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Driving is on the right side of the road, like in the U.S. A valid driver's license is needed to rent a car. Minimum age is 21. Most car rental companies in Fort-de-France are open 8 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 until 5 or 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. on Saturdays. At Lamentin Airport, hours depend on international flight schedules. Rates can begin as low as 215F (about $39) a day or 1,400F (about $255) a week, including taxes, insurance and unlimited mileage. Major credit cards are accepted everywhere.
Most people arrive by plane...
Most people arrive by plane into Lamentin International Airport or via cruise ship.You will probably want to rent a car and go exploring, or take an organized tour bus. The locals pile themselves into overcrowded taxis, and everybody's all sweaty and too close together -- an experience only for the truly intrepid adventurers, folks!
Martinique's ultramodern International Lamentin Airport near Fort-de-France, has regular flights daily on American Airlines and European AirlinesFrom Europe with Air France from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport there is a daily fly in the afternoon.You need a car, because is the only way to go around.But you must drive carefully, local drivers are very dangerous! And also the street are dangerous..
The best car rental service in...
The best car rental service in my opinion is :Doudou Services MartiniqueA308 Rés. Marinelle F-97224 DUCOSPhone number : 0596 77 00 10 - 0596 56 05 90Fax : 0596 77 11 08Mobile : 0696 45 56 27E-mail : DOUDOU-SERVICES-MARTINIQUE@wanadoo.frReserve your car before you arrive in Martinique, so that the nice lady that owns this firm can take you at the airport's or ferry's terminal. If I remember she speaks several languages, and the best is that she can provide you a homestay, organize for you trips... Ah, the must is that she gives each customer a 'V.I.P. card' that gives you discounts on many touristic spots (think about it, because many things are expensive on the island, and you will be glad at the end of your trip to have saved dozen and dozen of euros).
France has the best access to...
France has the best access to Martinique. Air France, AOM, Air Liberté and Nouvelles Frontières have daily flights between Paris and Martinique. It's also easy to get to the island from the US. American Airlines flights from Miami, New York and Boston connect at San Juan in Puerto Rico; Air France flies directly from Miami. There's a 30FF departure tax when leaving Martinique, although some air tickets already have the tax included in the fare.Within the Caribbean, Air Martinique, Air Guadeloupe and Air France fly between Martinique and Guadeloupe, St Martin and St Lucia. Antigua-based LIAT connects Martinique with the English-speaking Caribbean.In addition to ferry connections between Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica and St Lucia, Compagnie Générale Maritime has a weekly cargo/passenger boat to France. Cruise ships land at Pointe Simon in Fort-de-France. Yachting is very popular in...
LIAT goes there from other...
LIAT goes there from other Caribbean destinations to the international airport there.Also there is a ferry service from St Lucia,Dominica or GuadeloupeI found the buses to be very cheap and the bus stands easy to find. Get a map to be your guide.
If you're coming from...
If you're coming from Guadeloupe, you have the possibility to get to Martinique by boat... I wouldn't do it because :1) it's a 4 hours tiring travel2) you get sea sickIt's preferable to go by plane, which is more expensive but more conveniant.Transportation is somewhat a problem in Martinique, but if you're not afraid by heavy traffic, you can hire a car, it's the best (and sometimes the only) way to go everywhere. Forget the bus (which only goes around Fort-de-France), the taxi (too expensive), the train (no train here !), the motorcycle (too dangerous !), the bicycle (exhausting).Don't forget to take the boat from Fort-de-France to Trois-Ilets, it's a really nice, unexpensive, 30min route.
Inter-island connections are...
Inter-island connections are avaliable by hover craft. It's a unique experience! When you get off the boat and the lines start forming for customs and you are a North American or EU citizen wave your passport to the officals and you can bypass the long, long lines.A majority of major airlines also service the island.By foot is always the best way to see cities, but if you want to vernture outside of the cities there are organized tours and taxis.
From Europe it is best to...
From Europe it is best to travel via Paris, Martinique is a French department - so there are more cheap flights to be had.- It is also possible to get a ferry from St Lucia.You really need to a hire car to get the most out of the island.
We flew from Paris, France as...
We flew from Paris, France as it was much cheaper than flying from London - Martinique is a French 'Department' (State or county) and so there are more flights from Paris. The runway is very small so the landing is a bit exhilarating - The Pilots do a superb job. The food is also better on French airlines!
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