The impact of France's colonial empire is still felt around the world, with none more evident as the islands of Martinique, Guadalupe and Saint Martin in the Caribbean.
These islands are are popular destinations for cruise liners operating by Marella, Princess, and Royal Caribbean amongst others. And if you're a fan of the British-French crime drama 'Death in Paradise', you can now take a tour to where it was filmed.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: French, as the official language, is spoken throughout the islands as is Creole and English.
Money: As part of France, the Euro (€EUR) is the local currency although $USD is widely accepted.
Law & Order: Crime is generally low with petty crime being the main concern for tourists, particularly around popular tourist spots
Tax and Gratuity: Tipping is quite common particularly for most tourist related activities. Most prices include sales tax although some places offer duty free if you show your passport.