Welcome to Martinique
With a cosmopolitan air, stunning beaches (some of them with arresting black volcanic sand), and a lush, mountainous interior, Martinique remains one of the Caribbean’s most alluring escapes.
It’s a little touch of France in the West Indies. Don’t miss the cultural scene in the capital of Fort-de-France, where you’ll get the story of the island’s history and the chance to eat incredible island cuisine as well.
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Need To Know
- There is a small version of Paris’ Sacre Coeur on Martinique. It’s called the Balata church and it was constructed in the exact style of the iconic French cathedral.
- Martinique has a huge mangrove forest, representing six percent of the total forested area on the island. It starts in the center of the island and spreads to Genipa Bay.
- There are several black-sand beaches on Martinique, located around the active volcano, Montagne Pelee, in the northwest region of the island.
- The island was originally known as Jouanacaera-Matinino, which means “mythical island” from the Tainos of Hispaniola, before Christopher Columbus named it Martinique.
- Colombo, a curried chicken with spiced masala of Tamil origins, is the most popular dish in the country.
Martinique’s official language is French.
When To Go
The best time to go to Martinique is in May, after the December to April high season and before the storms of summer and fall.
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport
Passport must be valid at time of entry.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
None for stays of up to 90 days
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Martinique: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: types C, D and E. Standard voltage: 2200V. Frequency: 50Hz.
Official local currency: Euro
While still rebuilding from the 2017 hurricane season, the roads in the French West Indies are generally the best in the Eastern Caribbean. There is an expressway through Martinique and the roads are well paved, maintained and marked.
Public transportation options include taxi, van and bus service.
A valid US driver’s license is required.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179
Local Visitor Info
Comité Martiniquais du Tourisme
Avenue Loulou Boislaville – Tour Lumina
Tel: (596) 596-61-61-77
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
Safety and Security
Petty street crime, including purse snatching, occasionally occurs. Do not leave valuables unattended.
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