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Martinique: Travel Tips
Martinique is the perfect Caribbean destination for luxury travelers who enjoy beautiful beaches, incredible diving, great food, and all things French. For those seeking sun and sand, the warmest months in Martinique are between April and September, while travelers can expect rain in the forecast from late August through November.
Getting To Martinique
There aren't any non-stop flights from the United States to Lamentin International Airport (FDF), so the best options are to connect in either San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) or a nearby island such as St. Maarten (SXM), Antigua (ANU), or Barbados (BGI).
From the West Coast, travelers can expect to fly into SJU, where American Airlines has a two hour non-stop flight into FDF. This is usually best option from most East Coast cities as well. Travelers flying out of New York’s JFK Airport have a few options - they can take an American Airlines non-stop flight into Antigua, or a JetBlue non-stop into St. Maarten or Barbados, and then catch a flight with a regional airline into FDF.
Flight times to Fort-de-France
- 6.0 hours from New York (with connection in SXM)
- 7.0 hours from Chicago (with one connection in SJU)
- 8.5 hours from Phoenix (with two connections)
- 9.5 hours from Los Angeles (with two connections)
Staying In Martinique
Martinique has extremely diverse terrain, with lush rainforests and mountainous regions in the northern part of the island, and beautiful white-sand beaches in the south.
Must see sights
- Balata Botanical Gardens
- Les Salines Beach
- The capital city of Fort-de-France
- The historical town of St. Pierre
Things to do
- People watch on the famous white-sand beaches of Les Salines.
- Take a day-trip to St. Pierre, the town destroyed by volcano Mt. Pelee in 1902.
- Tour a sugar plantation and sample some of Martinique’s world-class rum.
- Shop for the latest French fashions in Fort-de-France.
- Experience Martinique’s French-Creole restaurants.
Traveling In Martinique
Classic can arrange convenient and comfortable transfers at the time of booking. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel via taxi or shared transfer.
While traveling in Martinique we recommend:
- Private transfers at time of booking - Private transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles.
Things to Know
- A valid passport is required for entry into Martinique and return to the United States.
- Some countries may also require you to present a return airline ticket.
- It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.
- Martinique currency is the Euro, however U.S. currency is accepted as well.
- Currency can be exchanged at banks and island hotels (although for slightly more than the standard exchange rate).
- Most major American and European credit cards are accepted throughout the islands.
- ATMs are available throughout the island.
- Martinique is in the Atlantic Time Zone (GMT-4) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time.