Thursday, September 15, 2016

Is Martinique the Safest Caribbean Destination?

According to the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Quality Index, 
Martinique is the "Safest Destination in the Caribbean"

The Caribbean Tourism Quality Index is an annual study which measures tourism’s supply-side performance and competitiveness in 28 destinations across the Caribbean. 

As flowers are an international symbol of peace, I suppose it’s fitting in a way that The Isle of Flowers should be recognized like this. In reality, though, it is the warmth and welcoming spirit of the Martinican people and the steadfast dedication of our local authorities that keeps us at the top for travel safety.” Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau. 

The French Caribbean island of Martinique is a French state, and part of the European Union. 

Photo Credit: Postcards Voyage

Visitors will discover a unique culture from the local women dressed in colorful madras in the marketplaces, gourmet continental French and spicy Creole cuisine, and the sounds of biguine and zook music.

Its urban areas have a stylish French feel with upscale shops, international cuisine, nightlife, and gambling. The western and southern coasts have chic resorts reminiscent of the French Riviera, while the countryside offers inns and small restaurants.  

On the other hand, Martinique has the distinctive qualities of what you would expect in the Caribbean region. The island is known as the "Isle of Flowers" and offers a prolific amount of hibiscus bougainvillea, frangipani, wild orchids and other tropical flowers. 

Also there are tropical forests, waterfalls, lush green mountains, a dormant volcano, and beaches in all sands colors. One of the more unique sites is a desert of petrified wood.

Martinique will appeal to travelers looking for a different Caribbean experience . . . 

In contrast to other islands, few people outside the downtown area and major resorts speak English. The island attracts European visitors, plus a good number of French-Canadians. Topless bathing is normal at the beaches, and also hotel pools. 

Over the past year, here are other top safety ranking honors for Martinique 
  • Ranked in the Top 16 Places to go to in 2016, Condé Nast Traveler
  • Ranked #7 (of 24) Top Destinations of 2016, Budget Travel
  • Travel Top 10: Trendiest 2016 Destinations, Ebony
  • Best Culinary, Cruise, Tourism Board Destination – Caribbean (2016), Travvy Awards
  • Top 5 Best Romantic Islands in the Caribbean (2015), USA TODAY
  • Ranked #1 Must-Visit Place in the Caribbean (2015), Caribbean Journal
  • Traveler’s Choice Award, Best Beaches (2015), TripAdvisor
  • Named Best Caribbean Island for Romance (2015), Business Insider
  • Silver Magellan Awards, Overall Destination and Waterfront Development (2015), Travel Weekly
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