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Making the Most of Martinique

Making the Most of Martinique

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GETTING THERE

The Disney ships dock at Pointe Simon, which is right in Fort-de-France. The Passenger Terminal, a modern facility built in 2006, offers cruisers a variety of shopping options right on the pier, including locally-made goods, jewelry, and clothing. Sometimes there are local dance demonstrations and rum tastings! You’ll also find plenty of taxis and shuttles awaiting your fare, or you can walk the 15 minutes to the heart of Fort-de-France. The Magic and Fantasy both visit this port on Southern Caribbean itineraries in 2017. All-ashore is 7:30 am and all-aboard is 4:45 pm. 

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GETTING AROUND MARTINIQUE

If you just want a glimpse of the island, feel free to hop off the shop and walk into town. If you need to go further afield, there are plenty of taxi drivers on the pier. Taxis are about $25-$50/hour for up to 4 passengers. If you hire a taxi driver to give you a tour of the island, be sure that they speak English well enough first by asking them a few questions. (Martinique is very French!) A rental car is an option, but we don't recommend it due to the busy traffic. How about a ferry? You can get to Pointe du Bout (about 20 minutes away) by ferry, which is home to several wonderful beaches—a round-trip ticket is £6.50.

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STAYING SAFE IN MARTINIQUE

As a playground for the rich and famous, Martinique attracts its share of pickpockets and petty thefts. But this is about the only crime here. Remember to keep your valuables onboard and keep your bag close at all times. Of more concern are mosquitos, as there are plenty here and they carry diseases (Zika, Dengue, and Chickungynya). Pregnant women, or those who could become pregnant, should not visit Martinique during the Zika outbreak. Otherwise, protect yourself with bug repellent and clothing that covers your body well.

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