MARTINIQUE IN BREEF
• CHIEF TOWN
Fort de France (FDF)
• TYPE OF GOVERNMENT
French overseas department (DOM), a French region in all effects.
Aeroport International Martinique Aime Cesaire Lamentin (FDF) from 20 to 45 minutes from the most important touristic locations on the island.
• FLIGHTS AND TICKET COSTS
Approximately 8 hours from Paris
Cost of the flight: from 500to 1000 Euros depending on the time of the year and booking in advance guarantees better tariffs .
• DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR ACCESSING THE ISLANDS
Valid identification cards for all European citizens or passports
No obligatory vaccinations are necessary.
• CURRENCY AND CREDIT CARDS
All main credit cards are accepted.
• HEALTH AND SAFTEY
Martinique has an excellent health care system, the best in the whole Caribbean.
There are both public and private hospitals.
Pharmacies follow the same European standards
Tap water is drinkable
It’s a great place for a safe family holiday.
• WHAT IS MARTINIQUE LIKE?
It is the second largest island of the French Antilles, Martinique is a volcanic island and like other Caribbean islands it has beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise water, a mild and airy climate that favours a rich tropical nature and a tranquil pace of life. Fringed with beautiful coasts, Martinique offers a great variety of landscapes to discover. Almost a third of the island is covered with tropical forests; the landscapes range from rich banana, sugar cane and pineapple plantations to tranquil fisherman villages, from marvellous and wild beaches to mountain ranges (the highest point of the island is Pelee Mountain, an active volcano at 1397mt). Rich with history and culture, many interesting and historical itineraries offer the tourist days of sightseeing. Also a visit that can’t be missed is one to the many distilleries that produce one of the best rums in the world.
• WHAT ARE THE BEACHES LIKE?
Beautiful, numerous and for all tastes
• WHAT NOT TO MISS
An excursion to the north to the Mountain Pelee, the black beaches, the tropical forest, the pineapples, sugarcane and banana plantations;
the beaches of the south;
a fond blancs boat excursion with Robert or Francois;
The Anses d’Arlet and the Rocher du Diamant;
a visit to the capital city and to the morning market;
the Habitation Clement, a national historic monument and a distillery of one of the best rums in the world;
Saint Pierre, the antique capital city.
• TYPES OF TOURISM
Usually French all year round, independent travellers of small groups or families.
• TYPES OF ACCOMODATION
There are many types of solutions for all requests, from romantic bungalow for two, to the villa with private swimming pool for the whole family and friends. Hotels and hotel residences.
• ACCOMODATION COSTS
Starting from 250€ a week for two.
• ACTIVITIES IN MARTINIQUE
Independent excursions by foot or by car.
Horseback riding and excursions in the forest.
All types of water sports: kite surf, wind surf, water scooters, kayak, catamaran, fishing and diving.
Guided tours of botanical gardens, museums and breweries.
Night life: discos and numerous clubs in and around the capital city, casinos, live music, restaurants and hotels with animated and dancing evenings.
• RESTAURANTS AND COSTS
Creole, French, Italian, asian and international are the types of foods offered in the islands.
Grilled fish and meat, pizzerias, snack bars, sandwich bars and pastries....with price ranges for all pockets depending on the restaurant and wants!
• RENTING A CAR
We recommend renting a car, its best to book it ahead of time to get the best deals and availability.
Italian or European driving licence is sufficient.
The main roads are in good conditions.
• CONNECTIONS WITH SURROUNDING ISLANDS
Domestic flights are available for Guadeloupe and its islands, Saint Martin, St Lucia, Barbados, Santo Domingo and in the Grenadine Islands, Canouan.
Connections by sea for and between Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica and St Lucia..
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