TI'PONTON - Le guide pratique du plaisancier en Martinique.
  Plan du Guide
• Edito
• Présentation générale
• Utile à savoir
• Douanes
• Météo marine
• Marinas & ports de plaisance
• Centres de Carénage
• Mouillages principaux
• Le rhum
• Avitaillement
• Marchés
• Gastronomie
• Animaux à bord
• Transports
• Médias

The airport
The Martinique international airport is located in the central part of the island, thirty kilometers from Le Marin (around 40 minutes by car, when traffic is light) and 8 km from Fort-de-France (15 min. approximately).

Several major car rental companies are at the airport (see the Directory). If you rent a car at the airport and drop it off somewhere else, you'll be charged a return fee (around € 20).

There are usually plenty of taxis at the exit of the terminal. Taxis are fairly expensive in Martinique (€ 45 from the marina in Le Marin to the airport by day, € 71 by night). If you're not in a rush and travel lightly, a TC

-  collective taxi, may drop you off at the by-road near the airport, about a 5 min. walk from the terminal (about € 3.60 from Le Marin).

Airline companies

All flight schedules are available 24 hours a day by dialing - Tel 08 92 68 43 14 (€ 0.30/min).

Direct flights connect numerous destinations amongst which :

Paris Orly - Air Caraïbes, Air France and Corsair. Antigua - Liat. Barbados - Liat. Castries (St.Lucia), connections to all major cities int the US and Toronto - Liat. Havana (Cuba) - Cubana de Aviacion Miami - American Airlines, Air France

Liat Ltd serves most of the Eastern Caribbean destinations from Santo Domingo Dominican Republic in the north to Georgetown Guyana in the south, linking the chain of islands in between.

Air Antilles Express : 0 890 648 648 - Air Caraïbes : 0 820 835 835 Air France : 0 820 820 820

ACF Aviation flies charter flights in twin-engined planes for up to 6 passengers (island-hopping, Margarita,Trinidad). Passengers can split the costs - Tel 0596 51 07 17.

Taxis and "taxicos"

Taxis are usually easy to find in the major coastal towns. At the marina in Le Marin, the station is located in front of the guest dock, near the flags and public telephones - Tel 0596 74 62 78. Taxicos, i.e. collective taxis (minibuses for 8 to 9 passengers), are a handy and more colourful means of getting around the island. In general they only leave when they are full and stop on request along the roadside.

In Le Marin : taxicos to FortdeFrance leave from the entrance of the village, across from the video club ; those for Sainte-Anne leave from near the post office.

The first taxico to FdF is at 6 am, the last departure from FdF to Le Marin is at 6 pm (few taxicos on Saturday, none on Sunday). Marin-FdF : € 5.34 (about an hour) ; Marin- Airport : € 3.61 ; Marin-Ste-Anne : € 1.01 (15 minutes).

Car rental

Martinique has the best roads in the Caribbean making cars the ideal way to discover the island.

Most car rental firms have agencies at the airport but also near the major anchorages (see the Directory).

To rent a car the driver must be at least 21 years old, and must have had the licence for over a year. A security deposit is mandatory. Rate : € 35 on average for 24h, including insurance.

Some distances from Le Marin :
-  Fort-de-France : 45 km
-  Le Lamentin (airport) : 41 km
-  Trois-Ilets : 31 km
-  Anses d'Arlet : 39 km
-  François : 24 km
-  Saint-Pierre : 71 km
-  Sainte-Anne : 8 km

Jumbo Car 05 96 42 22 22 - Specialized in car rentals in Martinique, Guadeloupe and Reunion Island, Jumbo Car offers a fleet of 1500 recent air-conditioned vehicles to make your island holidays the most comfortable at the best rates. For your convenience, you can make your reservations via a 24h reservation call center (dial 05 96 42 22 22), online (www.jumbocar-martinique.com) or in one of their 5 agencies around the island - at the International Aimé Césaire Airport and major tourist sites.

Avis 05 96 42 11 00 - Ranging from compact city cars via family-friendly 4x4s to convertibles, Avis offers in its 4 agencies in Martinique (Aimé Césaire Airport, Lamentin, Marin, Trois-Ilets) a large choice of rental cars that will meet your expectations and needs. For a pleasant travel experience on the island, choose the quality of service provided by Avis, a major international rental car player. Book your car online at www.avis-antilles.fr.fr and benefit from preferential rates, special offers and discounts in every Avis agency.

Europcar 05 96 42 42 42 - Come and discover Martinique with Europcar, the #1 Car Rental in Martinique. We have great rates and customized special deals. We offer recent air-conditioned vehicles of various types from economy to full size cars, to automatic, to Primium to convertibles. Europcar has 14 agencies around the island at Lamentin airport but also in Fort-de-France - on the waterfront and at the cruise terminal, and in all major tourist locations. Book now online www.europcar-martinique.com and make your holidays in Martinique convenient and trouble-free !

A Car Rental Limited 05 96 74 82 49 - This car rental business run by the Ozier-Lafontaine family is much appreciated by tourists and has 2 agencies located in popular tourist areas Le Marin and Sainte-Anne. They specialize in air-conditioned vehicles and have reasonable rates for longterm rentals. They also offer technical assistance 7/7 and special rates for internet reservations. (www.acr-martinique.com)

Luxiane Car 06 96 24 86 30 - Luxiane Car specializes in providing a tailor-made VIP car rental service. Whether you are on holidays or travel for business, Luxiane Car is there to make your arrival as easy and « trouble free » as it can be : on-line reservation of your vehicle according to your needs, on-time delivery (airport, hotel, port or marina), personnalized greeting, assistance during your stay. www.luxianecar.com

Saint-Pierre Location 05 96 78 35 58 - This family business based in Saint-Pierre for more than 30 years offers local service in its 2 sales offices (in St Pierre and Lamentin), at the airport, Fort-de-France Port and the dock in St Pierre. They have a vast range of 4 to 9 seats vehicles at attractive rates all year round. Dial +596 (0) 696 26 35 76 and make your reservations in English or book online www.saintpierrelocations.com.

Rapid Auto 05 96 61 82 73 - With more than 27 years of existence, Rapid Auto has become an essential partner within the rental car market in Martinique. Make your reservation early and benefit from a 20% discount all year round, according to the length of the rental. Pick-up service at the port and airport with no extra cost.. (www.rapidautolocation.com)

Béthel-Loc 05 96 52 75 84 - Béthel-loc, a car rental agency located in Saint-Pierre offers recent cars at cheap rates. Your rental car can be collected from and returned to any location on the island. Reserve your car online and benefit from special rates all year long. Béthel-loc also provides an inside-and-out cleaning service. www.bethelloc.com

Maritime connexions


L'Express des îles - 0825 359 000 (0,14 €/min.) - Fort-de- France and Jean 0825 01 01 25 (0,14 €/min.) - Low cost company - Saint-Pierre to Dominica (duration : 1h30, € 99 round trip), Guadeloupe (duration : 3h, € 85 round trip), and Saint-Lucia (duration : 1h30, € 99 round trip).

The West Indies Company - Le Marin - Tel 05 96 74 93 38 - shuttles to Saint-Lucia twice a day (duration : 2h, € 89 round trip fare).

• Shuttles in the bay of Fort-de-France
For those moored at Anse Mitan, Anse à l'Âne or in the marina at Pointe du Bout, and wish to go to Fort-de-France and avoid the traffic, this is an interesting option. First departure from Anse Mitan is at 5:40 am, last return from FdF is at 6 pm. Madinina ferries run regularly during the day, € 6,50 round trip.

Météo France

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