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Our travel guide to Martinique

To the point Discover Martinique island, a Caribbean island known for its landscapes' splendour and cultural and historical wealth.

The island that is called flower island charms with its activities, its dream villas, its luxuriant nature and its warm population. The island is on the front stage with Occupation Double. We invite you to go beyond to discover what the island has to offer.

A rich past shared between native peoples of South America and the arrival of the French in 1635, the heritage of Martinique is as diversified as its landscapes and inhabitants.

When travelling to this island made of mountains, mangroves and tropical forests, here is what you should not miss.

Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen
Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen
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To discover in Martinique.

Unique diving experiences

Martinique has more than 20 professional and accredited dive centers and hundreds of well-protected sites for divers of all levels.

With temperatures ranging from 26 to 30 degrees Celsius, Martinique’s waters offer a colourful marine life: hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, barracudas and schools of tropical fish, pristine coral reefs, gigantic sea sponges and gorgonians.

You can also dive into the wrecks of Saint-Pierre, boats that were wrecked during the eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902.

Heavenly beaches

The coastline of Martinique is accessible everywhere, so there is no shortage of wildly beautiful beaches open to the public all year round. The more sporty will enjoy surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, windsurfing and flyboarding.

Head for the Caribbean coast for long stretches of white sand bathed by calm blue waters. The Atlantic coast offers many secluded bays lined with palm trees, while the northern coast exposes strips of black volcanic sand against a backdrop of green mountains.

Among the most beautiful beaches of Martinique, we can name Grande Anse des Salines in Saint-Anne (white sand), the Beach of Pointe Marin (blond sand) and Anse Noire in Les Anses d’Arlet (volcanic sand).

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A distinctive gastronomy

Through the Martinique cuisine, you will find African, Indian and French influences. On the menu:

  • fresh fish – sea bream, snapper and tuna,
  • locally grown foods – bananas, coconuts and pineapples,
  • but also Creole dishes such as fish blaff, stuffed crab and green papaya gratin.

You will also taste theMartinique appetizer par excellence: cod accra and curry-based dishes such as chicken colombo, not to mention the culinary know-how of France – bakery, cheese and charcuterie, soufflé, bouillabaisse and filet mignon.

For sweet tooths, you have to try the coconut blancmange and the delicious homemade fruit sorbets and ice creams.

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The natural beauties of the island

While hiking, you can discover the beauties of the island in all its forms. There are more than 250 kilometers of trails that connect the rugged coastline, tropical forests and misty mountains. And since two thirds of the island is covered by protected parks, the territory is wonderfully preserved.

The Jardin de Balata, near Fort-de-France, and the Domaine d’Émeraude, near the northern town of Le Morne-Rouge, are two vast parks to discover, with beautiful landscaped gardens and forests where you can admire native plants and trees.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also discover the mangrove forests by kayak or canoe, practice cycling, horseback riding and bird watching.

A species of toxic tree is present in Martinique: the Mancenillier or also called “the tree of death”. You will see it marked with a paint stroke on its trunk in order t, alsot.

Fort-de-France, capital of Martinique

To experience a typical atmosphere in Fort-de-France, don’t miss the large covered market, one of the most dynamic markets in the Caribbean, where fruits, flowers and souvenirs are sold.

To take a cultural bath, take the time to admire the beautiful murals decorating the capital’s streets.

Fort-de-France has two ports of call. The two terminals at Pointe Simon and Les Tourelles are located within minutes of the city’s main attractions. On a day trip, take one of the ferries from the bay of Fort-de-France to the coastal town of Les Trois-Îlets for lunch at a seaside restaurant.

Fort de France Marché couvert Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen
Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen
Marché Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen
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Great agricultural rums of world renown

Did you know that Martinique is recognized as the rum capital of the world? Its agricultural rums benefit from the prestigious appellation of controlled origin (AOC). It stands out thanks to the unique production technique of agricultural rum: the freshly squeezed juice of locally grown sugar cane is fermented and distilled before being rested or aged in oak barrels.

To discover them, follow the Route des Grands Rhums which leads to the eleven distilleries of the island.

