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.
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.
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.
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 Fort-de-France in Schoelcher. Dance to local, rhythmic zouk music in the island's clubbing hotspots.