French West Indies Vacations

French West Indies destinations consists of several islands in Caribbean region that have ties to mainland France and their culture reflects a mixture of French and Caribbean culture. Within the island group are the individual islands known as Saint Barthélemy, St Martin, Guadeloupe and Martinique. There are additional islands that may have been former French colonies but they are not currently within the control of France as they are considered independent nations. The islands listed here are islands that fall within the government of France. On these French West Indies beach destinations, French is the official language. The islands of St Barts and St Martin are considered an "Overseas Collectivity". And Guadeloupe is considered an "Overseas Department". It was in 1946 that all the citizens of the "Overseas Collectivity" were given French voting rights. There are many French West Indies romantic destinations that you should visit.

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GEOGRAPHY OF FRENCH WEST INDIES VACATIONS

The French West Indies is located in the arc of the Lesser Antilles and a section called the Leeward Islands. They consist of the islands of St Barts, the southern region of the island of St Martin plus Guadeloupe and Martinique. These islands are located in an arc just east of the British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands. These islands are covered in rainforest, waterfalls and beautiful beach destinations. The region includes the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Barts, St Martin, Les Saints and Marie Galante

HISTORY OF FRENCH WEST INDIES VACATIONS

Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc was a French trader who established the 1st permanent French Colony on the island of Martinique in 1635. He was a fur trader and also gained authority over the island. His nephew, Jacques Dyel du Parquet, became the first governor of the island and helped establish sugar cane as a viable product for export.
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LANDMARKS OF THE FRENCH WEST INDIES VACATIONS

Guadeloupe Landmark Destination
*Carbet Falls (Chutes du Carbet) are a series of 3 falls on the island of Guadeloupe. Each of the falls are only accessible by hiking to the source.

Martinique Landmark Destination
* Diamond Rock is an ancient volcano that is located off the southern coast of Martinique. It is a popular dive site.