When you want to tour the French departments, you must not forget the French Antilles and especially Martinique. It’s decided, the next vacation will be in the sun. How to prepare well for your trip? When to go? What to bring with you? All the answers to your questions here.
What season to go to Martinique?
It is possible to go all year round to Martinique. It is generally warm 12 months out of 12 and the weather is rather sunny with some good rains. Why else would the island be so green? However, part of the year is wetter than the other. You might as well favor the less rainy one. There are 2 seasons in Martinique:
Lent is the driest season. It runs from November to May.
Wintering is the rainy season with a higher risk of cyclones. It runs from June to November. Logically, the dry season is the highest season, mainly the period from December to April. This is where the prices for plane tickets, car rentals and accommodation will be the highest.
Note that despite the rainy season, the prices for the months of July and August are also relatively high. This is a special high season during which Martinicans who live in metropolitan France (students or professionals) return during their annual holidays to see their families.
September and October are also months when prices are very low, but the weather is not the most favorable. The best compromise is therefore to opt for the months of November and May to benefit from the best prices and the rather very pleasant climate.
Buy the plane ticket
3 airlines offer daily flights from Orly airport to Fort-de-France. These are Air France, Corsair and Air Caraïbes. Count on average 6 flights per day which leave every morning or at the very beginning of the afternoon. The return flight from Fort-de-France will always be at night to arrive in Paris in the early morning.
Regarding the prices, they are very dependent on the seasons and the differences between the companies are not significant, competition obliges. On the other hand, there are often promotional offers offered by different companies. Mainly by Air Caraïbes.
Finally, it is best to book as long as possible in advance to have the best rates. Also, you can go through comparators to select the company, but the best is to book directly on the airline’s website.
Rent a car in Martinique
Now that the date has been set and the plane ticket purchased, one thing must be kept in mind: car rental in Martinique is essential to facilitate your travels. Indeed, one should not count on public transport which does not serve the whole island and whose schedules are not really reliable. Renting a car is the assurance of going where you want, when you want.
How to do it ? The best is to choose a local rental company who knows the market perfectly. Local yes, but a well-known and reputable brand so as not to have any bad surprises. This is the case of Jumbo Car Martinique, the first rental company in the West Indies for over 30 years. Its more? This brand has an agency located at the airport. Its shuttle picks you up for free at the exit of the plane and takes you to its park in 2 minutes to collect your car. Same for return: after dropping off your rental car, the same shuttle will drop you off at the airport. A significant saving of time and money.
Regarding the car model to choose, Martinique is famous for its winding mountain roads. For more comfort and safety, it is recommended to rent a raised car with a powerful SUV-type engine, such as the Dacia Duster. A little more expensive to hire, of course, but more comfortable and more fuel efficient on the hills than a Renault Twingo.
Choose your accommodation
Ile aux Fleurs is not very large. On the other hand, with mountain roads, the distances are much greater to cover, especially during rush hours when traffic jams can form quickly. Several options are available to you:
You can rent accommodation around Le Lamentin or Fort-de-France and choose to radiate around during your stay.
You can opt for several accommodations: one in the south, towards Sainte-Anne, and one further north for the second part of your stay.
Change accommodation every 2-3 days as part of a complete road trip so as not to waste time going back and forth.