Destination Guide: Fort-de-France
Tropical sands and harbourside dining with a French
Martinique's capital wears its Gallic heart on its sleeve.
See the imposing Fort then hire a jeep to your
rainforest-edged beach paradise. Sip pre-dinner
apéros back at the harbour.
Food and Drink
Savour melting pot of flavours. Get to the fish market
before 9am to see boats offload their catch, then breakfast
on croissants with guava jam. Choose good French and Creole
restaurants around Fort-de-France's Rue Victor Hugo. Foaming
Lorraine beer and crawfish
fricassée stews are island specialities.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Bask in barefoot luxury or take on a white-knuckle
adventure. Unwind in spas and on pristine sands, or hike
inland through verdant rainforest. Soar over mangroves by
helicopter or ride horses through the shoal at
L'Hippocampe, just east of the capital in Lamentin.
Kayaking in the island's southern
Sainte-Anne region, and the 1397-metre climb up
Mount Pelée provide natural highs.
Save on French fashions and take home a taste of the
tropics. Martinique's rum is among the world's finest. Try
before you buy at
Dillon distillery. Visit vast shopping malls for
discounted couture or buy handmade coral souvenirs.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Dress up for rhythms and roulette.
L'Atrium stages the island's best classical music.
Catch a dance troupe at your hotel or take a gamble at
Casino Batelière, 10 minutes' drive from
Schoelcher. Dance to local, rhythmic
zouk music in the island's clubbing hotspots.