Martinique is volcanic in origin and is a mountainous stunner crowned by the still-smoldering Mont Pelée, the volcano that wiped out the former capital of St-Pierre in 1902. Offering a striking diversity of landscapes and atmospheres, Martinique is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated island that boasts stunning beaches, superb hiking, top-notch culinary experiences, an enormous array of activities and rich cultural life.
Numerous scattered ruins and other historical monuments reflect the richness of Martinique’s sugarcane plantation past, rhum, and the legacy of slavery. Called the Rum Capital of the World, it is widely considered the best gourmet island in the Caribbean.
Martinicans work hard and enjoy their time off, celebrating everything from le fin de la semaine (the weekend) to Indian feast days, sailboat races, and Carnival. Once you experience it, you’ll be back. To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on Martinique, visit here. Now view our Martinique Travel Guide to help plan your next Caribbean vacation!
Martinique has a tropical and humid climate with an average temperature of 75°- to 85° F. The climate is moderated by trade winds, which bring refreshing breezes from the northeast throughout the year. The rainy and humid season is from June to October, but in general rainstorms pass quickly and the sun shines on most days. The island is vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average. December through May is considered the dry season. The warm coastal water temperatures stay between 68º and 74º F.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to visit Martinique is either May. Temperatures stay consistent in the 80s throughout the year, but there is a chance of hurricanes in summer and fall. Planning a trip for late spring will ensure you squeeze your vacation in before the worst storms hit, and that you also avoid the crowds and marked-up prices of the island’s peak season, from December to April.
Best Martinique Beaches
Families can’t stay away from Les Salines beach in the village of Ste-Anne for several reasons. The clear waters here are calm enough for children to play freely. There are plenty of food vendors walking the sand hawking tasty Martiniquais treats. And there are restrooms and accessible showers to rinse your little ones off before making the trip back to the hotel. Les Salines is absolutely breathtaking, with miles of palm trees and glistening sand.
Anse Turin is a nice sandy half moon beach. It is calm and a nice beach for families. On a clear day, you can see nearby islands off in the distance.
Anse Dufour is part of the group of Les Anses d’Arlet and is tucked away on a hillside corner. This beach is easy to miss, so keep your eye out for it!
Anse Noire is a black-sand beach reached by a long staircase, but it’s well worth the trip. It’s located in a protected bay with terrific snorkeling. You’ll also find the eclectic Domaine de Robinson hotel on this beach.
Grand Anse is one of the more popular beaches on Martinique. It has a lot to offer as far as activities go on the beach. This beach is also well protected from rough waters, making it great for swimming and boating, with the boat dock right on the beach.
Best Martinique Tours & Activities
Martinique Shore Excursion – Unmissable Martinique North tour
If you have only a limited time on land, make the most of it on this north Martinique shore excursion. In a small group, visit a rum distillery, black-sand beach, historic ruins, and more. Learn more about the Unmissable Martinique North Tour Shore Excursion.
Small-Group Tour: Unmissable Martinique with Rum Distillery, Ruins, and More
Make the most of a short amount of time in Martinique on this tour of the island’s most unmissable attractions, including a rum distillery, black sand beach, and historical ruins. This guided small-group tour provides commentary throughout so that you gain a more complete understanding of Martinique’s history and culture, and it gives you a taste of Martinique’s local flavors through rum tastings. Learn more about the Martinique Tour with Rum Distillery, Ruins and More.
Caribbean Dolphins (Swimming with Sea Turtles)
Embark aboard a traditional modern boat equipped with a awning and let yourself be guided by Captain Greg to discover the Caribbean coast. During this 3 hours outing, the captain heads south to the coves of Arles to discover his sea coves and turtles, you can observe without touching the green turtle. Then make a stop at the diamond ridge and in a natural pool with coral in the village of the coves d’arlet for a swim and a Creole snack (fresh juice, planter, fresh fruit and its famous ti punch). Learn more about the Caribbean Dolphins (Swimming with Sea Turtles).
Authentic Tour of Southern Martinique
Combine the sights of southern Martinique on this culturally-focused half-day tour from Fort-de-France. With your guide, immerse yourself in the local culture through visits to a pottery studio, a distillery, and Diamond Rock. Hotel pickup and drop-off included. Learn more about the Authentic Tour of Southern Martinique.
Creole Cuisine Cooking Class and Rum Tasting at La Mauny Distillery
French culinary tradition, Caribbean ingredients, West African influence, and Native American heritage all mingle to create the distinct flavor of Martinique’s Creole cuisine. Learn about the cultural heritage of the island through its food during this hands-on cooking class in the garden of La Mauny Distillery. Cook and enjoy a 3-course Creole-style lunch with an appetizer, main course, and dessert before heading on a distillery tour, rum tasting, and visit to a nearby beach. Learn more about the Creole Cuisine Cooking Class & Rum Tasting.
Best Martinique Restaurants
La Mandoline $31 – 60
Inside this adorable complex of shops and restaurants, about 1km down a dirt road from the main road, is the most charming restaurant in Trois-Îlets. Choose between sitting outside surrounded by greenery, or inside the historic building’s cozy dining room, before sampling the famous piña colada and then perusing the refined gourmet-style traditional French cooking on the menu. For more information call 596-69-48-38, or visit them on the web at La Mandoline.
