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Martinique at a Glance

Fashionable Martinique is an overseas department of France and has wonderful restaurants, hiking, diving and swimming. 

Mount Pelee is Martinique's still-smoking volcano. An eruption in 1902 destroyed the city of St. Pierre and visitors can learn about the volcano, the island and the eruption in a series of good museums with French and English signage. If the museums leave you with a craving to explore the volcano itself, head to the slopes for excellent hiking and plenty of views. 

Martinique's capital, Fort-de-France, is an artistic, cultural and fashion hot-spot. Stay dressed in the latest styles as you stroll the streets. Enjoy fine dining with French and Caribbean influences. Stop in at galleries and museums to learn about the island and its artists. Indulge in the colors, smells and sounds of the local fish market, vegetable market and spice market. 

Finally, you get to head to the beach. White, sugary sand makes beach life a picnic on Martinique. Head underwater for diving and snorkeling where the beautiful local fish and coral will entertain you all afternoon. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      • Major Airport Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to the French West Indies need a valid passport from their country of origin. Travelers from the U.S, Canada, Europe and a few other countries do not need a visa unless their trip will last longer than three months. Contact the French Embassy for more information on your personal travel requirements. American citizens can also refer to the U.S State Department's website

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather June through November, Martinique is at risk for tropical storms and hurricanes. 

      Safety Concerns Muggings can occur after dark in Martinique so it is important to stick to the populated and well lit areas. 

      Health Concerns Watch out for the poisonous fer-de-lance pit viper while hiking. If bitten, you will need immediate medical attention to prevent death. Travelers should also avoid touching, wading or swimming in the island's fresh water to avoid infection. Martinique's drinking water is usually safe in Fort-de-France, but visitors are advised to use bottled water everywhere just to be sure.