Port of Call Fort de France, Martinique
Costa Magica at Fort-de-France, Martinique. Cruise ships generally dock at the Quai des Tourelles, a 15 minute walk from downtown Fort de France. Alternatively ships may berth at the industrial facility of Pointe Des Carriers, a shuttle bus ride into the center.
Fort de France Shore Excursions
Fort De France Walking Tour
Highlights of a Fort De France Waling Tour include Fort Saint-Louis, a fortress built during the reign of Louis XIII (but closed to the public), St Louis Cathedral, built in 1895 with an ornate bell tower, Bibliotheque Schoelche, constructed in Paris for the Exposition of 1889, then moved brick-by-brick to Martinique to be rebuilt in 1893, and La Savane Gardens, home to the headless statue of Josephine Bonaparte. Don’t forget to take a break during your tour to enjoy the local specialty, fresh sugarcane juice (‘jus de canne’). A blue painted sidewalk takes you from the Tourelles cruise ship pier around the dock along some busy roads to the Savane Gardens.
The nearest beach to the cruise port is Anse-Mitan, a 20 minute boat ride across the bay. There’s a regular ferry service from Quai Ouest (see insert on picture for location). The beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming, and you'll find sunloungers and umbrellas for hire. Behind the beach there are lots or bars/cafes, perfect for a light midday lunch.
The next stop on the ferry after Anse-Mitan is Anse-a-l'Ane, a beautiful beach with a more natural feel. Place your towel under the shade of a palm tree and enjoy some serious downtime!
A short taxi drive away from the cruise ship pier you’ll find the Dillon Distillery where after watching a educative slide show, you’ll be served a selection of various Dillon rums. Open weekdays only.
A shore excursion favourite, the Balata Gardens boasts a huge variety of tropical plants and hundreds of species of palm trees. A new visitor attraction is a treetop trail, allowing you to see the tree canopy up close. Balata Gardens is seven miles north from Fort-de-France.
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