Location: Martinique’s western shore faces the Caribbean Sea and the eastern faces the Atlantic Ocean. It’s between Dominica and St. Lucia.
Size: 424 square miles.
Language: French (official), Creole patois
Religions: Mostly Roman Catholic, some Protestant
Area Code: 596
Tipping: 10 to 15 percent
Weather: Hurricane season runs June to November. Temperatures range from 75 to 85 degrees, but are lower in the mountains.