Martinique: To the Arawak natives, Martinique was their treasured "isle of flowers." Lying in the Lesser Antilles between Dominica and St. Lucia, the island is a tropical paradise of dense rain forest, rolling savanna and stunning beaches. The rich volcanic soil nourishes banana plantations and pineapple fields as well as mangoes, papayas, lemons, limes, and West Indian cherries. Little wonder that Columbus praised Martinique as the "best, most fertile, most delightful, and most charming land in the world." Martinique's cultural heritage is as rich and bountiful as its soil. The island has been governed by France for over three centuries. Today an overseas department of France, the island boasts a culture that is a unique and zesty blend of French, Caribbean, African and Middle Eastern influences, resulting in that spicy combination called Créole. Créole culture is reflected in Martinique's architecture, cuisine, language, and music. For years the mayor of Fort-de-France was the internationally acclaimed Créole poet Aimé Césaire.
Excursion : Martinique 4X4 Adventure
09:30AM - 01:30PM
Approx. 4 hours
Your journey begins when you board your air-conditioned four-wheel-drive vehicle and depart Fort-de-France for the interior. Your safari travels back roads through banana plantations, fording small streams, to La Palourde Forest. Enjoy the lesser seen backcountry on your drive, passing banana plantations, fording streams and encountering a variety of lush vegetation en route to a river in the rainforest. Listen to the sounds of the jungle and observe nature's beauty all around you while you sit and relax with a refreshing beverage in the inner forest area known as Coeur Bouliki. Your return drive will take you on another route with marvelous views of the bay en route to your ship.