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Our useful information for a peaceful trip to Martinique from Canada

With its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests and rich culture, Martinique is a dream destination for Canadian tourists. Located in the French West Indies and part of the European Union, this island offers an exciting mix of cultures and experiences. From exploring museums to sampling the local cuisine, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy while in Martinique.


Information for Canadians visiting Martinique

Before leaving Canada for Martinique

Before traveling to Martinique, Canadians should ensure that they have all the necessary documents. A valid passport and a visa may be required depending on the length of your trip. It is also important to check with your airline to see if you need any additional documentation before departure. Several companies serve Martinique from Canada with direct flights or with stopovers: Air Canada, Air France. The price of a plane ticket is between 500€ and 1 100€ depending on the period (high and low season) or 750CAD to 1 600 CAD. It is best to book your ticket and car rental in Martinique in advance to take advantage of the best rates. By direct flight Air Canada proposes to leave from Toronto (from Dec. 2023), Montreal or Quebec.


Martinique is on the same time zone as Quebec, UTC-4, so there is no time difference problem! As for the duration of the flight from Martinique to Canada, it depends on the final destination:

  • Montreal YUL > Fort-de-France FDF 6h flight

  • Quebec > Fort-de-France FDF (8h with stopovers)

  • Toronto > Fort de France FDF 5h50 flight

To know more

Canadian citizens are encouraged to purchase health insurance before their trip and to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad program through the Canadian Embassy. This will ensure that you have access to essential services and assistance in the event of an unforeseen event during your stay.

Where to stay in Martinique for Canadian tourists

Accommodation options vary from hotels, vacation rentals, airbnb and bed and breakfasts. Depending on the type of accommodation, you may be required to pay a deposit or rental fee. Do not hesitate to contact the hotel or the B&B directly to discuss with them as often not all information is available on the internet. In general, the south of Martinique is known for its white sandy beaches and water activities while the north of Martinique is known for its rivers and waterfalls as well as hiking and black volcanic sand beaches. We therefore advise you to stay between 10 and 15 days in order to enjoy both types of landscapes without stress and potentially change your place of residence.

Europcar Martinique accompanies you

To be able to enjoy the tourist places you will definitely need a car rental because although the road network is in good condition and well developed, the public transport network is much less so. Our Europcar Martinique agencies are located at the Martinique Aimé-Césaire airport, at the Club Med les Boucaniers in Sainte-Anne and at the Marina du Marin. We accompany you during your stay.

Our advice from Europcar Martinique if you come from Canada

When traveling to Martinique, visitors should follow the same safety guidelines as at home: be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Keep your valuables in a safe place and avoid showing large amounts of money in public places. Be sure to familiarize yourself with local laws and customs, as violations can result in severe penalties! Wherever you choose to go in Martinique, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. With its breathtaking scenery and friendly people, this Caribbean paradise has something for everyone. Follow these tips to ensure you stay safe and have a great time exploring the beauty of Martinique!

Everything you need to know about your stay in Martinique from Canada

1/ Do we use Canadian dollars in Martinique?

Martinique is a French department that is entirely part of the European Union. The currency is the euro. Check the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar vs. the Euro and remember to change some of your currency before you arrive in Martinique.

2/ Do we speak Canadian English in Martinique?

Places that welcome tourists generally have staff that speak fluent English. Although the French accent is strongly present, they will have no trouble answering and guiding you.

3/ Is Martinique dangerous for Canadians?

Martinique has a low crime rate compared to other islands; you will have a safe vacation if you take the usual precautions.

4 / What is the time difference between Canada and Martinique?

Martinique is on the same time zone as Quebec UTC-4

5/ What is the best time to visit Martinique for a Canadian?

The weather is good all year round in Martinique. For those who are chilly it would be better to go to Martinique when the temperatures drop in Canada: Winter in the sun!

Martinique is waiting for you with open arms !

If you already live in Martinique, we can tell you more about everything you need to know for a successful stay in Canada.

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