Caribbean Tourism

Martinique

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...

Food and Drink

Sampling the French and Créole cuisine is one of the great pleasures of visiting Martinique. There is an abundance of restaurants, cafés, and snack bars to be found everywhere. The quality is generally very high so it is worth being adventurous and trying the various dishes and eating places. The main meal of the day is at midday and many restaurants and...

Accommodation

Hotels 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...

On Arrival

Airports 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...

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,...

Before Travelling

Climate 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...

Tourist Information

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)....

Communications

Telephone Services: Nearly all public telephones are cardphones except a few in bars and hotels which take coins. At the PTT office in rue Antoine Siger, just off the Savane, there are numerous card and coin phones and Télécartes (phone cards) are sold. These can also be bought in most newsagents, cafés, and some shops for 36.50F upwards. A 50-unit card (...

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 ‘...

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...

Before Travelling

Climate 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 November and the frequency of sudden heavy showers make an umbrella or raincoat an essential piece of equipment. The cooler dry season lasts from December to May and the...

Martinique

Martinique Throughout the island of Martinique,the scenery is dramatic and very beautiful, with lush rainforest coating the slopes of the mountains and swathes of sugar cane grown on the plain. The island is 65 km long and 31 km wide with mountains in the north and south and a low-lying ‘waist’ where most people live. The coastline is irregular in the southern half,...

MARTINIQUE: USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES In Martinique Office du Tourisme de la Martinique Rue Ernest Deproge, 97200 Fort-de-France Tel: (596) 596.63.79.60 - Fax: (596) 596.73.66.93 Website: http://www.martinique.org/ Located on the bay in Fort-de-France, the office is open weekdays from 8:00 to 17:00 and on Saturday mornings. Free maps and brochures are available to visitors....

MARTINIQUE: WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING Restaurants available Local. Fast food. French. Gourmet. International. Chinese. Creole cuisine. Vietnamese. Oriental. Service charge is usually added to the bill, otherwise tipping is at your discretion. Dress code is casual. NIGHTLIFE Entertainment available includes Discos. Nightclubs. Cabarets. Dinner/dances. Theaters. Casino at Meridien Hotel...

MARTINIQUE: COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY Martinique is 1,965 mls from New York, 1,470 mls from Miami, 2,270 mls from Montreal, 425 mls from San Juan & 4,261 mls from Paris. The island covers 425 sq. mls, is 50 mls long & 22 mls wide. It is situated between 14.53 degrees north latitude at about 61 degrees west longitude. The highest point is Mont Pelee in the northwest at 4,656 ft...