Tourist Offices Overseas
Service Official Français du Tourisme
21 Avenue de la Toison d’Or, 1060 Brussels
French Government Tourist Office
1981 Avenue MacGill College, Suite 490, Montréal, Quebec, H 3A 2W9
30 St Patrick Street, Suite 700, Toronto
Office du Tourisme de la...
The regulations are the same as for France. In most cases the only document required for entry is a passport, the exceptions being citizens of Australia, South Africa, Bolivia, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Turkey, when a visa is required.
In 2000, for a trial period of three...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Martinique offers a wide range of accommodation from the modest family-run auberges scattered over the remote and spectacular N, to the huge 5 star complexes of Pointe du Bout and Trois Ilets, the main tourist area, in the S. 20 hotels with over 60 rooms are classed as Grand Hôtellerie. About 100 smaller places are grouped as Relais Créoles. The...
Lamentin Airport, T 421600. A new, modern airport opened 1996. There is a Tourist Office for hotel reservations and information, T 421805/1806, 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, which presents no...
The lushness of Martinique’s vegetation is evidence that it has a far higher rainfall than many of the islands, due to its mountainous relief. The wet season lasts from June to late Nov and the frequency of sudden heavy showers make an umbrella or raincoat an essential piece of equipment. The cooler dry season lasts from Dec to May and the year...
Local Tourist Office
Lamentin Airport, T 421805/18 06; Bord de la Mer, Fort-de-France, T 602773/602795, F 736693. Postal address: Office Départemental du Tourisme de la Martinique, BP 520, 97206 Fort-de-France Cédex. There are local information bureaux (Syndicat d’initiative) all round the island, many of which can be found through the town hall (mairie)....