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With its unique mix of Creole culture and European cosmopolitanism, the French overseas territory of Martinique, and in particular its capital Fort-de-France, has just the right blend of tradition and sophistication. A fast-developing city boasting first-class shopping and dining as well as a bustling urban life. But the main draw to this Caribbean island remains its surrounding natural beauty made up of lush tropical rain forests, an active volcanic mountain, and picture-perfect beaches, which have captivated visitors for centuries.

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Bibliothèque Schoelcher

Named after Victor Schoelcher, a leader in the fight to free slaves in the Caribbean during the 19th century, this beautiful public library is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Fort-de-France. It was first built in Paris for the 1889 World Exposition, then taken apart and shipped to Martinique to be reassembled as it is seen today.
Adresse: Rue Victor Sévère, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 55 68 30
Åpningstider: Mon 1pm-5:30pm, Tue-Thu 8:30am-5:30pm, Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 8:30am-12pm

Fort St. Louis

The imposing Fort St. Louis, which towers 200 feet over a steep cliff offers some of the best views of both city and sea. The original construction dates back to 1640, but little of that remains, and what can be seen today is largely composed of later additions. Reopened in 2014, tours are now available in several languages.
Adresse: Boulevard Chevalier, Sainte-Marthe, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 754 144
Åpningstider: Tue-Sat 9am-4pm

La Savane

La Savane is a vast and meticulously landscaped park with lots of trees, benches and fountains, the heart of public life in Fort-de-France with shopping, dining and entertainment options all around. Locals gather at the many cafes at all hours of the day, and visitors use it as a springboard from which to explore the surrounding sights.
Adresse: Boulevard Chevalier De Sainte-Martine, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 73 97 72

Balata Botanical Gardens

The Balata Botanical Gardens, situated slightly inland from Fort-de-France, are a lush, 3-hectare expanse of green that contain a beguiling range of flora, comprising over 3,000 different species. The grounds are carefully landscaped, tailored and looked after, and the view from the suspended rope bridges is enchanting.
Adresse: Km 10, Route de Balata, Fort-de-France
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-6pm

Route de la Trace

The scenic stretch of highway N3 that runs from Fort-de-France all the way to Mount Pelée, better known as Route de la Trace, follows an old route carved out by the Jesuit missionaries of the 1600's, running through beautiful expanses of thick rain-forest. Stunning hiking trails branch off from the main route should be thoroughly explored to get an idea of the wild natural beauty of Martinique.
Adresse: Route de la Trace, Highway N3, Martinique

Mount Pelée

The imposing Mount Pelée towers over the island of Martinique with a menacing gaze. The volcano is going through a quiet phase, but it is still active, and as recently as 1902 had a violent eruption that destroyed the city of Saint-Pierre. Visitors today can hike up to the summit and marvel at the views on a clear day.
Adresse: Mount Pelée, Martinique


Sainte-Anne, Martinique's southernmost village, is one of the island's prettiest towns. It is often frequented by visitors for its shops and restaurants, as well as its great crafts market, but the biggest draw to the area are the wonderful beaches, like the idyllic Les Salines, just a short distance away.
Adresse: Sainte-Anne, Martinique

Le Carbet

Located between, Fort-de-France and Saint-Pierre, the village of Le Carbet is a place of special historical importance, as it was the landing site for Cristopher Columbus' fourth and final voyage to the Caribbean in 1502. Today this village houses some fantastic gardens, including Latouche's Creek Garden, which boasts over 200 species of tropical plants.
Adresse: Le Carbet, Martinique

Diamond Rock

Lying some 3 kilometres off the southern coast of Martinique, Diamond Rock is an imposing 175-metre high rocky island, once claimed by the British as a ship (the HMS Diamond Rock), before being reclaimed by the French. Today it is known as one of the island's best dive spots.
Adresse: Diamond Rock, Martinique

Caravelle Peninsula

Caravelle Peninsula is a narrow strip of land that shoots out into the Caribbean waters from the east coast of Martinique. It is protected as a nature reserve and thus wonderfully unspoiled, and it is home to a large number of animal and plant species, making it a fascinating place for a hike.
Adresse: Caravelle Peninsula, Martinique


Ajoupa-Bouillon, located at the foot of Mount Pelée, is an area renowned for its natural beauty, featuring lush tropical landscapes. There are hiking trails leading through the forest, along ravines and past waterfalls. The Ajoupa Gardens also display an abundance of colourful flowers and plants.
Adresse: Ajoupa-Bouillon, Martinique

Les Salines

With one kilometre of of soft, warm sand, clear, tranquil water and idyllic coconut palms lining the whole area, Les Salines is one of the most popular beaches in Martinique. Families tend to crowd it a bit on weekends, but during the week it tends to be less hectic.
Adresse: Les Salines, Martinique

Pointe Du Bout

Directly across the city of Fort-de-France, on the other side of the bay of the same name, lies Pointe Du Bout, Martinique's most popular resort area. The streets are lined with quaint boutiques, breezy cafes and great restaurants, prompting many to hop on the regular ferries departing from the Fort-de-France Marina in search of entertainment, shopping and fun in the sun.
Adresse: Pointe Du Bout, Martinique

Musée de la Pagerie

The magnificently preserved Musée de la Pagerie is a former sugar estate and the birthplace of Marie Joseph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, better known as Empress Josephine, Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife. A guide will take you through the estate to admire the numerous artifacts and share fascinating stories from Josephine's childhood.
Adresse: Quartier Pagerie, Trois-Ilets, Martinique
Telefon: +596 596 68 34 55
Åpningstider: Tue-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-1pm

Anse Cafard Slave Memorial

The shores of Le Diamant are home to one of the Caribbean's most impressive and sobering memorials to the region's history of slavery. The 20 beautiful statues face out towards the water with their heads bowed down, in honor of the 20 victims of a slave ship sinking that took place in 1835.
Adresse: Le Diamant, Martinique

Chez Carole

Chez Carole is a Fort-de-France institution, a favourite among locals and visitors alike. The colourful setting and kitchen, the small but cosy dining area, the internationally famous hospitality of the restaurant's eponymous owner, and most importantly, the top-notch Creole cuisine bring many to dine at the modest place located in the Grand Marche Couvert.
Adresse: Grand Marche Couvert, Rue Isambert, Fort-de-France

The Yellow

The Yellow comes highly recommended by many in the tourism industry in Martinique for its fantastic typical cuisine, consisting largely of fish, rice, vegetables and mashed plantains, as well as seafood specialties, like fish chowder, and other options, such as duck or steak.
Adresse: 59 Rue Victor Hugo, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 75 03 59

Le Bleu Marine

Le Bleu Marine is a classy restaurant and bar perched on a magnificent terrace that overlooks the clear waters below. It is the perfect place from which to admire soothing Caribbean sunset over a romantic meal or with a cool drink in hand.
Adresse: 20, rue des Alizés, Schoelcher
Telefon: +596 596 61 49 49
Åpningstider: Daily 11:30am–1:30pm / 7pm–9:30pm

Melting Pot

For a quick and simple snack or light meal, try Melting Pot. It is a fast-service pasta bar with a format that allows staff members to prepare and pack your meal in the blink of an eye, so you can take it with you still warm and freshly made, perfect for eating on the go.
Adresse: 106 Rue Victor Sévère, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 736 137


After the success of their restaurant in Ducos, Tomawok has recently opened a second location in Fort-de-France. It is no surprise that they have done well, for their winning formula of speed, transparency in preparation, nutritional balance and tasty results has won them many loyal customers.
Adresse: 4 Rue Ledru Rollin, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 63 46 67
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–3:30pm, Sat 11am–2pm

Le Petit Tonneau

An authentic Portuguese restaurant in the middle of Fort-de-France, Le Petit Tonneau offers a great alternative to Caribbean food which includes escargots, frog legs, duck, steak, bacalhau and more.
Adresse: 32 Avenue Frantz Fanon, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 61 19 17

Nuevo Mejico

Nuevo Mejico is a prime exponent of tex-mex cuisine, offering all the staples you would expect, from tacos and burritos to quesadillas, fajitas, chimichangas and enchiladas. The menu even includes other dishes, such as pasta, so there is no shortage of options.
Adresse: 108 Rue Ernest Deproge, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 60 60 21

La Tavola Italiana

La Tavola Italiana may not look like much from the outside, but venture into the bright interior with its checkered-tile floor and colourful walls and let yourself be impressed by the high-quality Italian cuisine. The best dishes are those that include seafood, and it would be a mistake not to try a dessert.
Adresse: 70 Route de Didier, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 64 24 58


Paul's much-loved chain of boulangeries needs no introduction. With locations all over the world and a reputation for fresh pastries, delicious coffee, and great snacks, it's no wonder Paul remains one of the top cafes in Fort-de-France.
Adresse: 15 Route de Didier, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 73 16 60
Åpningstider: Mon–Tue 6:30am–6pm, Wed 6:30am–6:15pm, Thu 6:30am–5:30pm, Fri–Sat 6:30am–7pm, Sun 6:30am–1pm

Cafe Boheme

Cafe Boheme is a simple but cosy little cafe that serves some simple dishes like quiche, salad and open-faced sandwiches, as well as a wide array of desserts that includes but is by no means limited to pastries, cakes and apple pie. Be sure to also try one of their fruit juices served in glass jars.
Adresse: 28 Route de Clairière, Fort-De-France
Telefon: +596 596 73 94 76
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 10am–6pm

Le Bleu Marine

Located in the Bateliere hotel complex in Schoelcher, Le Bleu Marine is a classy restaurant and bar perched on a magnificent terrace that overlooks the clear waters below. It is the perfect place from which to admire soothing Caribbean sunset over a romantic meal or with a cool drink in hand.
Adresse: 20, rue des Alizés, Schoelcher, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 61 49 49
Åpningstider: Daily 11:30am-1:30pm and 7pm-9:30pm

Garage Popular

Simple fare and affordable drinks are the norm at Garage Popular, a simple but often crowded car-themed restaurant and pub in downtown Fort-de-France. They often host special events, like karaoke nights and themed parties, and screen big sporting events, mainly football.
Adresse: 121 Rue Lamartine, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 79 86 76
Åpningstider: Mon 12pm-11pm, Tue-Thu 12pm-11:45pm, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 6pm-2am

Casino Batelière Plazza

If you're feeling lucky, test your skills at poker or the whim of fortune on roulette and try to earn back some of your vacation expenses. Casino Batelière Plazza is the island's premier casino, which besides the usual games also hosts live musical performances and other events.
Adresse: Casino Batelière Plazza, Résidence les Alizés de Batelière, Schoelcher
Telefon: +596 596 61 73 23
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 10am-3am, Fri-Sat 10am-4am, Sun 10am-12am

Tropiques Atrium Scène Nationale de Martinique

Tropiques Atrium Scène Nationale de Martinique is the island's foremost cultural institution, regularly putting on concerts, plays, workshops, exhibitions and other artistic and cultural events. Check the website to find out what's on the programme during your visit.
Adresse: 6 rue Jacques Cazotte, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 70 79 29
Åpningstider: Tue-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-1am

Les Grands Ballets Martiniquais

Les Grands Ballets Martiniquais is a troupe of about thirty dancers, musicians, singers and choreographers who put on spectacular displays of the traditional music and dances of Martinique. They regularly tour the island, hitting theatres, hotels and other venues, so check their website to see where they will be during your visit.

Hotel Bakoua

Hotel Bakoua, across the bay from Fort-de-France, offers different form of nighttime entertainment, including occasional live jazz and even swimsuit fashion shows. The hotel has several dining and nightlife venues, including the Coco Bar, a beach bungalow on stilts over the water.
Adresse: Pointe du Bout, Les Trois-Îlets
Telefon: +596 596 66 02 02

Wahoo Cafe

Martinique's quintessential beach bar, with a dream location by the sea facing the sunset, Wahoo Bar has swagger, attitude and personality to spare. It boasts an effortlessly cool and laid-back vibe where crowds gather to drink, dance and groove to the frequent live music.
Adresse: Plage de Grande Anse, Le Carbet
Telefon: +596 696 89 96 33
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 3pm-10pm

Le Zinc du Nord Caraïbes

Le Zinc du Nord Caraïbes is a charming little bar with a unique and quirky flair and heaps of attitude. Evenings here start off quiet and relaxed but inevitably turn into raucous affairs full of dancing, karaoke, occasional live performances and uncontainable smiles.
Adresse: 145 Rue Bouille, Saint-Pierre
Telefon: +596 696 89 60 29
Åpningstider: Tue-Thu 11:30am-12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am

Bijouterie Pascal de Rogatis

Bijouterie Pascal de Rogatis has taken pride in celebrating Creole culture and tradition through the creation of jewelry since 1946. Rings, earrings, necklaces and more, all reflecting the traditional crafts of the island, are forged into unique and beautiful pieces.
Adresse: 47 rue Isambert, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 71 36 78
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-1pm

Grand Marché

The small and manageable Grand Marché, also known as the Marché aux Épices (Spice Market), has been in use since 1885, operating as the Fort-de-France's main market place, where Martiniquais purchase fresh produce, spices, rum, crafts and souvenirs. The colourful stalls are especially lively in the early mornings, and it is worth getting up to see.
Adresse: Rue Antoine Isambert, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 63 58 79
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 6am-4pm, Sat 6am-3pm

Galerie Sophen

Located in the area of Trois Ilets, Galerie Sophen showcases original watercolor creations by artists Sophie and Henry. Each work of art is completely unique (they vow not to sell reproductions, but only original pieces) and depicts gentle island scenes ranging from sailboats to wildlife, all full of colour and life, yet understated and beautiful in their simplicity.
Adresse: 208 Bâtiment Vermeil, Résidence Marina, Trois Ilets
Telefon: +596 596 66 13 64
Åpningstider: Daily 9:30am-12:30pm and 3:30pm-7pm

Couleur Ebene

Couleur Ebene is as much a clothing shop as it is a celebration of African and Caribbean Creole textile tradition and fashion. Each and every piece is meticulously crafted and full of life, colour and vibrancy, yet elegant, honest and quite frankly stunning.
Adresse: 13 Rue Garnier Pages, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 602 129
Åpningstider: Mon, Wed-Fri 9am-2pm and 3pm-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm

La Galleria Shopping Centre

For more general shopping needs you can visit the Galleria shopping centre, a large and modern mall with over 125 shops and services. Clothing and department stores, restaurants, a fitness and health centre, and even a hotel, Galleria really can cater to any need.
Adresse: Acajou, Le Lamentin
Telefon: +596 596 50 66 63
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 9am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm

Rue Victor Hugo

Rue Victor Hugo is Fort-de-France's answer to New York's Fifth Avenue, lined on either side with high-end and refined shopping options. The island's most fashionable residents and visitors come to find the latest trends from the French fashion world, and to indulge in the fine-dining found all along the avenue.
Adresse: Rue Victor Hugo, Fort-de-France

Galeries Lafayette Martinique

The colossus of French department stores has a location near Fort-de-France, in the Galleria shopping centre, which offers everything one might expect. Clothes, accessories, perfumes, bags, toys, shoes, jewelry, suitcases, you name it. Find everything you need in one easy location at Galeries Lafayette.
Adresse: C.C. La Galléria, Le Lamentin
Telefon: +596 596 42 72 70
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 9am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm

Marche aux Fruits et Legumes

The freshest, most succulent and most affordable fruits and vegetables on the island can be found at the Marchá aux Fruits et Légumes in Fort-de-France. Come and wander among the stalls, marvel at the colours and aromas, and sample some of these tropical delights.
Adresse: Avenue Paul Nardal, Fort-de-France

Parfums des Îles

Parfums des Îles is sleek, elegant and modern, and is at the cutting edge of fragrance design and production. Products include soaps, sprays, oils, and of course, perfumes that not only have lovely smell, but also evoke images and feelings of the island.
Adresse: Rue Lamartine, Sainte-Luce
Telefon: +596 696 80 80 04

Aux Couleurs Locales

Aux Couleurs Locales may be a bit out of the way, located as it is just off the highway in Les Anses-d'Arlet, but is well worth a visit. Housed in a small blue bungalow, this gallery displays artist Claude Henry's native art paintings depicting picturesque scenes of Martinican life.
Adresse: D7, Les Anses-d'Arlet
Telefon: +596 596 68 65 54

Centre des Métiers d'Art

Perhaps the best gallery and souvenir shop on the whole island, the colourful and vibrant Centre des Métiers d'Art offers a wide variety of especially beautiful local handicrafts in the form of quilts, painted fabrics, baskets, shells, pottery, and more. Find gifts or mementos to take home with you and cherish for years to come.
Adresse: Downtown Fort-de-France
Telefon: +33 5 96 70 25 01


Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) is located in Le Lamentin, a suburb of Fort-de-France. There are regular flights from many destinations in the Caribbean, as well as Miami, Paris, Montreal, and seasonally from Frankfurt, New York and Boston. As an overseas territory of France, EU immigration laws apply, so some visitors may need a Schengen Visa in order to visit. As for transportation, most large hotels offer complimentary shuttle services from the airport. Private shuttles and taxis can also be arranged, and there are numerous car rental companies located on the premises of the airport.
Adresse: Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport, Le Lamentin
Telefon: +596 596 42 19 95

Public Transport

The main form of public transport on Martinique consists of vans and large Mercedes-Benz cars known as 'Taxis Collectifs' (marked 'TC').They are an affordable and convenient way to get around the island, but they can often get crowded and don't follow a schedule (rarely running past 6pm). Many travelers prefer to rent a car during their stay. Rates are often low and the road infrastructure on the island is very good, making it an easy and convenient way to travel around Martinique.


Taxis can be on the expensive side in Martinique, with a fare from the airport to Fort-de-France costing about €30. A 40% surcharge is added at night and on Sundays and holidays. A 15% tip is also expected. 24-hour Taxi: +596 596 63 10 10 Les Taxis Martiniquais: +596 596 42 16 66


There are daily ferry services, called 'vedettes', between Fort-de-France and a few destinations on the island (Pointe du Bout, Anse-Mitan, Trois-Îlets and Anse-à-l'Ane), each one taking about 20 minutes. They run from 6:20am to 6:30pm, departing about every 30 minutes. There are also a few international ferry services to nearby islands, like Dominica and St. Lucia a few times per week.

Post Office

Post Office (Office De Redoute)
Adresse: Cite de Briand, Fort de France
Telefon: +596 596 59 05 00


Pharmacie du K'Nal
Adresse: 74 Boulevard Allègre, Fort-de-France
Telefon: +596 596 30 11 11


Country code: +596 Area code: 596


Voltage: 220 V Frequency: 50 Hz Power sockets: type C / D / E