Like the rest of the Caribbean, Martinique has a tropical climate. Two seasons follow each other throughout the year, the one of good weather, known as dry, and the one of rain, known as wet.
To avoid missing out on your vacation by staying at home and watching the rain fall from your bungalow window, remember that there are plenty of activities to do when it rains in Martinique.
Before listing the activities to do in Martinique when the rain keeps coming down, let's have a brief recap of the weather in Martinique.
The weather in Martinique is composed of two main periods:
The dry season from December to May
The wet season, or rainy season, from June to November
If, like many people in France, you take most of your vacations in July and August and you have chosen Martinique as your vacation destination, then you will spend your stay during the rainy season. This period is marked by the presence of cyclones, not systematically violent, rest assured!
During the wet season, rainfall is the highest of the year. Up to 200 millimeters on average in October. The rainy season, contrary to what one might think at first sight, is also the period during which temperatures are the highest, above 30°C!
Forget the beach, lazing around, sunbathing or hiking! In rainy weather, it's better to focus on indoor activities. On the agenda: visits to museums, churches, distilleries and other covered markets.
Martinique has a remarkable cultural and historical heritage which is honored in many museums and houses.
The banana museum in Sainte-Marie is probably the most famous museum in Martinique. It honors the famous fruit with the yellow and slippery skin. Discover all you need to know about the banana: its origins, its culture, its virtues... At the end of the visit, the restaurant La Bananeraie welcomes you to propose Creole recipes, some of which naturally include banana.
Also called the Franck-Perret Vulcanology Museum, the 1902 Disaster Memorial is dedicated to the volcanic eruption that destroyed Saint Pierre in 1902. The explosion of Mount Pelee was a brutal event that marked the history and population of the island. The museum contains hundreds of objects found in the ruins and traces the lives of the inhabitants of the city of Saint Pierre before, during and after the eruption of the volcano. It is a museum full of history that you will enjoy discovering during a rainy afternoon in Martinique.
The museum of shells and the sea of Martinique is a place not to be missed by all sea lovers. It exposes about 4000 shells and many sea urchins, starfish and crabs! The visit is pleasant and easy. When it rains, it is really a family destination particularly appreciated by children who discover the wonders of the sea in an educational way.
The cane museum in Trois-Îlets retraces the history of sugar cane and its exploitation through time in Martinique. You will also find a floor dedicated to the making of rum, an alcohol intrinsically linked to the plant. A part of the museum is dedicated to slavery, which is inseparable from sugar cane cultivation.
The Ecomuseum of Martinique, located in Rivière-Pilote in the old Ducanet distillery, tells the history of the archipelago from prehistory to the 1950s, including colonization and slavery. The museum features collections of pre-Columbian archeological remains of the Arawak Indians, handicrafts from the 1950s (basketry and woodwork...) It is a very charming place because of its collections and its location. To visit without hesitation on a rainy morning!
These museums are not enough for you? There are others to discover on the archipelago :
Museum of vegetable figurines
Gallery of history and the sea
Paul Gauguin Museum
The House of the Bagnard
Departmental Museum of Pre-Columbian Archaeology
Museum of Natural History
Father Pinchon Reserve
Regional museum of history and ethnography of Martinique
House of the volcano
Saint-James Rum Museum
Museum of arts and popular traditions
Discovery center of earth sciences, Perinnelle house
Historical Museum of Saint-Pierre
Dubuc Castle Museum
Museum of the Pagerie
The Savannah of slaves
Museum of fishing in Vauclin
Christian land, Martinique is home to splendid and majestic cathedrals and churches. Take advantage of the Sunday mass to go there and appreciate their charm. Among the most remarkable, we can mention:
The Saint-Louis Cathedral of Fort de France
The cathedral of Notre Dame de l'Assomption in Saint-Pierre
The church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption in Sainte-Marie
The church of the Sacred Heart of Balata
The church of Saint-Henri in Anses-d'Arlet
the church of the Immaculate Conception in Ajoupa Bouillon
the church of Saint Jacques in Carbet
the church of Saint-Thomas in Le Diamant
the church of Notre Dame de la Nativité in Ducos
the church of Sainte Hyacinthe in Lorrain
the church Notre Dame de la Bonne Délivrance.
See our article dedicated to the churches and cathedrals of the island
Martinique's rum is famous on the island. The drink has been produced for centuries in the few distilleries established on the archipelago. One of them opens its doors, the Habitation Clément.
The Habitation Clément in François is probably the most famous distillery in Martinique. The distillery allows visitors to discover the different stages of rum production from harvest to bottling.
It's going to be an overcast day and you have some shopping to do? Visit one of the many covered markets on the island. Discover local products, Creole colors and spicy scents!
Fort-de-france : Monday to Saturday from 6am to 3pm
Diamant : Tuesday-Sunday from 8am to 1pm
Basse-Pointe : Friday and Saturday from 8am to 1pm
Anses d'Arlet : Every day from 8am to 1pm.
Marin: covered market every day from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saint-Pierre : Monday to Saturday from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Sainte-Anne : every day from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm
You can also go to the different shopping centers of the island to complete your purchases:
Galleria Commercial Center: the largest shopping center in Martinique in Lamentin
Carrefour Dillon Shopping Center in Fort de France
Genipa Shopping Center in Ducos
ESPACE CLUNY shopping mall in Schœlcher
For a few years, an original and friendly leisure activity has been developing: the escape game. Martinique is no exception to this trend. An escape game, "the secrets of time" was born and welcomes the public from 8 to 99 years for unusual and enigmatic sessions!
The same goes for the laser game located in Lamentin (Laser West). Fun and laughter guaranteed.
To spend time with friends or family, it is a serious alternative to cultural visits or shopping! To try without moderation.
To travel between all these places as easily and comfortably as possible, car rental in Martinique is the most practical solution. Book your car in advance on our website!
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