14°26.2’N - 60°53.2’W
Protected by the southeastern peninsula of Martinique, Sainte-Anne is one of the largest and most popular anchorages on the island. In high season (November through March), more than 400 yachts moor in the bay, from Pointe Marin to Anse Caritan. No mooring is permitted less than 300 meters from the beach (yellow buoys) to preserve swimming security and marine environment around Saint-Anne. An Organized Mooring Area (OMA) in the bay of Sainte-Anne is planned, moorings should be installed and facilities & services available for cruisers (public washrooms, anchorage office, recycling facilities, etc).
You can tie your dinghy to the town dock, opposite the church (to the right, La Dunette restaurant has its own dinghy dock) and to the floating dock in Anse Caritan (Pirate Beach restaurant). You can clear customs at Snack Boubou .
SHOPS AND SERVICES
Chez Mireille and the new Carrefour Express (previously 8 à Huit) on the main street - 2 supermarkets offering a wide selection of essentials, open 7/7.
Leader Laverie - Located at Domaine Caritan, accessible by dinghy, this self-service coin laundry is open daily and is equipped with modern washing and drying machines.
SudLibpublic transportation’s A-line provides a low-cost and convenient option to take sailors from Sainte-Anne (bus station) to Le Marin (Artimer/Marine Bay/Marina) Monday through Saturday. You can buy a single-ticket in the bus (€2.10) or purchase a pre-paid pass online. Bus routes, schedules and fares on www.sudlib.fr.
WINE & DINE
La Dunette (05 96 76 73 90) - Enjoy grilled specialties, local fish, fresh lobster or the drink of the day with tapas on the private dock. La Dunette also features local bands playing regularly. They have 15 air-conditioned rooms with a terrace overlooking the bay, perfect for a few days break. New: on-premise laundry.
Bao Beach (06 96 21 30 05) - At Pointe Marin, Bao Beach offers a wide terrace opening out onto the bay, fusion cuisine prepared from fresh produce, fresh lobster in season, sun loungers, killer cocktails and top class tunes...Reservations recommended.
Paille Coco (05 96 76 75 43) - Overlooking the beautiful bay of Sainte- Anne, this fully renovated beach restaurant offers tasty fusion cuisine, fresh lobster and grilled fish made from the catch of the day. Enjoy a perfect Caribbean sunset on their large wooden terrace while sipping a tropical cocktail. Free wifi access for customers. Live music Friday nights.
Le Rendez-Vous (05 96 76 90 36) - A nice restaurant on the seafront where you can enjoy Creole specialties with an unbeatable view over the beautiful bay of Sainte-Anne. Direct access by dinghy. Karaoke on Friday nights, great breakfast and sunset cocktails in season.
The church opposite the dock, burnt down by the English and rebuilt in 1730.
Le Calvaire, a spectacular viewpoint over the bay.
Trace des Caps, a 34km long hike from Anse Caritan to Macabou (south of Le Vauclin): lots of beaches including popular Grande Anse des Salines, the perfect Caribbean beach with turquoise water, white sand and coconut palm trees. (Caritan-Salines: 1,5 hours)
Piton Creve-Cœur (easy-1,5 hours) hiking trail: ruins, forest, great views over Le Marin and the marina;
Sainte-Anne Nature Reserve for birds (by motor boat or kayaking).
14°26.7’N - 60°54.0’W
The marine center of Martinique offers everything for yachts and many professional services as well.
Cul-de-Sac du Marin is a large protected bay with a modern marina including a new compound, moorings, haul-out facilities and 3 hurricane holes on the eastern side of the bay.
New anchoring rules are in effect in the bay of Le Marin. Anchoring in the hurricane holes is forbidden since 2018, except during a hurricane warning. The marina has placed a total of 250 moorings buoys (between the marina and beacon 7) in order to better organize the mooring area.
Most of the yacht services are easily accessible by dinghy.
THE MARINA AND DOCKS
You can clear in at the Capitainerie (new marina compound, upstairs) or at CAP gas station, on dock n°3 (Visitors dock).
Caraïbe Marine (05 96 74 80 33) - In this complete rigging shop and chandlery, the owner, Philippe, and his staff can professionally handle all types of rigging work. Their workshop has hi-tech equipment including a 60 ton rod rigging machine and a swaging machine for up to 28mm. Their 300 square meter store on the ground floor of the blue building opposite Mango Bay and the dinghy dock, offers a wide selection of name brand merchandise - deck hardware, pumps, solar panels, stoves, safety equipment, electronics and watermakers. Caraïbe Marine offers prompt delivery of all special order items. Caraïbe Marine has six other departments - Caraïbe Energie (electrics), Caraïbe Electronique (electronics), Caraïbe Réfrigération (refrigeration), Caraïbe Menuiserie (carpentry) and Caraïbe Metal located in Carénage. Caraïbe Marine has been selected by CNB Lagoon as the unique service center in the Caribbean for repairs under warranty and bespoke developments for all Lagoon catamarans. Also check on www.caraibe-marine.fr and on Facebook.
