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There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Martinique each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

Mid-February: Carnival (local event)

In Fort-de-France, Carnival is an occasion for four days of jubilation. Locals don costumes and parade in the streets. The city centre thus becomes a gigantic touring show.

March or April: Easter Monday (national holiday)

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.

June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)

Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets of Fort-de-France and at various venues around Martinique.

July 14: Bastille Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution. It plays as a symbol of the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. Festivities include a fireworks display set off from the beach in front of the Caribbean Sea. Wonderful!

August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)

This celebration, still very popular in Martinique, is marked by the faithful with several religious ceremonies.

Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up sites and monuments such as castles and private collections, many of which are normally closed to the public. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll to admire some architectural treasures!

November: Fort-de-France International Half-Marathon (local event)

Drawing more than 2,000 professional and amateur competitors from around the world, this much-anticipated annual sporting event also offers a festive atmosphere: pre-dawn warm-ups are accompanied by the sounds of hand drums. Additional highlights include demonstrations of roller-skating and other fitness pursuits as well as folk and hip-hop dancing.

November 1 and 2: All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (celebrated nationwide)

On both days, candles placed on graves fill all of the cemeteries with light. Families gather to pay their respects and clean the gravestones of their departed loved ones. Prayers and conversations continue into the evening.

November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)

On this day, citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War. In Martinique, commemorations focus on the intergenerational transmission of memory, with ceremonies attended by many schoolchildren.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

December 31 : New Year's Eve (national event)

On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Fort-de-France, with families and friends celebrating the new year.

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Fort-de-France and Martinique have a humid, tropical climate. There are two distinct seasons: a dry season, called Carême (Lent), which extends from December to April, and a wet season (often with quite heavy rainfall) called Hivernage (Wintering), which extends from mid-June to November. Between these two main seasons, there are two intermediate periods neither entirely dry nor entirely rainy. The water remains warm year-round and its temperature can exceed 28°C (82°F) between July and October. However, a cooler climate prevails in the mountainous regions, due to their higher altitude. Tropical storms can bring heavy rains to Fort-de-France, causing landslides on occasion.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 21/70 28/82 96/3.8 Good period to go Good period to go
February 21/70 29/84 68/2.7 Good period to go Good period to go
March 21/70 29/85 59/2.3 Good period to go Good period to go
April 22/72 30/86 82/3.2 Good period to go Good period to go
May 23/73 30/86 126/5.0 Good period to go Good period to go
June 23/73 30/86 160/6.3 Not the best period to go
July 23/73 30/86 214/8.4 Not the best period to go
August 23/73 30/86 227/8.9 Not the best period to go
September 23/73 31/88 232/9.1 Not the best period to go
October 23/73 30/86 221/8.7 Not the best period to go
November 22/72 30/86 230/9.1 Not the best period to go
December 21/70 29/84 126/5.0 Good period to go Good period to go
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Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport

The Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport is located in the town of Le Lamentin, about 9 kilometres (5.5 miles) south of Fort-de-France.

  • 1 terminal

Getting from the airport to Fort-de-France and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A1 motorway in 8 minutes.
    • P1 parking is free for the first 5 minutes in the lot opposite the terminal (1,600 spots available). The charge is EUR 1 for 5 to 35 minutes.P2 long-term parking is also available, EUR 19 per day.
    • There is a drop-off zone at the airport (P0) where parking is free for 10ten minutes.
    • Several car rental companies have counters at the airport.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside exit D of the arrivals hall. The fare to the city centre is around EUR 25, with an extra EUR 10 charged at night.

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Getting around Martinique is quite easy because the island offers many different transport options. Bus and taxi remain the simplest and most practical modes of transportation though.

By bus

The MozaiK network (www.mozaik.mq) operates 61 bus routes, half of which serve the city and suburbs of Fort-de-France. Buses run from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. The main bus station is on Boulevard du Général de Gaulle. A single ticket costs EUR 1.45.

Useful tip: The Pass'Crusoé offers unlimited travel across the whole MozaiK network for 1 day (EUR 4.20). The Pass Hebdo Liberté (EUR 12) gets you a week's worth of travel, and is activated on first use.

