Martinique is an island in the West Indies that is home to nearly 400,000 people. Martinique is an overseas department of France, and is a part of the European Union, despite its location in the Caribbean. It is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world, and is widely regarded as one of the most relaxing islands in the Caribbean.
Martinique was claimed by France in the 1700s by the royal governor of St. Kitts. The island has remained a part of France ever since. In the middle of the island is the volcano Mont Pelée, an active volcano that is the largest of the many on the island. Fort-de-France is the regional seat, and the largest city with an international airport. Up and down the coast of Martinique are pristine white-sand beaches with crystal-clear blue waters.
Martinique is also well-known for watersports. The north coast of the island is a widely-regarded surfing spot, and sailing and kayaking are extremely popular from the many coastal towns that dot the island. Overall, Martinique is a fantastic place to spend some time in the sun and get out in the water.