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A distinctive taste of the Caribbean.
Martinique has a spirited Mardi Gras Carnival during the five-day period leading up to Ash Wednesday each February/March. The streets fill with rum-fueled revelers and there are costume parades, music and dancing. Much of the activity is centered around La Savane in Fort-de-France. Saint-Pierre commemorates the 8 May eruption of Mont Pelée with live jazz and a candlelight procession from the cathedral.
Martinique has several major sporting events, including the Tour de la Martinique , a week-long bicycle race held in mid-July; the Tour des Yoles Rondes , a week-long race of traditional sailboats held in early August; and a semi-marathon around Fort-de-France in November. Music lovers can enjoy the biennial week-long Martinique Jazz Festival , held in December on odd-numbered years, or the guitar festival held on even-numbered years.
Fête de la Musique , music all over the island
Sugar Cane Crop Over Festival
Journeys de l'Environnement , Ecofest
Patron Saints celebrations , Basse-Pointe, Vauclin, Saint-Esprit, Rivière Salée, Trinity
Yole boat races Gommier Race
Fête des marins-pêcheurs , Fisherman festival
Coming Soon in July 2005...
Bastille Day , parades and celebrations
34th Festival of Fort-de-France , theater, dance, music, nightly in capital and its suburbs
Arts and Popular Traditions Festival , in Trois-Ilets
Cultural Nights , music, dance and theater in Rivière Pilote
Drums and Flute festival , in Sainte-Marie
Fête des Marins , fishermen Festival, in Case Pilote
Tour de la Martinique , weeklong bicycle race. International teams in mini-version of famed “Tour de France”
Trempage show , best “trempage” traditional breakfast competition, in Trinité Publivores Night , Madiana Convention Center in Schoelcher, a whole night to enjoy the best commercial spots in the world
Vakan's Plurielles , in Grand' Rivière, cultural, culinary and sports Gommier Race
News for travelers
Visas: US and Canadian citizens can stay up to 3 months by showing proof of citizenship. Citizens of the European Union (EU) need an official identity card, valid passport or French carte de séjour . Citizens of most other foreign countries, including Australia, need a valid passport and a visa for France. A roundtrip or onward ticket is officially required of visitors.
Martinique is a slice of France set down in the tropics. Martinique is forested and other areas are given over to pineapples, bananas and sugar cane fields. There are also plenty of hiking trails into the mountains.
The urban city of Fort-de-France can be very excited for tourist, You find there large parks with fountain and if your lucky an open-air concert. Begin you trip at the lively markets, then continue at the flapping sails in the harbour, the place seems to be in a constant state of excitement, and you will soon find yourself caught up in it! It is something to see in your lifetime...
The beauty and the incredible diversity of the Martinique beaches is charming. At first sight, a range of colours from the luminous white sand to the deep black of the volcanic beaches with the the gray- and black-sand beaches on the northeastern coast generally have dangerous water conditions, see it but do not swimming on it...
Martinique oceans has a very variety of possibilities for diving, snorkeling,swim, parasailing, windsurfing and many others watersports activities. You can find from submarine canyons, falling perforated to coral faults and caves and solid masses and plates, wrecks of the eruption of Mount-Pelé.