By shared taxi

Without a doubt the best way to get around the island. Known in Martinique as "taxi-co" (for taxis collectifs), these shared taxis operate on weekdays, starting very early in the morning and running roughly every half hour until 6 p.m. It is worth noting, though, that they do not leave until they are full, so you may have to wait a little longer than expected. Stops are generally signposted, and fares range from EUR 3.50 to EUR 11.50, depending on the destination.

By taxi

Private taxis are a relatively expensive way to get around Martinique. In addition, if you take one between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. or on Sundays, a 40% supplement is tacked on to the fare. Taxi ranks are mainly located at the airport and outside the major hotels.

By car

Exploring the island and Fort-de-France in a rental car is definitely an option to consider. The main roads are excellent and almost all of them are paved. However, secondary roads and those winding through the mountains are often quite narrow. Several car rental companies have locations in Fort-de-France and elsewhere in Martinique.

By boat

Maritime services are an ideal way to avoid the traffic jams when trying to get into Fort-de-France. Boat ferries connect the city centre with the village of Les Trois-Îlets, with a travel time of about 20 minutes. A round-trip ticket costs EUR 7.00.

By bicycle

Getting around Martinique by bicycle is best avoided. Bike lanes are not yet a common fixture on the streets of Fort-de-France or on roads in the rest of the island and there are very few cycling paths.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Fort-de-France, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Centre Martinique Tourist Office

Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Other tourist offices in Martinique

Tourist offices are located at various destinations throughout Martinique, providing useful information and recommendations for your stay in each area.

  • Tourist Office of Les Trois-Îlets
    • Address: Place Gabriel Hayot, 97229 Les Trois Îlets
    • Telephone: +596 (0)5 96 68 47 63

French Travel Guide

The official tourism website of France has plenty of information available on Fort-de-France.

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR).

JPY1 = €0.01

€1 = JPY100

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

There are a number of hospitals and health clinics, surgeries and health specialists in Fort-de-France. See your doctor before you travel, and make sure you have travel insurance that covers medical costs and medical repatriation.


There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:


Tap water is safe to drink in Martinique.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for France

Entry requirements for the French overseas departments (Réunion, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Mayotte) are different from those applicable in mainland France. Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation do not need to carry a visa. To view the list of other countries whose citizens or nationals may travel to Martinique without a visa, or for information on the types of travel documents required, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


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Useful addresses

Directory of foreign embassies and consulates in France

Contact information for the embassies and consulates of your country is accessible in the directory of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Fort-de-France, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Martinique a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bonjour (morning)</em>

Good evening: Bonsoir Good evening: <em>Bonsoir</em>

Goodbye: Au revoir Goodbye: <em>Au revoir</em>

Yes: Oui Yes: <em>Oui</em>

No: Non No: <em>Non</em>

No, thank you: Non, merci No, thank you: <em>Non, merci</em>

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup Thank you very much: <em>Merci beaucoup</em>

Please: S'il vous plaît Please: <em>S'il vous plaît</em>

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas I don't understand: <em>Je ne comprends pas</em>

Could you repeat?: Pouvez-vous répéter ? Could you repeat?: <em>Pouvez-vous répéter ?</em>

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it?: <em>Quelle heure est-il ?</em>

Sorry: Pardon
Excuse me: Excusez-moi Sorry: <em>Pardon</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Excusez-moi</em>

Airport: Aéroport Airport: <em>Aéroport</em>

Train station: Gare Train station: <em>Gare</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hôtel Hotel: <em>Hôtel</em>

Hospital: Hôpital Hospital: <em>Hôpital</em>

Bank: Banque Bank: <em>Banque</em>

Telephone: Téléphone Telephone: <em>Téléphone</em>

I'm (…): Je suis (…) I'm (…): <em>Je suis (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Je recherche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quel est le prix de (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Avez-vous (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Où puis-je trouver (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Où puis-je acheter (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…) I'd like (…): <em>Je voudrais (…)</em>

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Good to know

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There is no daylight savings time in Martinique


Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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In Martinique like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.

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