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Fort-de-France is the capital and the largest city in Martinique with about 150,000 inhabitants, making it one of the larger cities in this part of the Caribbean. It is located on the central west coast of the island on the north side of the Fort-de-France Bay, at the mouth of the Madame River and is the cultural, economical and administrative hart of the island, as well as a major transport hub. The city has all the amenities travellers will need, including very fine hotels, restaurants and nightlife, as well as many historical and cultural events and buildings.
Fort-de-France has a hot and humid tropical climate with average daytime temperatures between 28 and 30 degrees Celcius and average nights around 23 degrees Celcius. Most rain falls between June and November with a change of hurricanes from August onwards. Therefore, the drier (and slightly cooler) December to April period is the best time to visit.
Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) is located near Fort-de-France. Take Air has flights to and from Guadeloupe, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Antigua, among a few others. Air France has direct flighs from Paris. Several other airlines in the Caribbean region all have fligts, connecting most islands with Fort-de-France.
L'Express des Iles has 3 weekly services between Martinique and Dominica at 10.15am Wednesdays and Fridays and 12.15pm on Sundays, travelling between the capitals Roseau and Fort-de-France. From Martinique they leave on Mondays at 1pm and Saturdays at 11.30 am. It takes about 1,5 hours in both directions.
Wednesdays and Fridays at 1.30pm and Sundays at 3.30pm, L'Express des Iles travels from Fort-de-France to Castries on Saint Lucia. In the opposite direction, ferries leave 5 times a week. Both crossings take about 80 minutes.
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