Martinique, an island draped in tropical greenery, is a French overseas region. As one of the Windward Islands, Martinique is found quite close to Saint Lucia, Dominica, and Barbados.
Most people on the island speak Antillean Creole, though the official language is France. Here, French and Caribbean cultures blend seamlessly. The island has a high standard of living, and great pride is taken in the customary music, dances, and hybrid cuisines of the region.
The locals make their way via agriculture and tourism. Rum is an important export, as are bananas and petroleum.
As a side note, the notable artist Paul Gauguin lived in Martinique, painting the tropical landscapes and islanders. There is a museum dedicated to his stay on the island.
After leaving the lovely Caribbean beaches behind, head into the lush countryside. A particularly favorable spot is the Jardin de Balata, an intimate tropical getaway with breathtaking views. Then, go to La Savane des Esclaves, a museum that will teach you a great deal about the history of the island, both the bad and the good.
Flying into the island is a breezy way to make your entrance, but you have other options, as well. Ferries run between many of the Caribbean islands, making island hopping a popular and exciting way to get around.