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Martinique : When and where to go?
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Martinique: Climate & Weather
Two seasons divide the year; the dry season that runs between December and April when the weather is sunny with occasional rainstorms and temperatures of around 27°C, and the wet season between June and November with a heavier atmosphere, temperatures of around 30°C and frequent heavy rain.
27°C - 81°F
Fort-de-France, updated 00:00 GMT
What to do in Martinique
The diverse countryside and the relaxed way of life give Martinique a fascinating blend of serenity and vivacity.
Fort de France, the capital, is a vivacious town given a certain calm with its park, La Savanne, and the gardens of the Parc Floral. Visit the St Louis cathedral, the Schoelcher Library and the Regional Museum of History and Ethnography not forgetting the colourful markets with their fragrant spices and fruit.
St. Pierre is the old economical capital of the island, destroyed by a volcanic eruption; it still bears traces of the event through its ruins, some of which have been incorporated into new buildings. The Volcanic Museum gives details of the catastrophe caused by the eruption of the volcano Mount Pélée. You can also visit the distillery and the prison cell of Cyparis that resisted the deadly outburst from the volcano so saving the life of its occupant, Louis Cyparis.
Take the Route de la Trace through the protected tropical forest between the close mountain peaks and discover the church and Gardens of La Balata.
Do not miss a visit to the fishing village of Grand Riviére, protected from modern modifications, with its fish market and the magnificent landscapes you can see as much inland as towards the sea with the island of Dominique hazily outlined in the distance.
The pretty village of Ste Anne will charm you with its lovely beaches and rocks around which you can enjoy diving and discovering the marvels of the underwater sea life.
Martinique : The basics
There are daily flights between France and Martinique.
No visa is required for European citizens.
The currency in circulation is the Euro.
The budget required is quite high, particularly with respect to lodging; a double room will cost around €150 and a reasonable meal approximately €15. It will be more economic to rent a cottage or stay in a guesthouse (around €350 for a week).
There are no particular health precautions you should take when visiting Martinique but protect yourself against AIDS which is fairly prevalent on the island. Watch out for the Manchineel tree by the beaches, a very toxic tree that looks similar to an apple tree. Also beware of venomous snakes in wooded areas. Protect yourself from mosquitoes.
To move around the island a car is the best form of transport. Collective taxis and minibuses also run a frequent service but do not run at weekends. There are ferries that connect Fort de France to the Trois Ilets area.