Caribbean Tourism

Getting There

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...

South Martinique

Les Trois-Ilets The small village of Les Trois-Ilets, across the bay from Fort-de-France, has a charming main square and is surrounded by tourist attractions. Empress Josephine, born Marie Josèph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, was baptized in the church on the square. Her mother is buried here and the church, restored with money from Napoléon III, is rather a...

Fort-de-France

Fort-de-France was originally built around the Fort St-Louis in the 17th century. The settlement’s first name was Fort-Royal and its inhabitants are still called Foyalais. From 1681 it was the headquarters of the Royal Governor although St-Pierre was the commercial capital and seat of the bishop. It became the capital of the island in 1902 when St-Pierre...

Getting There

Air From Europe: scheduled direct flights from Europe are with Air France, which has flights from Paris; Air Liberté flies from Paris; AOM French Airlines from Lyon, Nantes and Paris. Air France also has direct flights from Cayenne, Caracas, Miami, Pointe-à-Pitre, Havana, Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo. Ask Air France for youth fares if you are under 26,...

Getting There

Air Scheduled direct flights from Europe, from France only, are with Air France, which has flights from Paris; Air Liberté flies from Paris; AOM French Airlines from Paris. Aerolyon from Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse. Air France also has direct flights from Cayenne, Caracas, Miami, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince. Ask Air France for youth fares if under...