Caribbean Tourism

Getting Around

The Tropical Rainforest

La Route de la Trace winds through the tropical rainforest on the slopes of the Pitons du Carbet from Fort-de-France to Morne Rouge on the southern slope of Montagne Pelée. The town was hit by a second eruption of Pelée on 20 August 1902. A new park has been opened, called Le Jardin de la Pelee, on the hill above the town, where there is a fine display of...

North Martinique

The area of Basse-Pointe is the pineapple cultivation area of the island, where huge fields of spikey pineapple tops can be seen. Basse-Pointe is an old settlement with a late 17th-century church and a good view of the cliffs from the cemetery. Inland from here is Plantation Leyritz, a former plantation complex, complete with slave houses and machinery. The...

Getting Around

Car Hire There are numerous car hire firms at the airport and around town; Europcar Interent, Aéroport Lamentin, T 421688, F 518115, Fort-de-France T 733313 and several hotels; Hertz, 24 Rue Ernest-Deproge, Fort-de-France, T 606464. Airport, T 421690, F 514626; Avis, 4 Rue ; Ernest-Deproge, Fort-de-France, T 701160, Airport, T 421692. Prices start from 200F...

Getting Around

Air Airports Lamentin Airport, T421600. A new, modern airport opened 1996. There is a Tourist Office for hotel reservations and information, T421805/1806, Crédit Agricole and Change Caraïbes for foreign currency exchange (see below), car rental offices and ground tour operators. To get to the airport at Lamentin, either take a taxi, or take a bus marked ‘...