Cruise Port Atlas | Fort-de-France, Martinique Day Trips | Attractions

Fort-de-France, Martinique Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Martinique: Star Clippers, Oceania, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Carnival, Costa, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean

Key Attractions: Fort Saint Louise, Saint Louis Cathedral, La Savane, Balata, Spice Market, Botanical Garden, Church of the Sacred Heart, Anse les Salines, Anse Noire, Anse Ceron, Saint Pierre, Volcanological Museum, Mount Pelee, Rainforest

Jardin de BalataFort-de-France Attractions

Port to City Center - 1 KM from Pointe Simon, 2 KM from Passenger Terminal; less than 5 minutes by taxi

Fort-de-France's Fort Saint Louis was originally built during the 17th century and is still an active Naval facility for the French Navy. The Cathedral Saint Louis has a 200-foot steeple and is designed in the Baroque style. The current building was completed in 1895. In the city center is the lovely park, La Savane, featuring a sculpture of the Empress Josephine, who was born in Martinique. Though Martinique offers upscale shopping, your best bet is the Spice Market, established in 1901. Not far outside the city is the village of Balata, which includes two lovely sites: the Botanical Garden with many tropical plants and over 200 species of palm trees, and the miniature replica of Paris Montmartre church of the Sacred Heart.

Fort-de-France's Historic forts and buildings   Churches and Colonial Architecture   La Savane and Botanic Garden  

Uneven surfaces and hills    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Les Salines BeachMartinique's Beaches

Port to Anse les Salines - 53 KM, 55 minutes
Port to Anse Ceron - 44 KM, 45 minutes
Port to Anse Noire - 40 KM, 45 minutes

Martinique has many lovely beaches in a variety of styles. The most popular is Anse des Salines which attracts local families and tourists alike. It has a wide expanse of white sand and calm waters, making it ideal for swimmers of any age. Anse Ceron is one of the north's black sand beaches in a more striking setting than the beaches of the south part of the island. Anse Noire is the only black beach south of Fort-de-France and offers a sea bed that offers snorkelers a nice setting for exploration. On the east side of the island, beaches are less crowded and rocky. However, the views are stunning.

Photo by Ian Sewell  

Roman, Medieval and Renaissance   Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca   Italian College Town  

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Martinique's former capital - Saint PierreSaint-Pierre

Port to Saint-Pierre - 32 Km, 30 minutes

Saint-Pierre was known as the "Paris of the Caribbean" in the 19th century, but in 1902 Mount Pelee erupted and killed all but two of its 30,000 residents, destroying one of the Caribbean's most cosmopolitan cities. Today, it is a popular place to visit for its historic ruins and the Volcanological Museum, which tells the story of the eruption. The city was not destroyed by lava but, like Pompeii, by pyroclastic flow - extremely hot gases flowing down from the volcano.

Photo by Jean and Nathalie

History of the eruption   Volcano science   Volcanological Museum and Ruins  

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

View of Mount PeleeMartinique's Rainforest and Mount Pelee

Port to Morne Rouge - 27 KM, 30 minutes
Port to Parc Naturel Regional de la Martinique - 5 KM, 10 minutes

Scenic hikes in the National Park rainforest or on the slopes of Mount Pelee are among the most popular ways to discover the tropical ecosystems of the island. Mount Pelee (Bald Mountain) is Martinique's most dominant geological feature and one of the Caribbean's most active volcanoes. The last major eruption was in 1902 and volcanologists predict that future violent eruptions are likely, but that they will be preceded by a period of activity which will allow preparation for the local population. Morne Rouge is the most popular entry point for the Mountain.

 

History of the eruption   Volcano science   Volcanological Museum and Ruins   Hiking in the Rainforest  

 

Difficult Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible