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About Martinique

Mount Pelee towers above the island of Martinique, in the West Indies. Since 1902, it is one of the most famous volcanos on Earth; its eruption led to the destruction of the entire city of Saint-Pierre, with its 28,000 inhabitants.

Martinique is the largest of the the islands in the French West Indies at 425 square miles. The western coast offers most of the hotels and diving opportunities. Here you will find fasinating dive sites including cliffs and wrecks, with a profusion of marine life. Some of the more memorable sites include Ilet la Perle and the wrecks off St.Pierre in the north. On the southwest coast are Anses d'Arlets and Cap Salomon, while further south are Diamond Rock and Ste. Anne.

Climate 71 - 86F 22 - 30C Water Temp 79 -82F 26 - 27C Visibility Average 80 - 100 ft 24 - 30 m

Getting There

By Air

Martinique's International Martinique Airport Aimé Césaire near Fort-de-France has regularly scheduled flights.

From USA

American Airlines / American Eagle

Connects Martinique to all major US getaways via AA’s hub in San Juan

From Canada

Air Canada

provides a weekly non-stop flight between Montréal and Fort-de-France all year long
CanJet operates from December to April, every Saturday

Air Caraïbes

Air France

Daily flights between Fort-de-France and Paris

Corsair

Up to 3 daily flights between Fort de France and Paris.
Once-weekly flights departing from Lyon and Nantes (during the high season).
International Airport Martinique Aimé Césaire

Air Antilles Express

Air Caraïbes

Air France

A local network provides connections between Martinique and Port au Prince (Haiti), Cayenne (French Guyana) and Miami

Liat

Ferry Services

Compagnie Maritime West Indies ( e-mail )

Rapid sea shuttle service to Saint Lucia from the Marin bay.

L’Express Des Iles

Saint Lucia / Dominica / Guadeloupe / Les Saintes Marie-Galante.

Entry Requirements

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 is required.

All non-residents must have a return flight ticket. Please be advised that the French Overseas Departments (DOM) are not part of the Schengen Area. Schengen visa holders must obtain the DOM visa extension in order to enter Martinique.

Valid passports: Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, the Vatican, Singapore, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela. If not listed, you will need a visa.

Useful Information

Electricity
220 volts

Communications
Telephone and fax service, as well as cellphone service. Most hotels offer Wifi service.

Water
Tap water is good throughout the island. Bottled water is also available.

Climate
Tropical and humid with an average temperature of 75°F to 85°F. The climate is moderated by trade winds. The rainy season is from June to October and the island is vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average.

Money
Martinique is a dependent territory of France and uses the euro as currency. US dollars are not accepted in shops, but some stores and many restaurants and hotels take credit cards. The best exchange rates can be had at banks. Not all banks will do foreign exchanges and may direct you to Fort De France to do such transactions.

Shopping
Reportedly, the best offerings include French luxury imports (e.g., perfumes, fashions, wines) and items made on the island, e.g., spices and rum. And some merchants offer 20 percent tax refunds for purchases made by credit card or travelers' checks, though many may not accept the latter.

Shopping opportunities include:

Galleria, in Lamentin (near airport), is the island's largest mall, with several European branded stores and others.

Fort-de-France's Spice Market offers stalls full of local/unique flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, and herbs and spices.

Rue Victor Hugo...Fort-de-France's main shopping street...a strip of sometimes tiny, Paris-like boutiques, island shops and vendors of fresh fruit and flowers

As a decidedly Catholic island, very few stores are open on Sundays or holidays celebrated in France.

Business hours: Sundays may find many stores closed. Check in-advance before hiring transport to any particular store or shopping area.

Activities
Martinique offers a multitude of activities including golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, canyoning, flying, quad and buggy racing, fishing, surfing, water skiing, jet skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing and yachting.

 

 
 

 


 










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