Martinique is a rugged Caribbean island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles. An overseas region of France, its culture reflects a distinctive blend of French and West Indian influences. Its largest town, Fort-de-France, features steep hills, narrow streets and La Savane, a garden bordered by shops and cafes. In the garden is a statue of island native Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.
We visited Martinique in January 2015 and stayed at the Simon Hotel in Fort-de-France. We explored the island and visited the Anse Cafard Slave Memorial, Habitation Clement and Rum Agricole factory, Fort Saint Louis and even met Ms. Martinique at the docks. We also sailed on a catamaran and snorkeled off a neighboring island.