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Nestled between Dominica and St Lucia, Martinique is a French island in the Lesser Antilles with a great diversity of landscapes and wonderful world class beaches sand beaches that slope gently into the turquoise sea. In addition to the white sands, sloping palm trees, and creole flavour, you will find an amazing cosmopolitan cuisine and friendly locals. Click any image below to see brief guide and our selection of top hotel resorts in that Martinique location.
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Martinique is an area of over 1,000 square kilometres, which is enveloped by the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. This Caribbean island has around 415,000 population, with a quarter of those housed on the islands capital of Fort-de-France. The residents are generally of African descent with a few French, Indian, Lebanese and Syrian individuals making their home upon the island. Language spoken is English or French and the islands makes its main income from exporting rum, bananas, cement, oil refining, sugar and of course tourism with the primary trading being with Guadeloupe, France, UK, French Guiana and Italy.

The French settlement in Martinique started in 1635, since then they haven't budged and later acquired the island, except for a couple of brief duration's when the British inhabited the island around 1763 and again around 1794. For many years, Martinique has actually gone through a great deal of advancement, with most of its bigger towns ending up being totally urbanized, particularly its capital, Fort De France, a disorderly city where residents and travelers alike, bustle around the marketplaces or make there way down to the harbour and onto the boats. There is also a big area of the island that has been timbered, with other areas being utilized as plantations for bananas, pineapples and sugar cane.

Visitors will also discover that the country is centered around imposing mountains, Mont-Pelée is a non active volcano and the tallest which maimed the country in 1902, with its incredible volcanic eruption, triggering destruction on the island of St-Pierre. There are also a couple of botanical gardens to stroll round, whose plants include some vibrant exotic types of plants and around the isolated villages of Grand' Rivière and Tartane, visitors will get an insight into the tradition and culture of Martinique.

The easiest and fastest method to travel around Martinique is by hire cars and bus, with plenty of accessibility offered at the airport. There are ferryboats that offer a routine sailing between Pointe du Bout to Fort-de-France which are well worth trying.

Getting into the country is a breeze for the French, who can get direct flights utilizing numerous airline company's like Air France, Air Liberté and AOM, with Air France also flying direct from Miami. It's not too tough to get to the island from America though, with American Airlines having flights from Boston, New York City and Miami and connecting in San Juan in Puerto Rico. Anybody from the Caribbean will have the ability to fly with Air Martinique, Air France and Air Guadeloupe, which will take travelers from Guadeloupe, St Lucia and St Martin to Martinique. The country is hot all year, with humidity being at it's highest throughout September. To avoid sizzling in the sun, you should visit in the more bearable, drier season, around February to May, which is also when the Mardi Gras Carnival is held, a five-day event when the streets are cram-packed with music, dancing and costume parades.

Economy of Martinique:
Martinique is an overseas department of France located in the Caribbean Sea. The economy of Martinique is largely reliant on agriculture, tourism, and the industrial sector.

Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy and is the leading source of income and employment. The main agricultural products grown in Martinique are sugarcane, bananas, coconuts, and corn. Sugar production is the main source of income, accounting for over 40% of the total GDP. Tourism is also an important part of the economy, as the island is a popular destination for beachgoers, water sports enthusiasts, and scuba divers.

The industrial sector is the second largest contributor to the economy and is largely focused on the production of rum, pharmaceuticals, and textiles. The rum industry is the largest employer in the industrial sector, providing nearly 16,000 jobs. The pharmaceutical industry is the second largest employer, with over 10,000 jobs. The textile industry is the third largest employer, providing over 7,000 jobs.

Martinique is a well-developed economy, with a per capita GDP of $12,000 U.S. dollars. Despite this, the island still faces some economic challenges. Unemployment is high, at around 17%, and the cost of living is high due to the island's dependence on imports. The island also suffers from a lack of investment, as capital inflows are low due to the island's small size and lack of natural resources.

Overall, Martinique is a relatively prosperous island, with a strong agricultural sector, thriving tourism industry, and a diversified industrial sector. Despite some economic challenges, the island has a strong potential for growth and development in the future.

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