MARTINIQUE FACTS & TRAVEL TIPS
Official Language: French
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Est. Population: 400,000
Cruise Port City: Fort-de-France
The island's tropical climate averages 80 degrees. As a result, the "dress code" is always "island casual." Anytime is a great time of the year to travel here, however, to avoid crowds and high prices, June to December is off season. Due to the tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time.
Currency is the Euro with U.S. dollars and major credit cards accepted by most establishments. Martinique is on Atlantic Standard Time. French is the official language and some English is spoken by locals. You can make phone calls at stations near the cruise port. Get a local phone card for the best rates. The post office is located in downtown Fort-de-France. Post office hours are 7am-6pm (Monday-Saturday).
Banks are open from 7:30am-12pm and 2:30pm-4pm (Monday-Friday). ATMs are plentiful. Most stores are open 8:30am-6pm (Monday-Friday), 8:30am-1pm (Saturday). Many stores close for lunch. Passports are required for U.S. citizens.
You should drink bottled water when available. Bring sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen lotion. Electricity is different than the U.S., so bring a converter. Bring plenty of film, since film is more expensive in Martinique
Cruise ships dock at Pointe Simon Cruise Dock in Fort-de-France.
The major holidays in Martinique are New Year's Day, Carnival, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, Labor Day, Victory Day, Slavery Abolition Day, Bastille Day, Schoelcher Day, Assumption Day, All Saints' Day, Armistice Day, and Christmas.
The crime rate here is probably less than a major metropolitan city, but visitors should use common sense when out and about.