Travel guide

Postcard landscape.

In the tragic history of much of the Caribbean, Martinique will always be remembered as a courageous island that braved storms and colonial turmoil. We love strolling along its sandy beaches, shaded by palm trees and coconut palms that sway in the trade winds. We pass through botanical gardens and fascinating museums, then stop off at the best rum distilleries for a ti punch.

Time difference





Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

Some Creole expressions for your stay in the French West Indies :

  • Good morning / Good evening = Bonjou / Bonswa
  • How are you? = Sa ou fé?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Sa kay
  • Do you speak French/English? = Sa ka maché français
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Sa maché
  • Sorry = Eskizé mwen
  • Goodbye = Ovwa
  • Welcome = Bienvini
  • Thank you very much = Mési
  • Excuse me/Please = Si ou plé
  • I am French = An ka French
  • My name is… = Yé ka aplé …
  • No thanks = Awa mési
  • Yes/No = Wé / awa
  • You’re welcome / Please = Pa ni pwoplem

Key figures

Surface area: 1 128 km²

376,480 inhabitants (2016)

Good to know


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis A recommended

Take mosquito protection with you. Don’t hesitate to ask your GP for advice.


For French nationals, a valid identity card or passport.

If you wish to travel to neighboring islands, a valid passport may be required, as well as a return or onward ticket.