Martinique is sunny all year round with an average annual temperature of 26° Celsius. Local seawater is also warm; it oscillates between 26°C and 28°C. That means, of course, that lazing in the sun and/or swimming might have to be on your list of things to do!
Flowers, Flowers & More Flowers!
Martinique's lush vegetation earned it the nickname the "Island of Flowers".
The island's economy relies heavily on agriculture, with three key commodities: banana, rum and sugar cane. Tourism is another vital section of the local economy.
Martinique's cuisine is rich and varied: Creole sausages, cod fritters, stuffed crabs, smoked chicken... The list goes on!
In this French overseas department, the official language is French. However, the majority of inhabitants also speak Creole, a regional language with multiple influences. Based on French, the local version of Creole includes elements of Carib and African languages.
A major figure of the island, Aimé Césaire, was a man of letters and a politician, known for playing an integral part in the foundation of the Negritude Literary Movement. He died in Fort-de-France in 2008.
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