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About Martinique...
(pronounced Mar-tin-neek)

(Area Code +011 596 - not in North American system)

New Terminal Buiding at Le Lamentin Airport, Martinique
Edifice nouveau a l'Aeroport Le Lamentin.
The new Lamentin Airport Terminal Building.
 

Martinique was originally inhabited by the warrior Carib Indians, to whom the island was Madinina, or "Isle of Flowers".

The island was named after St. Martin by Columbus. It has rugged volcanic mountains, surging rivers and thick tropical rain forests - characteristics similar to those of St. Lucia and Dominica, between which it lies. Its economy is closely interwoven with France, of which it is a Department.

Among the capital's sights, the large public market is considered by many to be the highlight. The pungent aroma of Gauloise cigarettes creates an atmosphere of its own in the town's cafes and bars.

Martinique's hotels are very diverse, and spread throughout the entire island. Some are large and stylish, some are small, charming and intimate.

Weddings (as of 29 Sept,. 2007):
Waiting period: Must be in residence at least one month prior to wedding day.
Documents: Birth certificate (or copy with raised seal). Residency card. Medical certificate (including blood test) issued within three months of marriage date. Legal documents must be translated into French.
(Source: The Toronto Star)

Area: 425 square miles
Population: About 360,000
Capital: Fort-de-France
Airport: Le Lamentin - FDF
Language: French
Voltage: 220 volts, 50 cycles
Currency: French Franc
(US$1.00 = FF6
floating exchange)

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