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
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
Martinique's International Martinique Airport Aimé
Césaire near Fort-de-France has regularly
Airlines / American Eagle
Connects Martinique to all major US getaways via AAs
hub in San Juan
a weekly non-stop flight between Montréal and
Fort-de-France all year long
CanJet operates from December to April, every Saturday
Daily flights between Fort-de-France and Paris
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
local network provides connections between Martinique
and Port au Prince (Haiti), Cayenne (French Guyana)
Maritime West Indies ( e-mail
Rapid sea shuttle service to Saint Lucia from the
Saint Lucia / Dominica / Guadeloupe / Les Saintes
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
Mainland France residence permit holders (carte de
Citizens of the United States and Canada may enter
without a visa for a stay up to three months, however
a valid is required.
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
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.
Telephone and fax service, as well as cellphone service.
Most hotels offer Wifi service.
Tap water is good throughout the island. Bottled water
is also available.
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.
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.
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.
Galleria, in Lamentin (near airport), is the island's
largest mall, with several European branded stores
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
a decidedly Catholic island, very few stores are open
on Sundays or holidays celebrated in France.
hours: Sundays may find many stores closed. Check
in-advance before hiring transport to any particular
store or shopping area.
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.