Posted by Hatka Hatnaa Posted on 7:43:00 AM
For a long time, Martinique remained a sleepy, rainforested isle often overlooked among the rest
of the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles islands. But this year has brought new energy into downtown Fort-de-France. Its active military base, housed in a 17th-century fort, is reopening to visitors, not to mention the contemporary Simon Hotel, the first hotel to open on the island in more than a decade. Already one of the best Caribbean islands for foodies, Martinique is experiencing an upsurge in creative cuisine beyond its Creole influences, from Brazilian to bagel sandwiches to an inspired cocktail program at the rooftop bar, Le Cloud. The weather here is beautiful year-round—best to catch the dry season before it ends in May.Spring showers are the least of anyone’s worries in places like Casablanca, Morocco; or Brussels, Belgium, where April drops the least amount of rain all year. However, if it’s the budget you’re worried about, places like Chicago and Copenhagen—two of the most affordable places to travel this month—offer endless opportunities to experience architecture, culture, and art.