Moulin Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen
Moulin Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen

Carnival and other festivities

The Carnival is undoubtedly the most famous festival in Martinique. The festivities begin in January, with parades every weekend throughout the island. They end at the end of February or March with four days of parades, celebrations and shows: Dimanche Gras, Lundi Gras, Mardi gras and Mercredi des Cendres.

The month of May is also particularly festive since the Martiniqueans commemorate the eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902 as part of the Mai de Saint-Pierre. This event brings together a range of music, dance and theatre performances.

In the summer, the Tour des Yoles is a colorful competition not to be missed. Boats known as round skiffs participate in a race around the island, in front of thousands of spectators on the shore and on board the catamarans.

The guides to prepare your trip

As you know, we like to share the books of our partner, Ulysses Guides. And on Martinique, we can say that they offer a whole bunch! To order online or to download, take advantage of it and get inspired.

Martinique Guides Ulysse

In practice

Go to Martinique with your points

Here are some tips to get to Martinique using points to save money!

First, when you travel with Air Canada, which offers direct flights from Montreal to Fort-de-France, you can use your Aeroplan points. And to earn Aeroplan Points, here are several recommended credit cards:

Vol AC Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen
Vol AC Martinique Crédit Frédéric Deluen
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Where to stay in Martinique?

Martinique offers its visitors a vast choice of accommodation. You can book them through the booking.com platform. Here are some good addresses to look at. Again, your points can be used to save money, I take you back to our article on the booking.com loyalty program!

Hotels and aparthotels

  • Hotel Bakoua (4 stars) ;
  • Hotel La Batelière ;
  • Diamant les bains ;
  • Hotel Residence (4 stars) ;
  • Bamboo Hotel (3 stars);
  • Club Med Les Boucaniers (4 tridents) ;
  • Domaine Saint-Aubin ;
  • Residence Fort Savane ;
  • Aparthotel (2 stars);
  • The Blue Frigate;
  • Domaine de la Palmeraie ;
  • Hotel l’Impératrice (3 stars);
  • Hotel Karibéa ;
  • La Valmenière.

Hébergements insolites

  • The Bubbles Domain;
  • The Guest House of L’Ilet-Oscar ;
  • Le Hameau du Morne des Cadets;
  • Sphair de Lune.

Bungalow rental

  • Residence Les Cayalines ;
  • Resid’Anses ;
  • The Village at the Point;
  • Cap Cabaret Kréol’lodge.

Bungalow rental

  • Villa rentals :
  • Antilles Exception ;
  • Archipelago Evasion ;
  • Carefree Caribbean;
  • Turquoise View Rentals ;
  • Prestige Villa Rental ;
  • Under the Tropics;
  • Villaveo.

An Airbnb rental with travel points

If you prefer a rental with Airbnb or VRBO, don’t forget that you can use travel points on your apartment or house rentals.

Here are the best cards to use in this case:

Bottom line

As you can see, the island of Martinique has many resources to help you have an excellent vacation. Let us know what you think on our Facebook group!

Practical information

What languages are spoken in Martinique?

French and Creole are the main languages spoken; English and Spanish are expressed in the resort areas.

What is the currency in Martinique?

The Euro

Electricity: what voltage in Martinique?

The voltage is 220 AC. Visitors bringing hair dryers, electric shavers and other appliances designed for use in North America will need a power adapter.

What climate in Martinique ?

Warm weather all year round, with an average temperature of 26°C. The trade winds that blow across the island help keep it cool.

What is the flight distance between Montreal and Martinique?

Martinique is a five-hour flight from Montreal.

Do we have to tip in Martinique?

In restaurants, prices include a 15% service charge.

How to get around in Martinique?

Local and international car rental companies (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Alwego) are in Martinique. Cabs and car services are also available. In Fort-de-France, it is easy to find a cab at the stations located near the tourist attractions.

For car rentals, if you pay through a site like Expedia, a card like the Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card allows you to pay the rental bill with the bonus of 30,000 Scene+ points. This is an interesting card for foreigners, as it does not incur any currency conversion fees.

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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