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A little bit Antigua with a dose of New Orleans, this Martinique capital offers tropical style in spades.
Welcome to the Island
French personality in a Caribbean paradise? That's our kind of destination. Originally settled in the 19th century, this overseas department is a bustling mix of narrow streets, seaside forts, and pockets of colonial architecture, and the best Fort-de-France vacations include a peek at every facet of the storied atmosphere. Though nearby Saint-Pierre is widely considered to be the island's cultural hub, Fort-de-France hotels come with their own set of chilled-out charms.
The Cosmopolitan Tropics
Because most of Martinique's flights arrive at the local airport, there's something decidedly international about this Caribbean dream. The harbor sizzles with activity from docked cruise ships, Rue Victor Hugo is alive with Parisian cafes, and boutiques, and the markets peddle tropical wares in addition to French delicacies. This is, after all, the French West Indies' biggest city; add a few palm trees to the wrought-iron charm of southern Louisiana and the so-chic attitude of Le Marais, and you'll have the perfect picture of Fort-de-France vacations.
Did Someone Say Paradise?
Of course, all cheap deals and holiday packages aside, the island's primary lure is the impeccable weather. You could strip away every gorgeous sight and still feel like you'd hit the jackpot; the tropical climate is just that sumptuous. Pack your sunscreen, and grab those flip-flops. You'll be spending most of your time in the breezy outdoors.
Top Things to See and Do
Most globe-trotting tourists book Fort-de-France packages to bask in the white-sand beaches just south of the city, but there's plenty to see beyond the shore. Fort Saint-Louis is home to a sprawling naval base, the Grand Marche market all but overflows with local goods, and the Sacre-Coeur de Balata replicates Paris' Montmartre Church in a forested setting. For an in-depth peek at the flora and fauna, head to the Cascade Absalon; this waterfall boasts a swim-ready basin.
Fort-de-France Vacation Packages, Discounts, and More
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