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Basic info and car hire in Martinique

Location: Eastern Carribean Sea

Population: 385,551

Official language: French

Currency: Euro(€)

Weather: The climate is tropical. Average summer temperatures range from 27-33°C/81-90°F. Winters are also warm, with air temperatures around 27°C/81°F. Water temperatures vary from 22-30°C/71-86°F  all around the year.  

Public holidays in Martinique: Click here for the full list.

Internet coverage: Here you can check free WiFi hotspots in Martinique

Road conditions: Most of the main roads are well-maintained.

About Martinique

Martinique is a tropical island located in the Carribean sea. It is an overseas region of France and a part of the European Union. Martinique invites you to an eternal summer and a year-round warm sea. It is volcanic in origin and offers a striking diversity of landscapes. Its atmosphere is urban, but the “Island of Flowers” offers so much more; hiking, surfing and first-class culinary experiences are just a few activities this stunning island provides.To fully enjoy island’s alluring scenery, we recommend you hire a car at the Martinique Aime Cesaire International Airport.

Driving in Martinique

Best way to get around the island is to hire a car at the Martinique Aime Cesaire International Airport. This way you’ll be able to discover all the nature’s wonders of the island. Most of the roads are in great conditions. Traffic laws and the road signs are the same as in France, so if you’re used to driving in continental France, you won’t have any troubles here. In the Fort-de-France area, there are multilane freeways. The main things to watch out for when driving/hiring a car in Martinique are aggressive drivers and the speed cameras around the island.

  • Age limits:22 (in order to hire a car some companies require that a driver must have a driver license for at least a year and be older than 21)
  • International Driving Permit:yes
  • Additional Papers: A valid ID (passport, a valid driver’s licence and a valid proof of insurance
  • Additional Requirements: Warning triangle, reflective vests and hands-free equipment with a hearing aid (required if talking on the phone while driving)
  • Children in the car: Children under the age of 12 years must travel on the back seat. Children under 15 kg must use the correct child seat. Children who weight from 15-16 kg have to use a booster seat with an adult seatbelt.
  • Driving side of the road: Right
  • Lights: Dipped headlights should be used not only at night but also in poor daytime visibility
  • General Speed limits: Open roads: 90 km/h, In Town: 50 km/h, Highways: 110 km/h
  • Parking suggestions: Most parking in Martinique is free of charge. There is usually plenty of unrestricted parking. In Fort-de-France, we advise you to check for parking suggestions


What to see in Martinique

Martinique is a very diverse island. We suggest you hire a car in order to explore the island’s jungle. If you hired a car, it will take you only10 minutes from Fort-de-France to get to La Fontaine de Didier where you will be able to take a hike through the rainforested area of the island. With your hired car you can also head south when you decide to explore miles of untouched beaches. Fort-de-France is a particularly busy capital, while other places of this alluring wild island are not. Along the Carribean seaside, you will find some of the best beaches of your life. Now, let’s go for a drive with your hired car, shall we?

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