Measuring 80 kilometers long from north to south and 39 kilometers wide at the widest point, it boasts a spectacular variety of natural scenery that is absolutely every traveler’s dream.
Getting to Martinique is very simple by air from Europe, Canada, the US and the Caribbean. It is also possible to come by sea to Martinique from other Caribbean islands.
Travelers arriving from mainland France are only required to present a national identity card.
However, if your flight requires you to transit through another country, you will need to have a valid passport.
Outside of France and the Overseas Territories, Martinique’s entry requirements for visitors arriving for a short-term stay (not exceeding three months) are as follows:
If your country of departure is not on this list, you will require a visa to enter Martinique.
Another important thing to know: You must be in possession of a return ticket upon arrival and be able to show proof of this at the airport.
The rules previously applying to travelers to France no longer apply as of August 1, 2022. You therefore have no COVID-19 related formalities to worry about.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for entering Martinique. However, several are recommended:
Aquatic Activities in Martinique
Marine biodiversity is fragile and requires the utmost vigilance from all.
Keep these few rules in mind to avoid disturbing this invaluable and rich ecosystem:
Fishing Zones :
NB: The capture of marine animals and the harvesting of any living or dead marine organisms from the animal or plant world is strictly prohibited.
Hiking in Martinique
In Martinique, you will definitely be amazed by the hiking opportunities.
Our island enjoys a very rich ecosystem with hugely diverse scenery that you can discover along 180 kilometers of marked trails.
Before setting out on an adventurous trip, we have a few bits of advice:
Some practical information to discover the treasures and 1001 beauties of our island in the respect of all.
Welcome to Martinique!
As using public transport can be restrictive and limit your freedom to explore, you will no doubt be using a car to get around. Rest assured, Martinique is a French department and so the driving rules are quite similar to those in mainland Europe. Note that special speed limitations may apply in hilly areas of the island. Hitch-hiking is also quite common and you will have no trouble getting around the island in this way.
To drive on the island, you just need a driving license and to be at least 18. However, most rental agencies will only rent vehicles to people aged 21 years and older and who have held a driving license for at least a year.
When at the wheel, vigilance is key.
Driving at night is more challenging as roads are often winding and unlit. After nightfall, we recommend using shuttle buses or calling a taxi if you feel uncomfortable driving a car.
Rum, spices, coffee, perfume, textiles, seashells... You’ll no doubt want to take a little souvenir of this paradise home. However, for ethical and sanitary reasons, you cannot take everything you want home in your suitcase.
In terms of local products, there are no special restrictions. Plants, shells and any other living organisms, on the other hand, must be left in their natural habitat.
Martinique enjoys a tropical climate and welcomes visitors all year round.
Martinique is in the America/Martinique time zone.
Martinique is a low-risk travel region.
The temperature of the sea varies between 27°C and 30°C / 80.6°F - 86°F. Ready for a nice dip?
Although on the other side of the Atlantic, Martinique remains part of France. To call Europe, just dial the number as usual, including the country code. No country code is required to call mainland France.
Sharks are present in the Caribbean Sea, but no attacks have been recorded in Martinique and they do not come close to the coast.
The cyclone season runs from June to the end of November. There is no reason to worry, though. Simply keep an eye out for weather warnings.
In Martinique, the weather is always good. But if you want dream weather right throughout your stay, the best time to come is still October to June.