Getting around Martinique
Like most of its other Caribbean neighbors,
US and Canadian nationals do not require a visa visit to Martinique;
all they need to carry is a valid passport and they can stay up
to three months on the island. EU member countries need a valid
passport and an official identity card to travel here. Citizens
of most other countries in the world require a valid French visa
and passport to visit here.
At the moment not many international carriers come to Martinique;
however, many regional airlines do land here. American Airlines
and Air France are two of the main international airlines to land
on the island along with regional carriers such as BWIA, LAIT and
the Air Antilles Express. You can also get to Martinique by cruise
ship. Pointe Simon in Fort-de-France
is a frequented port for cruises.
If you are traveling on a budget and seeing some other Caribbean islands
as well, you can reach Martinique by ferry. Daily catamarans ferry
between Martinique and Guadeloupe, Saint
Lucia and Dominica. You can
also travel by yacht to the island as sailing is very popular in Martinique.
Once you are on the island, the best way to get around Martinique
is by bus. The public transport system here is quite good and buses
take you to most parts of the island. Most of the buses are minivans
and are marked TC on top. Taxis are also available for hire on the
island and are a good idea to use if you are in Martinique for a
few days only. Taxis charge around 30 euros from the airport to
the capital, with a 40% surcharge applied if you travel between
8 pm and 6 am.
Boats and bicycles are two other ways of getting around the island, with renting a car idela if you are planning on staying for a while. The road conditions are very good in Martinique, with driving on the right hand side. The other road signs and traffic rules are the same as in Europe. You will find numerous car rental agencies in for-de-France including Avis, Hertz, Budget and Europcar.