Beach Grill $11 – 30
This hugely popular sand-floor place on Carbet’s beach (about 4km south of St-Pierre) is very professionally run, with attentive staff and an excellent menu of fresh seafood and meat dishes. The salads are huge – if somewhat unwieldy in their boatlike presentation jugs – and the fish is fresh and delicious. For more information call 596-78-34-02, or visit them in the web at Beach Grill.
Restaurant 1643 $31 – 60
This delightful restaurant is in the same historic property as the Hotel de l’Anse, even though it’s separately run. The name refers to the year in which the Habitation Anse Latouche was founded, and 1643 is the best place in St-Pierre for an extravagant gastronomic experience. The house specialty is magret de canard (duck fillet) with foie gras. For more information call 596-78-17-81, or visit them on the web at Restaurant 1643.
Le Mabouya $31 – 60
This superb restaurant is one worth splurging on, with a fantastic and inventive French-Creole menu that is way more sophisticated than your average Martinique beach shack. Try signature dishes such as lobster ravioli, scallops with risotto or just the life-affirming crème brûlée. Reservations are a good idea. For more information call 596-62-11-01, or visit them on the web at Le Mabouya.
La Table de Mamy Nounou $31 – 60
This much-lauded restaurant at the Hôtel Restaurant Caravelle is a winner, thanks to its breezy veranda with lovely sea views, sophisticated mains and wonderful homemade desserts. Stand-out dishes might include grenadin de porcelet (larded fillet of suckling pig) and lamb with aromatic herbs. The flambéed-banana dessert is a treat, but do be mindful of the restrictive opening hours. For more information call 596-58-07-32, or visit them on the web at La Table de Mamy Nounou.
Best Martinique Bars & Nightlife
High-quality DJs from across the Caribbean, an easygoing island crowd One of the hottest and most enjoyable clubs in Martinique. Banging out a frothy brew of house, top 40, soca, reggae, zouk, hip hop and more. Whether you book bottle service or just show up to dance, you’ll experience an old-school- style club night where Chuck Taylors are welcome and the dance floor is the center of the show. For more information call 812-482-5555, or visit them on the web at Maximus Nightclub.
Soho Beach Bar
Soho is the only sports bar on the island. Swing by and grab your favorite drink and watch your favorite team on one of our flat screens. Don’t miss out on your favorite team just because you are on vacation. They also offer complementary food at the bar, it may be pizza, burgers or hotdogs depending on the day. They have a DJ if you decide you need to dance a bit. Grab your vouchers and swing by for a good time. For more information visit them on the web at Soho Sports Bar.
Le Cloud Rooftop Bar
Enjoy a nice rooftop, sunset, cocktails, wine, music, lounge, live music, a night full of surprises. Stop by for a view overlooking all of Fort de France. The bar has entertainment almost every night, so sit back and enjoy an appetizer and a nice cocktail. This is an exclusive bar, so you will feel like a celebrity once you are here. This bar has the NYC/LA feel to it, with the loft like furniture. For more information call 596-673-376, or visit them on the web at Le Cloud Rooftop Bar.
Casino Batelière Plaza offers table games and slot machines in a fun and friendly environment. Stop by and try your luck at one of the games in a Caribbean style casino. Print out a voucher and receive a free drink just for stopping by. For more information call 596-617-323, or visit them on the web at Casino Batelière.
Complexe Le Crazy (Nights)
This club remains popular because it’s all about having one crazy time. With upward of 1,000 partying people, your chances of enjoying yourself are good. Live concerts are frequent, but dancing and hip-swinging are the priorities. Islanders are drawn to this club, and some young ‘n’ fun tourists follow suit. Like most clubs here, Crazy Nights has a hefty entrance fee, especially if there’s a popular group in concert. For more information call 696-107-052, or visit them on the web at Complexe Le Crazy (Nights).
Top Martinique Hotels
Hotel Corail Residence
This hotel overlooks the Caribbean sea above a magnificent white sand beach, the Anse Mabouya. The Residence is located in a very quiet environment with a splendid view of the sea and the famous Diamond Rock. The south of Martinique is well known for its beautiful beaches and numerous water activities.The Corail Hotel Residence comprises 26 units distributed over two buildings. All the studios are equipped with: individual regulated air conditioning.
Providing free WiFi throughout the property, a sun terrace with a swimming pool, shared lounge and garden, Apolline is located in Fort-de-France. The guest house features family rooms. Continental breakfast served daily.
Boutique Hotel of 17 suites with private pools & gardens. 300m away from the beach, the hotel is nearby the Natural Reserve of the Caravelle. At the restaurant, our Maître d’Hôtel, and his team will guide you through the chef’s delicate creations. The lounge, with its relaxed atmosphere, inspired by the mood of distilleries, awaits you, round off your evening sipping exceptional vintage rums.
L’Appartment de la Baie
L’Appartement de la Baie is set in La Trinité and offers barbecue facilities and a shared lounge. Guests may enjoy free WiFi. This apartment is fitted with a living room and a fully equipped kitchen.
This holiday home comes with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with garden views. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge.