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Fort De France Travel Guide

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The largest city in the French West Indies, Fort de France is a cosmopolitan urban area of more than 100,000 people, resembling something you'd see in New Orleans. Narrow streets wind steeply up hills, framed with wrought-iron balconies bursting with colourful flowers.

A handful of historical and cultural sites make a full day's worth of sightseeing in Fort de France, including historical buildings like Fort Saint-Louis, beautiful churches like the Sacré-Coeur de Balata and the Cathedral Saint-Louis, and the lovely Balata Gardens. There are also several beautiful waterfalls, the Cascade Absalon and the Cascade Didier.

While the nightlife in Fort de France isn't quite on a par with most large cities, there are some good restaurants and shopping opportunities in the city. Several markets offer local produce and spices, and Victor Hugo Road is a semi-Parisian shopping street with souvenir shops and boutiques sandwiches between local fruit and flower sellers.

Most tourists in Martinique spend only a day in Fort de France, but the city makes a good place to stop over before taking the ferry to Trois Islets.

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