Mécanique Plaisance (05 96 74 68 74) is agent for Yanmar, Tohatsu, Volvo Penta, ZF, Honda, Perkins and Westerbeke. They stock a wide range of diesel and outboard engines, generators, spare parts and batteries. They will advise you in the repowering of your boat and will make any kind of repair after diagnosis. They have a workshop and another shop at Carenantilles boatyard.
Le Ship (05 96 74 68 74) is a well-stocked chandlery offering a wide range of branded windlasses, stoves, fridges, dinghies, blocks, liferafts, ropes, safety equipment, guides, charts, Lofrans and Eno spare parts and all you need for your comfort onboard.
APRIL Marine (+596 (0) 596 749 931) - This international insurance broker is specialized in pleasurecraft insurance programs and offers a complete range of insurance solutions for yachtsmen and professionals (fishing, commercial, charter). And since each project is highly specific, personalized support is offered by a team of pleasure boating professionals. 75,000 pleasure boaters have already placed their trust in APRIL Marine. Visit them online at www.aprilmarine.fr.
A&C Yacht Brokers (05 96 74 94 02) is the official Caribbean dealer for J Composites (J Boats), Jeanneau and RM Yachts for the French West Indies. Check their web site www.bateaux-antilles.fr for a large selection of boats for sale, new and second-hand, or visit them at their office, near dock 3.
Alizé Yacht Service (06 96 10 50 00) - Nelly maintains and cares for your boat during your absence whether docked, moored or dry.
Sambo Expert (06 23 48 60 20) - If you need a survey whatever the size of your boat, Stéphane is a surveyor to contact.
Néo Marine (05 96 63 41 23) - Pierre and his staff will help you realize your boating ambitions with choosing the right catamaran (new or second-hand) and the best finance options.
Multi Interventions (06 96 40 21 94) - Frank specializes in anything electrical on your boat. He also offers air-conditioned storage units for your belongings next to Voilerie du Marin.
Caraibe Refrigeration (06 96 82 24 04) - Patrice is an experienced marine refrigeration specialist. He sells, repairs and installs refrigeration equipments, air conditioning, ice machines.
Tech Dive Services (06 96 54 23 89) - Pierre, a professional diver will take care of all your under water works.
ApPro Zagaya - Farniente & Dolce Vita! As soon as you arrive on board, you settle down, the fridge is full, it’s time for an aperitif! No need to run to the shops, they come to you. Our dedicated team is available 7/7 to meet your needs… Hello Guylaine? Hello Bea? Hello Pascal… we forgot something! Right up until you cast off your moorings, we’ll be on-hand to help with our warehouses, cold storage, sailors’ advice and the solidarity that goes with our community, as well as equipment rental (kayaks, paddles, coolers…). That’s what a family business is all about! www.appro-zagaya.fr
A.D.E. (06 96 39 13 93) - Secured storage facilities, 7/7luggage storage, mail boxes. Experienced sailors’ advice. Whatever your boating needs are, our dedicated team is there to make it easier for you to buy/sell/ manage your boat.
A.M.A - Assurances Maritimes Antilles (05 46 45 46 45) - A dedicated broker compares and selects the best boat insurance for you. We act as an agent for our clients, using our expertise and knowledge of the market to identify specific risks that need to be covered, and to find you an offer that is best-suited and most beneficial for you. Should you need to make a claim, we take care of the formalities with the insurance company. This saves you valuable time and increases the chances of securing compensation. We’ve been covering boats across the seven seas since 1978.
SHOPS AND SERVICES
123-click.com - You can order your provisioning on line and we’ll deliver you in the marina! Choose from more than 3000 carefully selected daily products (fresh produce, meat & fish, grocery, beverages…) but also a selection of organic products by Naturalia, local fruits & veggie baskets and more!
WINE & DINE
Sous le Manguier (05 96 53 16 10) - You’ll receive a warm welcome in the soothing setting of the restaurant’s covered garden. A refined, varied menu awaits for for lunch (Mon-Sat) and dinner (Fri-Sat).
Mango Bay (05 96 74 60 89) - This restaurant & bar is a must-visit where, for some 20 years, residents, yachties and international visitors rub shoulders and enjoy fun times together. Come and discover a new décor, a new menu, awesome cocktails and a daily happy hour with a great view over the pontoons.
IN THE NEW MARINA COMPOUND
Maximarine (05 96 74 62 12) - As exclusive distributor of the Mercury brands: Mercruiser, Mercruiser Diesel, John Deere and Mann via Nanni in Martinique, Nor-Tech and Quicksilver in the Caribbean, Maximarine sells, repairs and maintains nautical equipment and material. Whether enthusiasts, professionals or pleasure boaters, Maximarine has two retail outlets specializing in chandlery, at Fort-de-France and Le Marin. Engines, spare parts, maintenance products, accessories and safety equipment are all well known to our team of experienced professionals. In this modern, light and friendly setting, come and receive expert tips, services and branded products sold by maritime experts in Martinique.
