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Families will love:

  • French culture
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Cultural experiences

Martinique is like France (well, technically it is France) in the Caribbean. The small island, a province of France, has the same road infrastructure and some of the same architecture as France, with winding, hilly roads that lead to little villages along the beach.

Part of the archipelago of the Antilles, Martinique is a seemingly hidden paradise, and not one where ... more
Martinique is like France (well, technically it is France) in the Caribbean. The small island, a province of France, has the same road infrastructure and some of the same architecture as France, with winding, hilly roads that lead to little villages along the beach.

Part of the archipelago of the Antilles, Martinique is a seemingly hidden paradise, and not one where most Americans go. But the secret's out because, as of 2015, Norwegian Air offers direct flights to the island from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Boston Logan International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Baltimore.

French -- or Antilles Creole -- is spoken throughout the island. You'll hear other languages spoken, as well, and while everyone on the island knows English (it is taught in school), they may not speak it well (or at all) -- even at hotels and resorts. Speaking of resorts, you can't expect to find all-inclusive resorts here -- there is one (Club Med) that largely caters to adults. Instead, you'll find small, family-owned properties on the beach with rooms that accommodate families or connecting units. You won't, however, find Wi-Fi; it is sparse across the island, though this is something that's likely to be improved in the near future.

In the meantime, a lack of Internet means families can truly relax and disconnect from the world with outdoor adventures galore: hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, jet-skiing, sailing and more. Whatever you do -- don't leave the island without a catamaran tour.

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