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 Martinique - Profile

Facts

  • Martinique is an Overseas Department of France and is the main island of the French Antilles, the most northerly of the Windward Islands.
  • It has a high standard of yachting facilities and for boats arriving from across the Atlantic, Cul-de-Sac Marin is the most convenient port at which to clear in. There is now a large charter base there and a boatyard than can handle boats up to 50m and catamarans.
  • Cruising attractions include the French culture, mountainous interior and numerous quiet anchorages.

Security

Based on reports to Noonsite from cruisers, petty theft from yachts is on the rise in the Caribbean in general (as well as ashore). Cruisers should take basic safety precautions and use common sense when leaving the boat or going ashore at night.

Dinghy and outboard thieves operate throughout the Caribbean and hot spots in Martinique include Sainte Anne, Fort de France and Le Marin. Best advice is to place your dinghy and outboard on deck and chain both overnight. Avoid leaving your dinghy overnight on a dinghy dock and be sure to lock it (and everything inside it) when leaving it ashore. Be careful carrying money ashore and showing cash when buying in public places.

See latest security reports adjacent.

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net ([email protected]) provides information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye to appropriate behaviour and precautions wherever they decide to go. Should you have suffered a boarding, robbery or attack on your yacht or have information about a yachting-related security incident, go to the CSSN homepage and click on the "Report an Incident" icon. The associated form is quick and simple to complete and ensures that all the necessary details are reported. The CSSN is the most comprehensive source of Caribbean security incidents against sailors. Remember, it is every cruiser's responsibility to ensure that incidents are reported. Also cruisers can subscribe to e-mail alerts, follow on facebook and twitter and listen to the SSB Voice Service.

Also be sure to check the Noonsite Piracy & Safety Pages

Last updated:  November 2018

Martinique Cruisers Net (English)
Posted September 2016.
yachties and locals are collaborating to launch an English-language VHF cruisers radio net in Martinique (Le Marin & St. Anne) soon. The purpose of the Martinique Cruisers Net is to welcome visiting yachts, promote safety and security, share useful information about the island, provide answers to FAQ’s and open a channel for social interaction and cruiser activity planning. Multiple English-speaking net controllers have volunteered - cruisers, tourism office representatives and members of the local business community.

Weather

The island has a high rainfall due to the mountains. Wet season: June to November; The high humidity is made tolerable by the steady trade winds. Hurricane season: July to November.

Meteo France Outre-mer (in French)

SMX Cyclone (in French)

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Andrew
Andrew says:
Dec 10, 2018 02:54 PM

Be careful when approaching Anse Arlet and Grand Anse Arlet .... there are a very large number of fishing bouys out there. I only mention it for these bays in particular as the bouys are actually clear pop bottles and are virtually impossible to see in anything but very bright sunlight and small waves.

Katla
Katla says:
Mar 23, 2018 09:51 PM

Le Marin:

If you are in Marin to have something fixed, and need professional help, I warmly recommend Igor. He is swedish, lives on his boat in Marin, and is able to fix anything, and does not charge much. He is working so he can keep sailing, and he is very good at both. He fixed our outboard engine, when the Honda workshop had given up, and we had too. Now it's running like it never did before. Igor has been a mechanic for 15 years, has many stories to tell, and can be found on his boat "Mistral", close to the Leader Price and of Marin.

Equilibre
Equilibre says:
Feb 10, 2017 02:36 PM

Whilst crossing the channel between Martinique and Saint Lucia, a whale passed under my catamaran and struck the left hull, causing a tear below the water line. Talking with the harbour master, it is the third collision since December. Be careful.

rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 09:57 PM

Propane tank: Be aware that you cannot fill your propane/LPG tank in Martinique: You can only exchange it. We ended up buying a campingaz tank (little blue tank, 3 kg) and regulator...

Thalahan
Thalahan says:
Feb 21, 2016 01:22 AM

when arriving from the South Saint Anne's bay is very convenient. Go ashore here and check in at Snack Bou Bou just beside the church. Be careful at the dinghy pontoon, your dinghy will dissappear underneath so use a stern anchor or lift the front out to prevent it from sliding under. The Marina Le Marin located in Cul De Sac is good. Stern-to pontoon with buoys at the bow. Marina staff will help with this. Spacing is generally good. Frequent squals and wind is typical in Martinique, but surroundings are nice. Plenty of live-aboard yacht people who tend to work in and around the marine facilities. The Carinage (haul out area) has just been renewed and has three cranes and brand new concrete base. Recommend this for renewing your anti foul or getting repairs done. Good selection of chandlers in the area, prices are reasonable compared to Grenadines. In fact the whole island is class above all islands south of here. Good supermarkets and restaurants.

Neptune2
Neptune2 says:
Jun 11, 2015 02:03 AM

Fort de France Dinghy Issue
We were (10th June 2015) anchored in Fort de France and made am arrangement with two other cruisers to meet ashore for a picnic. We were last to arrive and whilst approaching the dinghy dock saw three local youths aged about 18 untie our friends dinghy and kick it free. The wind was blowing off shore and we retrieved the dinghy on our way in. The three youths saw us tie the dinghy up and in a threatening manor told us to keep quiet. Please ensure your dinghys are locked to the dock and take care in this city.

svwindhorse
svwindhorse says:
Jan 16, 2014 03:31 AM

Clearance at Petite Bateaux in Grand Anse is no longer available, however clearance at Cyberbase (an internet cafe)in a container-like building on the waterfront at Les Anses D'Arlet is available.

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