Ideal places to relax, go sightseeing and get away from it all, the departments of Overseas France are destinations of choice for nature-lovers, devotees of sunbathing and sports fans. The ancestral traditions, the idyllic beaches with crystal-clear waters, the lush forests full of walking trials, the beauty and richness of the sea beds, the tropical fauna and flora, and the culinary specialities, exotic fruits and spices have plenty to amaze holidaymakers looking for a change of scene! How could anyone resist the long sandy beaches of Martinique and Guadeloupe, the awe-inspiring, verdant cirques of Réunion, the splendid coral reef of Mayotte or the magnificent nature reserves of Guiana?
While lovers of relaxation are particularly well catered for in these heavenly lands, hiking enthusiasts and adventurers will also find plenty to enjoy, in particular climbing up majestic volcanoes like Mount Pelée, La Soufrière and the Piton de la Fournaise, exploring the cirques of Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie, or discovering the famous Martinique coastal path, the Capes Trail (Trace des Caps).
Traditions and history are also an important part of life in Overseas France, with a high degree of cultural mixing and memorial sites like the eternal flame monument to the unknown slave at Petit-Canal, in Guadeloupe, and the Cap 110 memorial at Le Diamant, in Martinique.
To round it all off, nothing beats a tour of a cane juice rum distillery or a vanilla plantation, before browsing the stalls at the colourful, picturesque markets!