Nature lovers, divers and adventurers: Martinique has something for everyone. The rough beauty of the Caribbean island is best discovered flexibly with a rental car.
Montagne Pelée, Martinique
Martinique is a French overseas department of the Lesser Antilles. With an area of 1,128 square kilometers, the heavenly island stretches from Puerto Rico to the coast of South America. The impressive volcano Montagne Pelée forms the heart of the island. The wild nature, beautiful beaches and numerous cultural sights make Martinique a popular holiday destination in the Caribbean. If you want to explore the island independently and in detail, a rental car is recommended. Don't wast your precious holidays by waiting for busses.
The roads on Martinique are in very good condition, only smaller side roads are often very curvy and steep. By rental car you can reach every place on the island in a maximum of one hour and along the way you can stop and rest at the charming viewpoints again and again.
In order to help you with the preparation for your trip on Martinique, we have put together a few tips for you:
Grand Anse, Martinique
Fort de France, Martinique
You can reach Fort-de-France, the capital of the island, by rental car from the airport in about 10 minutes. The centre of Martinique captivates with its large harbour and historical fortifications. If you have arrived by shuttle, you can also rent a car for your holiday here at many locations. Visit the colourful markets, the impressive flower park and the numerous colonial houses.
Today, the almost 1400-metre-high volcano Montagne Péele is inactive and a popular tourist destination. From Grand Anse you take the N3 northbound and reach the volcano in about 50 minutes. With a mountain guide you can even hike up the volcano.
In the beautiful south-east of Martinique, about 40 minutes from Fort-de-France, lies the picturesque small town of Le Marin. If you rent a car in Martinique, it is worthwhile to go there, otherwise it takes quite a long time to get there by public transport. Le Marin has beautiful bays, a large marina and many culinary adventures.
Extra-Tip: Unusual, but always worth a visit: The Banana Museum in Martinique. From Fort-de-France it is about 50 minutes drive with your rental car towards northeast. You will find the fascinating museum around the yellow fruit.
Most of the tourist destinations and beaches are in the south of Martinique. But also the northern part of the island has a lot to offer and should not be left out. With a rental car you can travel flexibly on Martinique and can also visit the more remote areas comfortably. The traffic regulations are quite similar to those in Europe, but they should be strictly observed when you are on the road in a rental car.
Traffic rules on Martinique
|Age minimum||21 years; some car categories require an age of 25 or higher.|
|International driver's license||A European driver's license is sufficiant|
|Alcohol-blood level||0.5 Promille|
|Speed limits||Inner city 50 km/h, on country roads 90 km/h, when wet 80 km/h.|
We also recommend that you take out a fully comprehensive insurance policy without any deductible for your rental car. Liability insurance should cover at least one million euros. So you are on the safe side in an emergency and can start your dream holiday without worries.
Tip: In the European winter, Martinique is particularly popular with tourists. You should book a rental car early enough to avoid bottlenecks.