Welcome to St-Pierre
What's hard to believe amid all this tranquility is that St-Pierre was once Martinique's capital and at one point perhaps the most cosmopolitan city in the entire Caribbean. That all ended abruptly on May 8, 1902, when Mont Pelée erupted and wiped out the town (and some 30,000 of its inhabitants) in just 10 minutes, leaving just three survivors. Unsurprisingly St-Pierre has never recovered from the tragedy. The capital was moved to Fort-de-France and St-Pierre became the sleepy seaside village you see today. Whether you come for its dark history or its laid-back, rather agreeable present, St-Pierre is a treat.