Calling all cruising lovers, do not miss this authentic French city, discover the highlights of Fort-de-France!
If you are travelling on a budget and do not have time to book a shore activity while you are visiting Martinique, here are a few tips of the best things to do in Fort-de-France.
The city of Fort-de-France is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The city abounds with historic, cultural and heritage sites are waiting for numerous of travellers.
Discover a little history about the Fort Saint Louis, a fortress built during the reign of Louis XIII, the iguana central location of the island, where you can take unique shoot of Fort-de-France landscape and you can soak in La Plage de la Francaise, the nearest beach to the cruise port. You have to plan your visit carefully if you want to go inside the fort, as this can only be done on a guided tour, between certain hours. This is because the fort is still used and there are military goings-on inside. Visit are allowed during heritage days only.
Tour last 1h and cost 6.50 euros for adult and 3euros for children
Check into the tourism office and pick up the audio guided walking tour operator to discover the city on your own. Get an inside knowledge of the town in 12 stopovers and visit the main tourism/cultural sites of the capital. The walking tour last 2 hours and the audio guide is available in English, Spanish, Italian and French. To pick up the audio guide, you can stop at the tourism information point near La Place de La Savane, just a few minutes away from the cruise port.
Cost 3 euros + 20 euros deposit (Tuesday-Saturday)
Bicycle tour with Cyclo’comm, perfect sustainable transportation that carries cruise ship passengers around town. Their bicycles just can’t go unseen along with their bright colours and ecological innovative concept. Up to 2 people per bicycle – Book a tour with them online here.
Cost from 10 euros/pers.
Craft market where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables of the island, but as well crafts and handmade liquors, sweets, pastries from the island. Try out some fresh out of the oven local food/juice just made in at the local market.
Hop on with Caribbean Open tour, where you will find many options on cultural and heritage tours to pick, from 9am until 3pm, a few hours on an open bus tour to discover the north side of the island. And yes coach offered multilingual audio guide, lunch is included, free wifi on board, and suitable for disabled people.
Cost around 60euros
Hop on to the ferry which will take you to Anse Mitan beach, in Trois Ilets, south side of the island, reachable by a 20 minute boat ride across the bay (Check the time schedule sheet here). You can find the ferry service from the pier next to the Pointe Simon Terminal. The beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming and you’ll find umbrellas and beach chairs for hire. Behind the beach, there’s many local bars and café for a light lunch, or if you walk a little more around La Pointe du bout, you will find upscale restaurants and lounges like Le Kano, Le Bistrot d’en face, Havana Café, Le Pitaya at La pagerie hotel…
Cost: 15euros ferry
Also feel free to check here the cruise ships visiting Martinique in 2016/2017