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.

Capital: Fort-de-France

Language: French (official), Creole patois

Religions: Mostly Roman Catholic, some Protestant

Currency: Euro

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.

Map of Martinique