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Fort de France

The largest city in the French West Indies, Fort de France is a cosmopolitan urban area of more than 100,000 people, resembling something you'd see in New Orleans. Narrow streets wind steeply up hills, framed with wrought-iron balconies bursting with colourful flowers.

A handful of historical and cultural sites make a full day's worth of sightseeing in Fort de France, including historical buildings like Fort Saint-Louis, beautiful churches like the Sacré-Coeur de Balata and the Cathedral Saint-Louis, and the lovely Balata Gardens. There are also several beautiful waterfalls, the Cascade Absalon and the Cascade Didier.

While the nightlife in Fort de France isn't quite on a par with most large cities, there are some good restaurants and shopping opportunities in the city. Several markets offer local produce and spices, and Victor Hugo Road is a semi-Parisian shopping street with souvenir shops and boutiques sandwiches between local fruit and flower sellers.

Most tourists in Martinique spend only a day in Fort de France, but the city makes a good place to stop over before taking the ferry to Trois Islets.

Information & Facts

Language

French is the official language of Martinique, but Antillean Creole (Créole Martiniquais) is mostly spoken amongst islanders. English is typically spoken only in the larger hotels and tourist areas.

Money

The local currency is Euros but US Dollars, traveller's checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.

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