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Rent a car in Fort de France and see all that this picturesque town and the island of Martinique has to offer. A number of interesting sites are far away from the main city so you will need to drive a rental car or get a taxi. The biggest advantage of renting a car is that you can see the sites at your own pace and not wait for a taxi or be part of a tour group.

It's your choice: Where to go in Fort de France?

The majority of people arriving in Fort de France will fly into Aéroport International Martinique Aime Cesaire. This is the main airport for the island of Martinique and is a busy hub with flights coming in from the USA and France. Try to plan your trip in May or early June to enjoy the best weather and the smallest crowds. Summer and autumn are the times for most hurricanes and, December to April the crowds tend to be larger and hotel prices higher. If you would like to be in the area for Carnival in December, book at least four months in advance and expect to pay premium prices for accommodation.

What to do in Fort de France?

St Louis Cathedral Fort de France is one of the most popular attractions in the city. This Metallic Style structure was built in 1895 and is the sixth building to stand on this spot. Venture inside to admire the pulpit and altar that both date from the late nineteenth century. Schoelcher Public Library was built in 1887 and is an architectural wonder. The building itself is worth a look but you should take the time to go inside and appreciate the incredible art and book collection which was donated by the estate of the abolitionist Victor Schoelcher. The botanical garden Jardin de Balata is the perfect place to escape the city heat and relax for a few hours. The park is just outside of Fort de France and is easy to get to with a rental car. Plage de l'Anse Madame is one of the most popular beaches in Fort de France. The water is clear and calm and the sand is soft. This is an ideal beach for families.

Important infos about Fort de France

Food is a very important part of the culture of Fort de France and you should try at least one of the speciality dishes. Popular options include stuffed crab, cod fritters, conch ravioli and barbecued chicken. Rum is the traditional drink on the island and what sets this rum apart from the others is that on Martinique the rum is made from fresh cane juice instead of the leftovers from the sugar making process. Martinique is known as the island of flowers thanks to the wide variety of flora that grow there. Take some time to visit a few of the famous parks and gardens and enjoy these floral wonders. Rent a car in Fort de France and make sure that you can visit these gardens with ease and on your own time.

Weather in Fort de France
Facts
Country France
Language French
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Atlantic Standard Time
Country Code +596

Good to know

In Martinique, people drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left. Book to rent a car in Fort de France well in advance to guarantee availability and get the best prices. It is easy to travel to Martinique by ferry. There are daily ferries running from the islands of St.Martin, Guadeloupe, St.Lucia, Dominica, and Barbados. You can fly to Martinique directly from a number of major USA cities such as New York and Miami. There are plenty of flights between the islands the surrounding islands and Martinique. Those flying from Europe will find direct flights from France to Fort de France on a regular basis. The island is an overseas region of France so everyone speaks French. The majority of locals can speak English and this is certainly true in the capital. You may need some basic French to get by when you travel away from the city.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Fort de France

If you drive to the northern part of Martinique, you can explore the magnificent Carbet Mountains. A still active volcano, Mount Pelée is the island's highest point and the perfect playground for experienced hikers and climbers. In the Regional Nature Park, several hiking trails will take you through lush rainforest, past waterfalls and endless flora and wildlife. An example of the diversity of the islands landscape, the Petrified Savannah, on the south side of the island, is a dry and desert-like environment that once housed ancient fossils. No visit to a tropical island without beaches! Grande Anse des Salines is the most popular, but there are plenty of other, more secluded, beaches to enjoy. Plage de Diamant is great for water sports and gives you a view of the famous Diamond Rock. Hidden away behind trees and hills, Anse Noire is a peaceful, black sand beach perfect for snorkellers.

What to bring your friends from Fort de France

Fort de France is considered one of the top shopping destinations in the Caribbean and you can find almost anything from jewellery to fine perfumes there. Visit Parfum des Iles and take home one of their home-made perfumes or soaps for a loved one. Traditional gifts from the island include shell necklaces or bracelets, creole style clothing, wooden crafts, beaded necklaces, and rum. The majority of visitors to the island buy rum or rum cakes as a gift for friends back home. A gem of a shop in Fort de France is Lauzea. Run by two brothers, this shop sells delicious chocolates, sweets, liqueurs and even cosmetics based on the magical cocoa bean.You would probably need two of whatever you buy – one for a gift, and one for yourself.