Martinique

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Martinique is a sailing charter holiday paradise. Fantastic beaches and fabulous local cuisine, amazing hiking through lush rainforests and some incredible dive sites make this a superb choice for your Caribbean sailing adventure.

The north of the island is mountainous and has large rainforests covering its expanse. Dramatic pitons and land features are evident, from Piton Conil which dominates the Dominica Channel to Mount Pelee standing at 1397 meters, still-smouldering this dormant volcano wiped out Martinique’s former capital of St-Pierre in 1902.

An inland tour or hike with nature-watching on the slopes of the volcano is very popular. The grey and black sand beaches have been created by volcanic ash. These are in stark contrast to the beautiful white sands of Les Salines in the south.

The south of the Island is busier due to its beautiful beaches, impressive land formations and availability of local facilities, bars, and restaurants. There are many fashionable and sophisticated shops and restaurants in this area catering to all tastes and budgets.

Dotted along the coasts are many traditional fishing villages that have managed to retain their local seafaring traditions. Le Marin in the south of the island (just a short ride from the airport) is likely to be your embarkation point and is the heart of Martinique’s yachting industry.

It is situated at the end of a beautiful lagoon with all the facilities you could ever need from well equipped chandleries, supermarkets offering both local and European foods and a large variety of bars and restaurants.

Perfect sailing conditions, beautiful coral reefs, rainforests to explore, islands to visit. From snorkeling to vibrant city nightlife Martinique is a premier choice for your Caribbean sailing holiday.

» Beautiful beaches
» Line of sight navigation
» Picturesque harbours
» Abundant marine life
» Diverse sailing options
» Lush rainforests

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Martinique

Martinique's location in the center of the Caribbean's eastern archipelago means the temperature varies usually no more than a few degrees all year round. This stability is attributed to the tradewinds (L’Alizés) which bring refreshing breezes from the northeast throughout the year. December through May is the dry season, while June through November is considered the more humid season. Average air temperatures in coastal areas range from 22° to 30° C (72° to 86° F).

On many other Caribbean islands, rainy and dry seasons can be of major importance, it's hardly noticeable on Martinique. Of course, Martinique's mountainous terrain also plays a part in the temperatures you'll experience. Though Martinique's weather doesn't change much year round, travellers still hold to the usual Caribbean high and low seasons. Martinique is affected by hurricanes during the storm season July-October.


Average Conditions - Martinique:


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature (c)

29

29

29

30

30

31

31

31

31

31

30

29

Low Temperature (c)

19

20

21

23

24

25

25

25

24

24

22

21

Precipitation (mm)

84

64

73

123

148

118

150

198

236

228

220

137

Average Sunshine Hours

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

7

7

7

7


Current Forecast:

Fort De France
Day Temp Wind Wave Vis Weather
Wed
22nd
31°C
E

9 kts

0.6 ft 5 km
Thu
23rd
31°C
ESE

10 kts

1.5 ft 5 km
Fri
24th
31°C
E

11 kts

0.8 ft 6 km
Sat
25th
31°C
E

11 kts

0.7 ft 6 km
Sun
26th
31°C
E

11 kts

0.8 ft 6 km

General Information

International flights:
3 Companies offer direct flights from France (Air France - Air Caraïbes – Corsair)
Martinique's national airline is CTA Air Martinique.

Flight Times:
From London to Martinique is 12 hours (including an average stopover time of 3 hours); and from New York is 6 hours.

Departure Tax:
None.

Passports:
A valid passport is required by all nationals from Britain, Australia, Canada, USA and other EU countries. Note: nationals of France that hold national identity cards.

Visas:
Not required by all nationals referred to above for touristic stays of up to three months provided they hold a valid return ticket.

Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Provisioning:
Supermarket: CHAMPION, 3km from base; LEADER PRICE, 3km from base; ED, 500 m from base; CASINO supermarket in the city centre 1 km away (opening in December 2007)
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sunday 8am - 12am

Pre ordering of provisions is possible.

Transfer facilities:
It can be organized by the base 20-30 min between airport & base.

Airport Taxis: Tel 05-96-42-16-66.
Martinique Taxis 24h / 24: Tel 05-96-63-63-62.
Radios Taxis Services 24h / 24: Tel 05-96-63-10-10.

Port authorities:
Agents are bilingual (French & English).
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8h00 – 18h00 // Sunday & bank holidays: 8h00 – 13h00

Weather forecast:
Météo France forecast are stuck up at harbour master’s office and Total gas station from 8:30 AM
Special announcement are broadcasted in case of Cyclonic alert or tropical wave.
Nautical weather forecast is broadcasted every morning at 6:25 AM on RFO Martinique 13.10 Khz in MA et 92-93.2-94-94.3-94.5-96.5-97.5 Mhz in MF

Language:
The official language is French; a Creole patois is widely used.

Money in Martinique

ATM:
Cards can also be used in ATMs.

Banking hours:
Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1430-1630.

Credit cards:
American Express, Diners Club and Visa are accepted in the major tourist areas. MasterCard has limited acceptance. Cards can also be used in ATMs.

Currency information:
The Euro is the official currency for the French Overseas Departments (Départements d'outre-mer), French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. For further details, see France section. US Dollars are also accepted in some places.

Currency restrictions:
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.

Travellers cheques:
Accepted in most places, and may qualify for discounts on luxury items. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros or US Dollars.

Health in Martinique

Food and drink:
Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available. Drinking water outside main cities and towns may be contaminated and sterilisation is advisable. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

Health care:
A reciprocal health agreement exists between France and the UK. However, the benefits which go with this agreement may not be fully available in Martinique. Check with your doctor before departure. Martinique has 18 hospitals and several specialists and clinics.

Other risks:
Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are well chlorinated and maintained are safe.

Internet:
There are a few Internet cafes in Martinique, predominantly in the cities such as Fort de France and main tourist areas.

Mobile telephone:
Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends throughout the French Antilles and in French Guiana.

Telephone:
There are both payphones and card phones on the island. Télécartes (phonecards) are sold at post offices, newsagents and kiosks. There are only card phones at the airport.

 

 

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