Martinique is a delightful island with a distinctly French flavour, with many pretty seaside villages, unspoilt beaches and good snorkelling.
Like Guadeloupe and St Martin, Martinique is a French department and is popular as a centre for Caribbean yacht charter. This island is more relaxed than the islands to the north and more sophisticated than the islands to the south.
The French influence gives well-stocked supermarkets, boulangeries and excellent Creole restaurants. The smell of fresh croissants and pastries mixes everywhere with the spicy aromas of West Indian cooking. Small cafés and charming bistros add a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to the place.
The rugged mountainous landscape in the north has dense tropical rain forests, rivers and waterfalls. The southern coast is dotted with many picturesque bays and coves. If your idea of a great vacation involves picture perfect beaches, then the island of Martinique is for you. In the south, a plethora of white sand beaches dots the entire south coast. In the north, enjoy the unique and lush setting of black sand beaches near Le Carbet and Le Prêcheur.
Embark at Marina Le Marin, a full service marina on the south coast.
A lovely relaxed beach where you can anchor for the night.
Head for Fort de France to shop the boutiques or the bustling local market. Clear customs and then hug the coast up to St. Pierre, site of the 1902 volcano tragedy.
A full day's sail down to St Lucia. Customs clearance (entry). Visit Pigeon Island, Reduit Beach and maybe the "Jump up" at Gros Ilet every Friday night.
Explore Soufriere Bay and the Pitons and discover the volcano, the waterfalls and sulphur springs. There is good snorkeling here.
A full day's sail back to Martinique. Sainte Anne on the south coast is a charming village with its boutiques, restaurants and local market.
Temperatures in Martinique remain around 30°C all year with short tropical rain showers. Steady trade winds blow from the north-east at 20-25 knots during the peak winter months December to June.
We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info)
Air France have flights to Martinique from the UK via Paris.
We recommend all clients pre-book transfers from the airport to the base as some flights arrive later in the evening. A transfer to Marina Le Marin takes approximately 30 minutes.
The Caribbean is a fantastic place to experience a sail and stay holiday. Why not make the most of your time in the sunshine and combine a yacht charter with a hotel stay.
"Our whole time in the Grenadines could not have been better. After two days on Bequia visiting friends, a brilliant four to five hour sail with a perfect wind took us down to Salt Whistle Bay on the island of Mayreau. A very busy anchorage where locals acted as parking attendants to squeeze in as many boats as possible to maximize customers for their shore barbeque where they fed us an excellent dinner. The following morning we did the very short passage round to the Tobago Cays. There followed two nights of gorgeous weather, lovely snorkelling with turtles cruising about everywhere and lobster dinners ashore. Could not have been better. "
|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 390 GL(2019)||Dufour 412 GL(2018)|
|Dates||3 cabins/3WC||3 cabins/2WC|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||4952||5214|
|04 Jan-10 Feb||5433||5719|
|11 Feb-14 Apr||5433||5719|
|29 Apr-05 May||3867||4071|
|27 May-02 Jun||2329||2452|
|10 Jun-07 Jul||2224||2343|
|15 Jul-11 Aug||2938||3090|
|19 Aug-13 Oct||2024||2129|
|28 Oct-03 Nov||2852||3000|
|18 Nov-22 Dec||4033||4248|
|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 460 GL - 5 cab.(2020)||Dufour 520 GL(2020)||Sun Loft 47 - 6 + 1 cab.(2020)|
|Dates||5 cabins/3WC||5 cabins/3WC||6 cabins/4WC|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||6238||7671||6067|
|04 Jan-10 Feb||6838||8405||6648|
|11 Feb-14 Apr||6838||8405||7386|
|29 Apr-05 May||4795||5890||5181|
|27 May-02 Jun||3124||4438||3371|
|10 Jun-07 Jul||2981||4229||3219|
|15 Jul-11 Aug||3610||5371||3900|
|19 Aug-13 Oct||2714||4033||2933|
|28 Oct-03 Nov||3667||4724||3962|
|18 Nov-22 Dec||5014||6152||5414|
|2022-23 GB£ per yacht||Bali 4.3 - 4 + 2 cab.(2019)||Bali 4.5 - 4 + 2 cab.(2019)||Bali 5.4 - 6 + 2 cab.(2020)||Helia 44 - 4 + 2 cab.(2019)||Nautitech 46 Fly(2019)|
|Dates||4 cabins/4WC||4 cabins/4WC||6 cabins/6WC||4 cabins/4WC||4 cabins/4WC|
|28 Jan-03 Feb||7738||9757||21067||9033||9757|
|04 Jan-10 Feb||7190||8629||21067||9895||10686|
|11 Feb-14 Apr||7190||8629||21067||9895||10686|
|29 Apr-05 May||5362||5810||21067||6324||5810|
|27 May-02 Jun||4762||6071||21067||5624||6071|
|10 Jun-07 Jul||3862||5167||21067||4786||5167|
|15 Jul-11 Aug||4395||6448||21067||5971||6448|
|19 Aug-13 Oct||3510||4924||17500||4557||4924|
|28 Oct-03 Nov||4633||6014||21067||5567||6014|
|18 Nov-22 Dec||6219||7924||21067||7338||7924|
Refundable deposit GBP2250-GBP8100. Non refundable deposit on request.
End Cleaning: Monohulls up to 38' €150, 39' to 45 €180, 46' to 49' €215, 50' and above €240
Catamarans up to 40' €235, 41' to 45' €255, 46' to 49' €280, 50' and above €310
Starter Pack and fees: €70
Prices may be subject to change.
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Seychelles the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.