Travel informations

All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Martinique. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.Most destinations, including Martinique, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.

Martinique tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States of America for a stay up to 90 days.

European countries and visitors from Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, the Vatican, Singapore, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela do not require a visa.A valid EU ID card is also valid for entry into Martinique. A Schengen visa is not valid for most French territories. A separate visa is required

There are now nonstop flights from the United States on American Airlines, flying out of Miami twice a week. New service by Seaborne Airlines has flights leaving four times a week from San Juan. Most travelers are able to connect in San Juan or in Miami and to Air France, as well, which departs Miami three times a week with a stop in a neighboring island. Canadians wanting to fly direct from their nation also have one option. A direct flight from Canada required that you first make your way to Montréal. Connections can be made in a number of surrounding Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, Guadeloupe, and St. Martin

Geography and Climate

Martinique, part of a group of islands known as the Lesser Antilles, stretches across the entrance to the Caribbean Sea. This archipelago, in the shape of an arc bowed out toward the Atlantic Ocean, extends for 450 miles from the Virgin Islands southward, almost to the coast of South America. The northern part of the group is called the Leeward Islands; the southern half, the Wind-ward Islands. Many of the islands are the result of volcanic eruptions forcing the ocean bed up 10,000 or more feet. From prehistoric times, this string of islands has stretched across the throat of the Caribbean like a chain of smoldering furnaces about to burst into flame.

It is customary to speak locally of the period from December to May as the dry season when, in fact, some lowering of precipitation and temperature occurs. Throughout the year, however, the mean temperature in the capital, Fort-de-France, varies only slightly, from a low of 76°F to a high of 81°F, while humidity ranges from 65 to 95%. The weather fluctuates from hour to hour; rain showers are quickly followed by bright and sunny weather, and the heat is almost invariably lifted by the trade winds. The relief brought by these prevailing easter-lies makes an otherwise difficult climate more comfortable, particularly in the evenings.

Because of the consistently high temperature and humidity, insects are numerous; lack of screening makes them particularly noticeable. Rust and mildew must be continually combatted.

Guadeloupe is actually two islands, the mountainous Basse-Terre and the flat Grande-Terre, which together resemble the shape of a butterfly. Separated by the Rivière Salée, the islands are connected by a drawbridge. The highest point is the volcano Soufrière, which rises 4,850 feet. November through April are usually the coolest and driest months. Temperatures vary from 74°F in January to 87°F in August; humidity varies from 77% in April to 85% in August.

French Guiana, the largest of France's overseas departments, with an area of 32,252 square miles, is situated in the northeast corner of South America. Suriname is on the west, and Brazil on the east and south. The land consists of low-lying coastal plains, with tropical forest to low hills. The climate is sub-equatorial, and the temperature averages 80°F throughout the year. Annual rainfall amounts to more than 100 inches, with the wet season extending from December through June.

Martinique enjoys a year-round tropical climate, but it is most popular during the dry season, from December to May.

On average, the temperatures are always high.

A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the months: May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

On average, the warmest month is September.

On average, the coolest month is January.

September is the wettest month.

March is the driest month

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