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Fort-de-France is the largest city in and capital of Martinique.

Get in[edit]

Most of those traveling to Martinique will enter through Aimé Cesaire International Airport, located in the suburb of Le Lamentin. Cruise ships often stop in Fort-de-France's harbor.

Get around[edit]

Mopeds, cars, and taxis are the main mode of transportation.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Fort Saint-Louis, a fortress on a peninsula in Fort-de-France harbour constructed during the reign of Louis XIII. It currently houses a French naval base, and parts of the fortress have been turned into a museum and are open to the public.
  • Bibliothèque Schoelcher, One the nicest colonial buildings in town is a library, located next to place de la savane.
  • Le grand marché, rues Blénac et Isambert. Covered market.  edit
  • Cathedral Saint-Louis, rue Victor Schoelcher. First built in 1671, it was damaged by numerous fires and earthquakes before being totally reconstructed in 1890 by the same architect as the Bibliothèque Schoelcher.  edit
  • Place de la Savane.  edit
  • Dillon distillery, 9, route de Chateauboeuf.. A small museum about rum making in the former distillery Dillon. All the rum making process has now moved to a new site.  edit
  • Sacré-Coeur de Balata, a replica of the Montmartre Church in Paris, constructed in 1925 on a cliff surrounded by tropical forest. Open everyday from 8 to noon and 3 to 6.
  • Jardin de Balata, (10 km away on the road to Morne Rouge). Botanical garden with more than 200 species of plants and flowers.  edit
  • Cascade Absalon, Up on the route de Balata, take a left right after the Balata Gardens. Easily accessible waterfall where you can swim in the water basin. Park the car just after the bridge and watch out on the slippery steps.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hike to Cascade Didier, (Take the route de Didier from the rond point du Vietnam heroique. Go all the way up, through the tunnel and now you are in the tropical jungle only 10 min from downtown.). Trail is not marked, park next to the power generator almost at the end of the road. Walk down towards the river, cross the bridge and up on the other side you ll find a tunnel, bring a flash light. The 1st waterfall is now a 15 min walk away up the river, it is around 6 meter high and jumping from the top is possible. The 2nd waterfall is another 45 mins up the river and consist of a 25 m drop in a basin where you can swim. Watch out for the green and purple matoutou spider on the way.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • La Galleria, in Lamentin (near airport), is the island's largest mall, with several European branded stores and others.
  • Fort-de-France's Spice Market offers stalls full of local/unique flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, and herbs and spices.
  • Rue Victor Hugo is Fort-de-France's main shopping street... a Paris-like strip of boutiques, island shops and vendors of fresh fruit and flowers
  • Leader Price, rue Ernest-Deproge. If you re travelling by boat, this is the closest to restock on groceries.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Babaorum, 42 route de Chateauboeuf ((behind Carrefour Dillon)), 05 96 75 03 32, [1]. Lunch and dinner monday to fryday, dinner only on saturdays. Outside bar in a garden and restaurant inside.  edit

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  • Be-flag.png Belgium, Zone Industrielle de la Jambette, 97292 Lamentin - Cedex 2, +596 78 20 80 ().  edit
  • Co-flag.png Colombia, 'Belleven', 97226 Morne Vert, +596 55 54 50.  edit
  • Iv-flag.png Côte d'Ivoire, Quartier Rousseau, 97212 Saint-Joseph, +596 57 68 95.  edit
  • Da-flag.png Denmark, Immeuble Sera, Zone de Manhity, 97232 Le Lamentin, +596 5 9650 5842 ().  edit
  • Dr-flag.png Dominican Republic, Zone du Bac, 97220 La Trinité, +596 596 582 424.  edit
  • Gm-flag.png Germany, c/o Blandin Martinique Energy, Acajou Lamentin, Z.I. Les Mangles, Fort-de-France, +596 596 42 79 21 ().  edit
  • Nl-flag.png Netherlands, 44-46 Avenue Maurice Bishop, 97206 Fort-de-France, +596 596 638 182 ().  edit
  • No-flag.png Norway, Immeuble La Chapelle, Place d'Armes, 97232 Le Lamentin, +596 596 30 05 28 ().  edit
  • St-flag.png Saint Lucia, 3, rue de la Liberátion, 97200 Fort-de-France, +596 596 71 83 50 ().  edit
  • Sp-flag.png Spain, Pointe La Rose, 97231 Le Robert, +596 38 03 47 (fax: +596 96 32 92).  edit
  • Sz-flag.png Switzerland, Centre d'Affaires de Californie II, 97232 Le Lamentin, +596 596 50 12 43 ().  edit
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, Route du Phare, Fort-de-France, +596 61 88 92 (fax: +596 61 33 89).  edit
  • Us-flag.png United States, Hôtel Valemenière, Ste. 615, Avenue des Arawaks, 97200 Fort-de-France, +596 596 75 67 54 (, fax: +596 596 75 69 70).  edit

Get out[edit]

Take the ferry to Trois Islets and enjoy crossing the bay by boat.

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