The Basics

Climate – Temperatures average 79°F with two regular alternating wind currents (les alizés) keeping the island cool.  There is only about a 5° difference between summer and winter temperatures.

Topography Mountainous and lush in the north with plains in the center and rocky hills (mornes) framing pristine beach coves (anses) in the south.

Population – 400,000+

Currency – Euro

Capital City – Fort-de-France

Languages – French, Creole and English.

Electricity – Voltage is 220 AC. Visitors traveling with hair dryers, shavers and other appliances made in the U.S. will require international power adapters.

Religion – Roman Catholicism, Seventh-Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness, Methodist, Evangelical, Baptist, Jewish, Hindu and Islamic.

Money Exchanges & Banks – U.S. dollars can be converted to euros at locations throughout the island. Hours of operation vary, though Fort-de-France banks are generally open 7:30 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Bank-operated 24-hour ATM’s can also be found throughout the island.

Accommodations – Martinique is home to 6,000+ hotel rooms with budget, moderate and luxury properties scattered throughout the island. For the rustic and truly budget-conscious, beachfront and rainforest camping can be arranged. Those seeking a more luxurious experience can opt for villa and private island rentals.

 

Getting There & Getting Around

Entry Requirements – U.S. visitors must have a valid passport for stays up to 3 months. Non US citizens  should visit http://ambafrance-us.org/ for details.

For short stays (up to three months) no visa is required for the following nationalities:

  • Nationals who hold a valid ID card or passport from a European Union member country or other European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland.
  • Mainland France residence permit holders (carte de séjour).

Citizens of the United States and Canada may enter without a visa for a stay up to three months; however a valid passport is required. For additional information, contact your Regional French Consulate.

Arrival/Departure Taxes – None for air or cruise arrivals.

By Air – Following several months of interruption of service due to the pandemic, travelers can now book direct flights from Miami to Fort-de-France, Martinique, with American Airlines. Starting November 6, flights will take place once per week on Saturdays. Service will increase to three times per week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays) during the Christmas period, in the second half of February, and throughout March.

By Cruise – Anyone keen on cruising to Martinique will be rewarded with more choices than ever before as wee.  Most  major North American cruise lines stop in Fort-de-France at both Pointe Simon or Les Tourelles terminals or at one of the four anchorages for boutique ships in the towns of Le Marin, Anses d’Arlet & Trois-Ilets in the South and in the town of Saint-Pierre in the North.

Getting Around by Rental Car – 5,000+ cars available from such notable companies as Avis, Budget, Hertz and more. Driving is on the right. A valid driver’s license is required; min. age is 21.

Yachting – Bareboat or crewed charters can be arranged at most hotels. Yachtsmen can choose among several marinas, most notably Port de Plaisance in Le Marin, the island’s largest and best equipped marina.

Getting Around by Taxi – Taxi stands are located at the airport, in Fort-de-France, and at major hotels. All cabs are metered. Martinique has 200+ taxis.

 

Activities & Attractions

Culinary Travel – World-renowned for its cuisine, Martinique’s 365+ restaurants feature the best of French and Creole. Seafood abounds, prepared Creole-style with spices, or in a classic French manner with herbs.

Cultural Heritage – Birthplace of the famed poet, Aimé Césaire, Zouk and Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, Martinique boasts a rich cultural heritage kept alive in the island’s 25+ museums.

Rhum – The Rum Capital of the World, Martinique is home to 12 brands, each produced utilizing a unique rhum agricole method yielding blends comparable to fine cognacs. Martinique rhums, made from fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice and not molasses, are the only rums to carry the exalted Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) designation formerly reserved for the finest wines. Free tasting is available at all of the island’s distilleries.

Ecotourism – Martinique boasts a whole world of natural wonders, making it one of the Caribbean’s top eco destinations. Two-thirds of Martinique is designated as protected parkland, affording visitors a wide range of nature-themed vacation adventures – hiking the island’s 27 well-marked trails, kayaking, horseback riding, enjoying a 4×4 tour, and more.

Shopping – Martinique offers the best of Parisian fashion, jewelry, perfumes, etc., and local treasures. La Galleria Mall is a top shopping spot, while Rue Victor Hugo is to Martinique as Fifth Avenue is to New York.

Casino Gaming – Martinique’s two casinos, Casino de la Batelière Plaza located just north of Fort-de-France and Casino des Trois Ilets, offer slots, blackjack, roulette and more. Patrons must be 18; dress is casual.

Scuba Diving – The best-kept secret in Caribbean diving, Martinique offers abundant marine life, historic shipwrecks and healthy reefs. The highlight is Diamond Rock, an offshore island with a deep undersea cavern.

Golf & Tennis – Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the 18-hole Golf de l’Impératrice Joséphine in Trois Ilets, is the island’s sole golf course. Tennis is available at the course and at resorts throughout the island.

Family Attractions – From sightseeing trains to the Butterfly Gardens and Mangofil, Martinique has much to offer families. 

Destination Weddings – Required documents include original birth certificates; certificate of good conduct; residency card (bride or groom must reside on-island min. 1 month); medical certificate issued within 3 months of marriage; French translation of all documents.