Martinique is the embodiment of the French Caribbean. An overseas department of France, it provides the the same feeling and aura of a European city on a Caribbean island. But Martinique isn’t merely the transposing of a culture on its sandy shores. It has a lure all its own.
Sandy beaches and beautiful water aside, Martinique is considered one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands because of the stunning flora that thrive there, the tropical birds that consider this island flanked by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic ocean an oasis, and the friendly people that great you at every turn. The incredible mix of things to do on this island will please any outdoor enthusiast. If you like sandy beaches and water sports, this island has them in abundance. If you enjoy hiking, Martinique has vast rainforests and mountain ranges to explore. For those who would rather spend time delving into the history of the place, the island’s ties to Napoleon will more than satisfy their curiosity. And the food…don’t forget - this is France, Caribbean style. The food is outstanding. An absolutely inspired mix of French and Caribbean flavors, the gastronomic experience in Martinique is like nowhere else in the world.
Are you a daredevil at heart? Visit Mount Pelee, the volcano that erupted in 1902 leaving only 2 survivors out of a town that had over 30,000 inhabitants. Hike one of the trails. Get inside the jail cell that saved the only two survivors and imagine what they saw from this vantage point. It will be an experience to remember for the rest of your life.
Here’s something interesting about Martinique: it has been featured in several Hollywood films. To Have and Have Not (1944), Concorde Affaire ’79 (1979), Sugar Cane Alley (1983), and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) among others all had scenes that featured Martinique. The island’s beautiful scenery and alluring disposition makes it a favorite all over the world.
If you want to experience all of what the Caribbean can provide, visit Martinique. The island’s charm, history, and beauty will astound you. You can explore, relax, partake, and enjoy without a throng of people around you. There are many spots that you can claim all your own. Enjoy Martinique for its serenity, it’s aesthetic beauty, and its natural comfort.
Size: 1,100 square miles
Language: French, Creole
Currency: Euro (€)
Main City: Fort-de-France
Main Airport: Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport
Telephone Country Code: 596
Local Beer: Lorraine
National Dish: Columbo of chicken with white rice.
Entry Visa: All visitors to Martinique must have a valid passport and onward or return ticket. Visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most European Union countries.
When to go: The weather in the Martinique is tropical all year round. The temperature ranges between 72° F to 86° F. Inland temperatures can drop to as low as 66° F. The trade winds bring a magnificent breeze that keeps the island temperature comfortable. June through November is the rainy season but the storms are relatively short and pass through quickly.
Marriage Requirements: A couple wishing to get married in Martinique will need to apply for a special license which takes three weeks to process. This can be obtained from the Town Hall in the city where the marriage will take place.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report
• certificate of good conduct;
• a medical certificate with blood test issued within 3 months before the planned wedding
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
Note: All documents must be presented in French and notarized.
Residency Requirement: Either the bride or groom will need to be on island for at least 30 days prior to marriage.
Witnesses: Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.