When Creole and French cultures collide in the Caribbean, the result is tranquil Martinique, lovingly nicknamed "the island of flowers." Afternoon rainfalls feed a multitude of flowers and plants, freshen the air over the gardens and cathedrals in capital Fort-de-France, and stir the clouds sitting atop Mount Pele. Colorful birds and butterflies flit among the ruins of St. Pierre. In 1906, Pele's eruption destroyed the entire town, but spared the jail's lone prisoner to tell the tale. Atlantic and Caribbean waves--some tranquil and fish-filled, others wild and surf-ready--caress a series of serene snorkeling and swimming beaches.