Martinique is an overseas region of France. As part of France and part of the European Union, its currency is the euro. Stores sell warm baguettes and fragrant pastries and supermarkets sell mostly French products. Martinique is known for its beautiful women. The three Martinicans who ended up beauty queens with royal crowns include: Joséphine, Napoleon’s first Empress; Sultana Valide, favourite of an Ottoman Empire Sultan and mother of a Sultan; and Madame de Maintenon, secretly married to French Sun King Louis XIV of Versailles.
Capital : Fort de France
Area : 1,128 km2
Official language : French although many also speak Antillean Creole.
Population : 386,000
Currency : Euro €
Martinique Yacht Charter “Must Do”
Martinique is one of the most unique destinations in the Caribbean thanks to its French Creole culture and very few American visitors. St. Pierre, known as the Pompeii of the Caribbean, was totally eradicated when volcanic Mt Pelée erupted in 1902 killing all but one of the 26,000 residents in just a few minutes. The sole survivor was an inmate in a prison cell and the ruins here are well worth a visit. Stroll through the winding streets and colourful markets of Fort-de-France, the island’s capital. In the centre of the town the home of Napoleon’s Empress Joséphine is one of the main tourist attractions. Joséphine’s birthplace is near Trois-Îlets, across the bay from Fort-de-France. Rum distilleries abound throughout and all of them welcome visitors to introduce and sample their product.
Martinique Yacht Charter Tourist Information
Martinique is a French overseas département. Please click here to check if you require a visa. All visitors must have a valid passport, and according to their country of origin, some visitors must also have a French visa that includes French overseas départements and regions (DROM). All visas must be issued by the French Embassy before travel begins and a visa will be valid on Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin.
Health and Safety Advice
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (Aéroport International Martinique Aimé Césaire) (FDF) Le Lamentin, Fort-de-France
Martinique is situated in the heart of the Caribbean’s eastern group of islands and average maximum temperatures vary between 29 and 31°C all year. Based on the weather, probably the ideal month to visit is April. Here you will have temperatures at 29°C, little threat of tropical storms, and the college student crowds will be less. June through November will have thundershowers or tropical storms with an average monthly rainfall of 225 mm. This is also the hurricane season.