Martinique is located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It is situated at about 450 km northeast of the coast of South America and about 700 km southeast of the Dominican Republic. As with the other overseas departments of France, Martinique is part of the European Union and an integral part of the French Republic.
Martinique has a year round tropical climate, with a dry season (December to May) and a rainy season (June to November).
French is the official language. Most residents can also speak Creole.
The International Martinique Aimé Césaire airport is the only airport in the island, located near the town of Lamentin, a short distance from Fort-de-France. There is service of modern catamarans between Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre in, with a stop at Roseau in Dominica.
You can climb Mont Pelee all year round, although the dry season (December to May) is the best time to visit.
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