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Martinique in September: What to see, what to do? Pleasant surprises in store

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Beach of "Anses-D'arlet" in Martinique© Credit source : Canva

The back-to-school season is often associated with a return to school or work. So why not get off the beaten track? Don't be like everyone else and go to Martinique in September.

In our opinion, the favorable weather and low prices of the low tourist season are enough to make Martinique an ideal destination in September. Sunshine and less crowded beaches - not bad, eh? But that's not all!

You can also take advantage of the European Heritage Days to discover the island's rich cultural heritage.

The icing on the cake is the patron saint festivals in Ducos, Schoelcher and Le François, adding a festive touch to your stay.

For diving enthusiasts, the Dive Fest St Lucia on the neighboring island is an exceptional bonus not to be missed in September. Septembrists know which destination to choose for their next vacation!

The best reasons to visit Martinique in September

Sunshine, low prices, avoiding the crowds: the advantages of September

In September, Martinique is still in the low tourist season, which means more affordable prices for accommodation, activities and car rentals. It's the perfect time to discover Martinique while avoiding the crowds, and without worrying about your budget. And all the while enjoying generally sunny, favorable weather.

In September: European Heritage Days in Martinique

The European Heritage Days in Martinique are a unique opportunity to discover the island's cultural and historical riches. Held every year in September, these days enable visitors to explore sites that are usually closed to the public or little-known. It's the ideal opportunity for heritage and culture lovers to delve into Martinique's history, with guided tours, workshops and special events. Whether it's admiring the architecture of historic churches, taking part in restoration workshops or discovering new exhibitions, these days are a must for a better understanding and appreciation of Martinique's heritage. Among Martinique's countless heritage wonders, here are our favorites, which we recommend you visit during these days:

  1. "Sacré-Coeur" in Balata: Situated on a hill with panoramic views, this sanctuary is known for its unique reinforced concrete architecture and magnificent stained glass windows;

  2. Saint-Etienne Church in Marin: Listed as a historic monument, this church is distinguished by its prestigious high altar and its blend of local and imported materials.

  3. Habitation Clément: A former agricultural estate turned cultural site, where visitors can discover the history of rum production as well as contemporary art exhibitions. Take advantage of a reduced rate with your Europcar Martinique rental receipt!

  4. The Hydroelectric Mill in Gros-Morne: This historic mill, partially restored thanks to the Loto du Patrimoine, offers a fascinating glimpse into Martinique's agricultural history.

  5. Fort Saint-Louis: Located in Fort-de-France, this military fort offers guided tours to discover the history of the island's defense and spectacular views over the bay)

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These iconic sites allow visitors to immerse themselves in Martinique's rich and varied history, while enjoying unique educational and cultural activities.

Three Martinican communes celebrate in September!

Did you know that in September, three communes in Martinique celebrate their patron saint festivals? It's a great opportunity, often overlooked, to discover local culture and traditions.

Ducos: The patronal feast of Ducos takes place around September 9, in honor of Sainte-Anne. This commune offers a variety of events such as solemn masses, free concerts, and traditional dance performances, creating a festive and convivial atmosphere.

Schoelcher: On September 15, Schoelcher celebrates the feast of Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité. Located close to Fort-de-France, this commune is popular for its beaches lined with numerous restaurants and cafés, and its historic sites such as the parish church. Festivities include religious ceremonies, open-air concerts and cultural events that attract many visitors.

Le François: Around September 24, Le François honors its patron saint, Saint-Michel. This commune is famous for its islets and magnificent bay, which we strongly recommend you visit. The patron saint's day is marked by religious processions, traditional dance performances and free concerts, offering tourists a unique opportunity to discover Martinican culture in a festive atmosphere.

Bonus: Dive Fest, the diving festival on neighboring St. Lucia

The Dive Fest in Saint Lucia, Martinique's English-speaking neighbor, is held every September. It's a not-to-be-missed event for all scuba diving enthusiasts. The festival celebrates the beauty of the island's seabed, offering the chance to dive in remarkable sites renowned for their exceptional biodiversity and crystal-clear waters. Workshops, underwater photography competitions and conferences on marine conservation are also on the program. Taking advantage of a stay in Martinique in September to visit Saint Lucia is both practical and rewarding. The island is easily accessible by plane or boat, ideal for combining relaxation and underwater exploration. A short trip from Martinique to Saint Lucia offers the opportunity to discover two magnificent Caribbean destinations, while taking part in one of the region's most popular diving festivals.

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Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables in September in Martinique

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Local Market of Fort-de-France in Martinique © Credit source : Canva

In September, enjoy local flavors by tasting local seasonal fruits and vegetables, which are much tastier because they're ripened on the spot.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of fruits and vegetables in season in September in Martinique.

🥭 Fruits in season in September in Martinique

In September, the star fruit of the season is the Cytherean plum. You can also discover water apples and mangoes.

  • The Golden Apple: Its golden-green skin and juicy flesh make it a much-appreciated tropical fruit in Martinique. When you bite into its flesh, you'll discover deliciously tart and sweet flavors. This exotic fruit is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as fiber, making it a healthy and tasty choice. Versatile, the Cytherean plum can be enjoyed plain, in juice or incorporated into salads, bringing a touch of freshness and vitality to every bite.

  • The Jackfruit: Often considered a tropical treasure, this fruit impresses with its gigantic size, reaching up to 40 kg. Its thick, spiny surface encloses sweet, golden pods, rich in vitamins A, C and B, as well as fiber and antioxidants. Jackfruit pods offer a sweet, subtle flavor, often compared to a blend of mango, pineapple and banana. Jackfruit can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked, and is also popular as a meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan dishes, thanks to its fibrous texture reminiscent of pulled pork. Enjoy it in curry, juice or even dessert for an exotic, revitalizing culinary experience.

  • Soursop: A unique and delicious tropical fruit, its smooth white flesh reveals a sweet, tangy flavor. Rich in vitamins C, B1 and B2, as well as antioxidants, soursop is also good for your health. Its creamy texture makes it an ideal ingredient for juices, smoothies, ice creams and desserts.

🥒 Seasonal vegetables in September

  • Sweet potatoes: Their color varies according to variety, from white to yellow, orange and purple. They're rich in nutrients, including vitamins A and C, fiber and antioxidants.

  • Dachine: Also known as Chinese cabbage, this tuber is grown in Martinique. Dachine is often boiled, fried, pureed or added to soups and stews.

What to pack in September

When traveling to Martinique in September, don't forget to pack the following essentials:

  • Sunglasses to protect you from intense UV rays.

  • Seabed-friendly sunscreen to protect your skin and the marine ecosystem.

  • A hat to protect you from the sun.

  • Hiking shoes to explore the island's trails.

  • Mosquito repellent to protect you from insects.

Need a car in September?

Choose Europcar Martinique! 🚗♻️ Remember to drive responsibly and favor carpooling.

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