Where to go?
Know before you go
Know before you go
Maison de la France – 178 Piccadilly - London W1Y 0AL - t 0906 824 4123 - www.franceguide.com
Embassy of France – 58 Knightsbridge - London SW1X 7JT - t 0207 073 1000 - http://www.ambafrance-uk.org
Republic of Ireland
Maison de la France – 30 Merrion Street - Dublin 4 - t 01 672 6172 - www.franceguide.com
Embassy of France – 36 Ailesbury Road - Dublin 4 - t 01 277 5000 - http://www.ambafrance.ie/
When to go
Temperatures vary very little during the year and are always around 28°C.
The best time to visit Martinique is during the dry season, which runs from late January to late April. The other months are rainier. Hurricanes sometimes hit the island in September-October.
Martinique is on GMT-4. So, when it is 12noon in London and Dublin, it is 7 or 8am in Fort-de-France depending on the season.
European Union nationals are required to hold a valid passport.
Unaccompanied minors must also have an authorisation from their parents.
An international driving licence is mandatory to rent a car, motorbike or 80cm3 scooter.
As all the usual tropical diseases have been eradicated, there is no particular health risk.
No vaccinations are compulsory, except for passengers travelling from countries where yellow fever or cholera is endemic.
Take the usual first-aid kit: sun cream, painkillers, disinfectant, plasters and mosquito repellent.
Travel insurance is advisable (automatically provided by some bank cards).
There is a wide range of websites devoted to Martinique, although the vast majority are in French.
www.martinique.org - Official website of the island of Martinique.
www.doitcaribbean.com - Official tourism site of the Caribbean.
www.franceguide.com - Official tourism website of France with links to sites devoted to Martinique that vary depending on the calendar.