Fort de France, Martinique
French history, natural beauty and rum
Before Martinique came to be known by its current name, it was once called Madinina, the island of flowers. At Balata Botanical Gardens, discover 300 types of palm trees, take in views from the garden's suspension bridge and enjoy the tropical flowers in bloom across 16 acres of lush landscape.
Or try the island's best rum distilleries. MSC excursions take you to the Depaz Distillery, in business since 1651, or the St. James Rum Distillery & Museum to learn about the process of making rum and taste traditional Rhum Agricole, made by using freshly squeezed sugarcane juice rather than the conventional molasses.
After, visit the ruins of the theater in St. Pierre, the former cultural capital of Martinique that was tragically destroyed by the 1902 eruption of Mount Pelée. The modern-day town of St. Pierre is France's 101st “City of Art and History.”
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