds number of architectural gems like Habitation Céron, Saint-Louis Fort or Dubus Castle. With the rum-making tradition going back centuries, it features many rum distilleries like St James, Depaz and many others, all worth a visit. You may also want to have a look at Leyritz Plantation, with its amazingly rich fauna and flora.

Gastronomy

Creole cuisine

Having both a wealth of seafood and creative cooking spirit, locals could only invent an exceptional cuisine. Try some mouth-watering cod and vegetable fritters, sample Colombo, served as dipping sauce for different kinds of meat, or quench your thirst with a delicious Ti-Punch. A true melting pot of influences, Creole cuisine blends French, Indian and African culinary traditions. Rich and sophisticated, it will delight your palate just like the surrounding landscapes will delight your eyes…

Fauna and flora

Terrestrial fauna

Lots of fauna species living in Martinique are in danger of disappearing, which is why their habitat is highly protected. In a paradise-like natural setting, you will encounter amazing marsupials and various birds, such as partridges, wood pigeons, thrushes and hummingbirds.

Aquatic fauna

The Caribbean Sea features a variety of marine life. Coral reefs are home to yellow-black damselfishes, blue-purple surgeon fishes, red and pink cardinal fishes, dark red sea stars and parrot fishes, which get their name from their beak-like teeth, helping them grind up pieces of coral they eat.

Martinique flora

Known as a «the Island of Flowers», Martinique is abundant with exotic plants and flowers. Anthuriums, bougainvilleas, hibiscuses and balisiers will enchant you with their colours and scents.

Activities

Water sports

Majestically beautiful islands with evocative names, such as Grenadines, Saint Kitts or Nevis, alongside with tiny desert islets are a true water sports lovers’ paradise. Caribbean Sea is an invitation to set off for a dream-like cruise. Excursions are permanently arranged at all of our hotels in Martinique.

Big game fishing

Spear fish, king mackerel, sword fish, skipjack and mahi-mahi are just some of the fish species abounding in the waters of West Indies. Guaranteed to delight both beginner and expert fishermen, a variety of one-day fishing tours starting from Marin or Diamant are on offer just a few kilometres from our residence Camelia.

Excursions and boat rental

Within easy reach from all of our hotels and residences, adrenaline junkies will find a water sports centre offering facilities for jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing and other extreme sports. For guests wishing to explore the region hikes are organised.
For keen golfers, an 18-hole international golf course, Golf des trois îlets, offers challenges for all levels of play.

History

Martinique was discovered by Christopher Columbus, who landed on the Cabret Island on June 15, 1502. Once inhabited by the Kalinas, it was nicknamed «the Island of Flowers» or «the Island of Iguanas». It was not until 1635 that started the colonial history of Martinique, opening a long period of triangular trade between West Indies, Africa and Europe, with millions of black slaves deported to plantations. The Company of the Isles of America takes over administration of Guadeloupe, Martinique and their dependencies. After its bankruptcy, Guadeloupe is rebought by Du Parquet, lord and owner of the island to whom we owe the production of sugar cane in West Indies.
It was under Louis XIV that Martinique and Guadeloupe reverted back to French territories. In 1674 Martinique was officially handed back to French control. At that time, many white immigrants hoping to make a fortune are coming to settle on the island. For more than a century, England and France are fighting for possession of Martinique and Guadeloupe islands. Slavery was definitely abolished by Victor Schoelcher’s Decree on May 22, 1848, which is still a key date in the history of Martinique.