Welcome to Fort de France, Martinique where history meets contemporary. The capital of Martinique, Fort de France has a lovely collection of ancient forts, modern activities, and Martinique excursions, and so much to do that you might just have a hard time deciding.
Back in 1638, when Martinique was first being claimed by the French, Jacques Dyel du Parquet, the first governor, decided to have Fort Saint Louis built to protect the city. The fort was soon destroyed, however, and rebuilt in 1669 when a new governor was put in place. Under his orders, the new fort was built in the Vauban design. Named Fort Royal, this changed quickly during the French Revolution and then changed back again. It is an interesting place to visit, and with an excursion guide, you can hear about the many stories that go along with it. If you like forts, there are three others to visit besides. Just check our Martinique shore excursions for more information on things to do in Martinique.
As far as other activities in Fort de France, they are numerous. Sailing has become quite popular and many boats can be seen out in the bay and you can go sailing for the day as well. Other activities include sightseeing, kayaking, hiking, the Jardin de Balata (a botanical garden), food tasting excursions to taste the Creole influence that's been melded with the many other cultures that now live here. Shopping in the locals' area for unique handcrafted objects, or go downtown for the more high-end offerings. You certainly won't run out of things to do during your visit or Martinique cruise excursion.
The weather in Fort de France is quite warm, although milder in typical traveling months such as November through March where the nights cool to 64 and the days may go as high as 87. The ocean breezes help, and spending at least some time on the water helps a lot.
The national language is French, although a Creole version is often spoken as well. The national currency is the Euro, but banks are happy to make the exchange for you, or you can do so at ATMs.
The cruise ship port of call is known as Fort de France Martinique, and just about all the cruise lines service Martinique as it is a favorite among tourists. Be prepared, as you disembark, to see a lovely combination of mountains, hills, the bay filled with boats of all sizes and friendly people. Do keep in mind that many Martinique shore excursions will have a guide waiting for you directly at the pier, which makes it much easier to get to where you're going. With all the beauty, culture, and ambiance of Fort de France, we're sure you'll enjoy yourself.
Fun fact: Residents here are known as Martiniquais.