Most shops are open Monday through Friday 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 6 pm and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm.
Shopping malls in the outskirts are open Monday through Saturday 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. The bigger supermarkets are also open Sunday morning 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Public services and banks usually open early in the morning, close around 4 pm except Wednesday afternoon when they close around noon. Most services are closed Saturday.
Euros, the same as France. For all of your foreign exchange, look for Change Caraïbeswith convenient airport and Fort-de-France downtown locations. Visaand Mastercardare accepted at most ATMs and shops in major towns on the island. American Express is accepted in supermarkets, major retail stores and in almost all shops in rue Victor Hugo in Fort-de-France. Diner's Club is rarely accepted (you might ask in shops in Fort-de-France as well as at Galleria shopping mall).
GMT/UTC - 4 hours.
- On shore: 220V, 50 Hz
- Le Marin Marina: 110V, 220V, 380V, 16A-125A
- Pointe du Bout Marina: 220 V- 10 A
- Port de Plaisance Communautaire de l’Etang Z’Abricots : 220 V- 380 V, 16 A - 32 A
Tap water is safe to drink everywhere on the island.
Telephone numbers in Martinique have ten digits that start with 05 96 (06 96 for mobile phones). Telephone numbers in Martinique have ten digits that start with 05 96 (06 96 for mobile phones). To place a call from abroad, dial the international access code + the code for Martinique (596) + the number you want, making sure to omit the first 0 (dial only the last 9 digits). (From the US 011 + 596 596 + six digit number)
To call metropolitan France : no codes are needed, just dial the 10 digit number. To call other countries : dial 00 + the country code + the number you want.
Guadeloupe, St Martin and St Barths are all local calls from Martinique.
You'll find La Poste offices in almost every town (closed Wednesday and Saturday afternoon). A letter to Europe and the USA will take less than 10 days, letters to metropolitan France will take 4 to 5 days.
Health care in Martinique is among the best in the Caribbean. There are lots of general practitioners and specialists and they often attend patients without a prior appointment, however, you may have to wait a long time. Hint : show up at least half an hour before the office opens to make sure you'll be among the first to be attended. Consultation fees : 25€ at a general practitioner.
15 SAMU / Ambulance service
18 Fire (Pompiers)
196 24-Hour sea rescue (CROSS)
05 96 63 33 33 24-Hour doctors service (SOS Médecins)
Health services: open 7/7
Lamentin Airport Pharmacy - 05 96 42 17 64 - Open daily from 7:30am to 10:00pm - first floor.
(Drugstore, allopathy, homoeopathy, veterinary products).
Lamentin Airport Medical Center - 05 96 42 16 16 - Open daily from 9:00am to 10:00pm - first floor.
Dengue fever and Chikungunya: prevention is key
Both dengue and Chikungunya are viral diseases whose vector is the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Individuals can limit their exposure to the mosquito vector by wearing long clothes, applying insect repellant, and using mosquito nets.
Early recognition is important. Therefore if you have been bitten by mosquitos and you develop a fever or suffer from joint pain, talk with a doctor right away.
Manchineel trees : beware of danger !
You'll encounter manchineel trees all along the sandy coast. All parts of this tree are dangerous. The fruit, resembling small apples, the leaves, the bark, the sap, EVERYTHING is toxic. Don't take cover under this tree when it rains and do not use its branches in a barbecue. Contact with any part of this extremely toxic tree can cause severe burns. In Martinique most manchineel trees are recognizable by a red stripe painted on the trunk.
- January 1: New Year's Day
- February 12, 13 and 14: Carnival (Lundi Gras, Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday)
- March 30: Good Friday (traditional Day of the Cross)
- April 2: Easter Monday
- May 1: Labour Day
- May 8: Commemoration of the eruption of Mount Pelée + Armistice Day (end of World War Two)
- May 13: Ascension Thursday (commemorating the Ascension of Christ)
- May 22: Slavery Abolition Day
- May 21: Pentecost Monday
- July 14: Bastille Day, French Independence Day
- August 15: Assumption Day (celebrating the Elevation of the Virgin)
- November 1: All Saints Day
- November 2: Day of the Dead
- November 11: Armistice Day (end of World War One)
- December 25: Christmas Day