Information & Facts
The average monthly temperatures in Martinique are surprisingly
constant. This stability is due to the refreshing breezes that blow
from the northeast, known as the trade winds
(Les Alizés). The dry season is December through May, while
June through November is the more humid season. However rain
showers can occur at any time throughout the year. Average air
temperatures in coastal regions range from 72ºF - 86ºF (22ºC -
30ºC) while the inland areas average from 66ºF - 81ºF (9ºC - 27º
C). The rainforests are naturally slightly cooler and warmer
coastal waters average between 68ºF and 74ºF (20ºC and 23ºC).
Hurricanes may occur any time from June through November and are
most common in September.
The international dialling code for Martinique is +596. The
outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g.
0044 for the United Kingdom). As there are no coin phones, a
Télécarte (phone card) makes local and international calls easier
and less expensive. They are sold at Post Offices and other outlets
Télécarte en Vente Iciand are used in special booths marked
Télécomfound all over Martinique. Many phones now accept
VISA, MasterCard or other credit cards for long distance calls.
Instant Internet connection is not yet widely available in
Unlike many tropical islands, Martinique has a thriving economy
and is not solely dependent on tourism. Relaxed, informal clothing
is acceptable around town, but scanty beach wear and short-shorts
are considered improper in urban areas. The only officially
designated clothing-optional beaches in the French islands are in
Guadeloupe and St. Martin. At hotel pools and at beaches near
hotels, topless swimming and sunbathing is common.
Those travelling to Martinique may import the following goods
duty-free: 200 cigarettes/50 cigars/250g tobacco, two litres of
liquor, and perfume, gifts and film in amounts reasonable for
personal use. Currency must be declared on arrival.
Electrical current in Martinique is 220 volts (50Hz).
European round pin attachment plugs are in use.
Medical and health care facilities in Martinique are on a par
with those of France and are considered to be some of the best in
the French West Indies. Specialist treatment is also available.
There are around 20 hospitals and clinics located on the island,
the largest of them being Hospital Pierre Zobda Quikman, which has
24-hour emergency room. Travellers should be up to date on common
vaccinations like Hepatitis A and B, tetanus, and measles boosters
before travelling to Martinique. Medical insurance is advised.
French is the official language of Martinique, but
Antillean Creole (Créole Martiniquais) is mostly spoken amongst
islanders. English is typically spoken only in the larger hotels
and tourist areas.
The local currency is Euros but US Dollars, traveller's checks
and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Martinique is part of the French Antilles. All foreign
passengers to Martinique must hold a return or onward ticket, the
necessary travel documentation for their next destination, and
sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country.
Schengen visas are also valid for travel to Martinique, provided
they are endorsed as such. Note that a yellow fever vaccination
certificate is required to enter Martinique, if arriving in the
country within six days of leaving or transiting through an
infected area. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport
has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date
of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials
often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and
There is very little crime in Martinique but visitors should
take sensible precautions and avoid isolated areas, including
beaches, after dark and not carry large amounts of cash or
jewellery. Valuables and travel documents should, where possible,
be left in safety deposit boxes and hotel safes.
As in France, tips are usually included in restaurant bills in
Martinique and taxes and service charges are included in hotel