Travel By Fingertip...Martinique

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Points of Interest In Matinique

Martinique abounds with lush vegetation, exotic flowers, historic artifacts, old plantations and numerous beaches. Some of the white sand beaches are man made and the beaches on the northern part of the island have been created from grey, volcanic ash. Touring Martinique is made simple with many pre-destined tours available for half day or full day excursions. Traveling the island by car is also suggested. The pre-Lent Mardi Gras Carnival is a thrilling spectacle.
This coastal city, the capital of Martinique, has often been compared to New Orleans in that both possess European charm and tropical flavors. La Savane is the city's luscious, 12 acre park. Check the tourist office for events, maps, etc.
Aquarium de Martinique
Sea creatures representing 250 different species, including sharks. Addr: 3 Blvd. de la Marne, Fort-de-France Ph: 596-730229.
Balata Botanical Gardens
For an exquisite, nose-pleasing afternoon among the varied flora. Nurtured and pruned for 20 years, this Botanical Garden is simply spectacular. Addr: 20 minutes north of Fort-de-France.
La Pagerie
The birthplace of Napoleon's wife, Josephine. On the grounds is a museum dedicated to her life; displays include personal relics and a love letter from her beloved Napoleon. Addr: South of Fort-de-France Ph: 596-683455. Closed Mondays.
The oldest city on the island was almost completely destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Pelee in 1902. The Musee Vulcanologique has a collection of fascinating artifacts discovered during excavations of the ruins. Guided tours operate each day.
St. James Distillery
This distillery (there are several on the island), has a museum dedicated to the history of rum distilling. Addr: Saint-Marie Ph: 596-693002.
La Trace
Lush and wondrous rainforest. Addr: Route 3 south of Le Morne Rouge.