Pelee towers above the island of Martinique, in the West Indies.
Since 1902, it is one of the most famous volcanos on Earth; its
eruption led to the destruction of the entire city of Saint-Pierre,
with its 28,000 inhabitants.
Martinique is the largest of the the islands in the French West
Indies at 425 square miles, and is a mix of cosmopolitan cities,
rural fishing villages, remarkably beautiful beaches, and tropical
rain forests. Visitors will find plenty of activities to fill
each day. More than a hundred miles of marked trails wind through
the island. The Parc Naturel protects much of the forest and offers
fabulous hiking, including the popular Trace des
Jésuites. Those who prefer to drive will enjoy La Route
de la Trace, an excellent road that cuts across interior mountains
covered in luxuriant foliage.
Beaches along the southern coast have white-sand and calm Caribbean
water for swimming and sunning. On the Atlantic side, black-sand
beaches provide protected coves and good waves for watersports.
Reefs along the southwestern coast make for interesting snorkeling
and divers can explore sunken ships in Saint-Pierre Harbor. Fishing
is a way of life on Martinique and the deep Gulf Stream waters
are filled with game fish.
Climate 71 - 86F 22 - 30C
Water Temp 79 -82F 26 - 27C
Visibility Average 80 - 100 ft 24 - 30 m
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