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Martinique is (beach) lovers. And food lovers. And divers. And hikers. And above all, Franco-Phil. A marriage of Gallic culture and customs of the Caribbean, this overseas department of France is a sunny, slightly less crowded version of the homeland. People looking for more sophisticated pleasures, whether of the kind you put on the plate or the type is placed on a credit card will be pleased to know that good food and the latest fashions are not optional here, but a mandatory accessory where visitors congregate – especially in its capital port of Fort-de-France.

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Of volcanic origin, the island is crowned by the still-smoldering Mont Pelée, which destroyed the old capital of Martinique, St-Pierre in 1902. There are plenty of hiking and nature observation on the slopes of the volcano. And since this is known as the “Island of Flowers’ is botanical gardens tucked into the rugged landscape.

Long beaches and plenty of delicious diving are the main attractions in the south. Fishing villages dot the coast, most of them have managed to hang on your seafaring soul while offering visitors plenty to see and do.

Not much to do here, but everything happens in time in the Caribbean. Except for the northern mountains, is an exceptionally easy island to drive around. One can browse Presqu’île Caravelle in the morning and return to Fort-de-France in time (to avoid rush hours) to test the nightlife of the city in the making.



If you enjoy hiking high in the tops of the mountains or explore the underwater world then Dominica is the place to go for those who prefer hiking boots over high heels and are content with a night life where the music is just the murmur of the forest. Dominica has a surprisingly long drive for such a small island, so it’s best to pick a point or two to explore instead of bouncing. If you can do in the mountains (hiking, bird watching, looking for hidden pools and waterfalls) or water (diving, snorkeling, kayaking), you can do in Dominica. Do not miss the ancient forests of Morne Trois Pitons National Park, home of another Boiling Lake and the spectacular Trafalgar Falls.

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In some sandy beaches, but most require a little courage to find and generally there are only a few housing options near maximum. There are no direct international flights and island hopping it takes to get here has kept the packages in the bay. The locals are very friendly, it’s almost fun to lose just to have an excuse to approach people on their portals. Since some of the largest cities in the Caribbean are definitely fear in the capital, Roseau, locals often prevent visitors only wish you a good visit. Rasta culture is strong, and offended by the sight of the Rastafarians take their sacrament may have to cover their eyes once or twice. Dominica is also home to about 2,200 Caribs, the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.



Layou River, Dominica’s longest, flows into the sea just south of Layou, in the center of the west coast. A popular place for swimming in fresh water when it is running strong. North of the river are the gray sand Layou pristine Mero Beach


Most visitors to Fiji wants little more than a white sand beach, a cloudless sky and the opportunity to go into a coma induced by the sun under a palm tree. At this point, Fiji does not disappoint. The Mamanuca and Yasawa islands of northern arch, like the tail of a line from the body of Viti Levu and Fiji are the stars of film, hanging in the front of the idyllic world of Eden south of the Sea: its coral and cobalt waters blue eye candy offered for films such as Tom Hanks vehicle Cast Away and Brooke Shields to fame, the Blue Lagoon.

Fiji has been in the tourism business for decades and Nadi and Denarau Island hopping escape route has proved a winning formula. The notions that come with cocktails in the alabaster beaches rarely disappoints. The underwater landscape is spectacular, and some of the best and most accessible, is immersed in the Pacific can be found here. His reputation as the “soft coral capital of the world” is well justified and opening the first country resort overwater bungalows in Malolo, Fiji is still flushed with sunburned tourists despite the 2006 coup.

To the northwest of Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, Yasawa Group is a chain of volcanic islands set to compete with the best-known Mamanucas betting popularity. A daily catamaran threads its way from one bay to the next, dropping off travelers as you go. The Yasawas are sparsely populated and dry spells without rain that once made life so difficult for the villagers is proving to be their most important asset now. Local communities, inspired by the success achieved lower line have been opened ‘resorts’ budget and try to sell its coral gardens and relaxed charm as “the real Fiji.
But the Yasawas and Mamanucas – as beautiful as they are – are only part of the equation and there is more to Fiji than ever seen in a beach towel.

To get to grips with the national psyche has to spend time in either of the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Two thirds of the population lives in urban centers on Viti Levu and found the country, two cities, Suva, the capital and Lautoka, a port city depending on the sugar cane farms that surround it.


The Danes are mostly a happy group. In fact, if you believe that the satisfaction surveys that come out every two years, Denmark is one of the happiest countries on earth with some of the best quality of life. Along the winding cobbled streets Danes shop and dine in some of the most exciting places in Europe. Restaurants Copenhagen has more Michelin stars than any other city in Scandinavia, and Denmark as a whole, no doubt, would have more if Michelin inspectors never bothered to leave the capital and the chief of Aarhus and Aalborg or around. Even the rules in a Danish daily coffee are generally very high.

Beyond the capital and major cities, Denmark offers a mix of lively cities such as Ribe and Odense plus rural, medieval churches, Renaissance castles and tidy 18th-century village. Neolithic dolmen, preserved 2000 years old, “people of the swamp” and the impressive Viking ruins are just some of the remains of the long and fascinating history of the nation.

Denmark continues to end effortlessly cool style in the world of furniture design, fashion, architecture and graphic design, as it has for the past half century or so. This obsession with good design, detail and fine craftsmanship is evident even in something as mundane as a subway car or train Copenhagen.
Centuries in the Viking Age, Denmark remains largely a maritime nation, bordered by the Baltic and North Sea. Nowhere in the country is more than an hour’s drive from its beautiful coastline, much of which is full of splendid white beaches.