Azur Spirit (06 96 50 96 44) - In their new premises facing dock 4, Jimy and his team maintain and care for your boat during your absence and they can repair your dinghy if it’s not holding air like it should. This is also where you can rent a boat (day-weekend-week) as well as a kayak or SUP board.
Akwaba (05 96 66 67 88) - This 2,500 square-feet store specializing in fishing features more than 5,000 products including the best brands in surf casting, spinning, jigging and of course, big game fishing. Akwaba has also a large selection of spearfishing and scuba diving equipment, and an expert sales staff to assist you.
Chantiers Amel (05 96 58 50 37) - They take care of any repairs and maintenance on Amel sailing yachts, spare parts for sale. Amel sailing boats also for sale.
Tilikum (05 96 74 67 03) - Frédéric specializes in marine refrigeration and electrical systems.
Loca-Yacht (06 96 54 34 55) - Ronan will fix and repair anything related to electrical, plumbing, carpentry and will take care of your boat during your absence. In case of a breakdown, he can tow your boat to the marina. Yamaha Outboard Dealer.
Pochon Marine (05 96 38 33 45) - This well-known French electronics company is located in the new marina compound. They offer a wide range of all major brands of marine electronics: Furuno, Garmin, Simrad... They also maintain and repair all your equipment.
INOXALU (06 96 17 67 02) - Katharina and her team specialize in stainless and aluminum repairs and fabrication and will fix anything from bimini frames to pulpits. Their workshop (previously Equinox) is next to SNSM (sea rescue).
WINE & DINE
O’Wax by Boko Koncept (05 96 76 90 02) - Gourmet food in jars to enjoy at the heart of the new marina. A cocktail bar, TV screens for sports events, a take-away shop and a range of frozen vacuum-packed foods for boaters, ready to reheat. New: Fish&Chicken Chips.
Wanted Paradise (06 96 27 72 40) - Enjoy French and revisited Creole cuisine on the terrace of this marina restaurant. On the menu: home made burgers, exotic meat and live lobster to choose from a tank.
Le Double V (05 96 66 02 84) - On the first floor at the new marina, this meat and wine restaurant offers the perfect dining experience in a friendly atmosphere. You can also sip a tropical cocktail in the lounge bar overlooking the yachts.
L’Escale du Terroir (05 96 76 60 80) - Our meat store offers a 100% local selection of fresh quality products - poultry, pork, beef, rabbit, cold cuts, made using integrated farming methods. Pleasure boaters will love the rotisserie and the range of meat which can be vacuum packed. Don’t miss the dairy products and the delicious local delicatessen. A team of experts are on hand to give you wise advise and tips to help you prepare your meals. Now also in Trois-Ilets, a 20 min-walk from Le Bourg. Open: Tue-Sat 9:00am- 6:00pm, Sun 9:00am-1:00pm.
SHOPS AND SERVICES
Jumbo Car (05 96 76 80 82) - With over 30 years of car rental experience, Jumbo Car will deliver your vehicle to the marina in Le Marin or welcome you at their agency in Sainte-Anne (Domaine de Belfont, a short walk from the anchorage) and the marina in Pointe du Bout.
IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE NEW MARINA
Arthur Assurances (06 96 75 06 50) - Set up in 2010 and located in the shopping arcades opposite the new marina compound in Marin, your insurance broker offers a wide range of services in the pleasure boating and sea sector for both individuals and professionals. Béatrice will find the best insurance solutions available for you.
WINE & DINE
Ti Toques (05 96 74 72 32) - Within walking distance of the marina, the Ti Toques staff and their Italian chef welcome you for a genuine home made Italian lunch or dinner experience. Fresh pasta with tasty sauces, antipasti, fried veal escalope a la Milanese or Osso bucco are just some of the dishes on the menu.
Arlequino (05 96 97 22 81) - is a must-visit spot for anyone looking for authentic Italian products and food to bring home: crisp-based pizzas (the best on the marina!), fresh pasta, home-made dishes, charcuterie/cheese plates but also Italian gourmet products and roasted chicken.
SHOPS AND SERVICES
Auchan (05 96 51 28 73) - Your supermarket opposite the marina is at your service to provide, due to its proximity, the best conditions for your provisioning. Our teams are at your disposal for any special orders. We offer you quality, inexpensive, healthy, delicious products. Open: Mon-Thu 8am-7:30pm, Fri-Sat: 8am-7:45pm, Sun: 8am-12:30pm.
La Tét à l’env’hair (05 96 74 01 19) - Looking for the latest styles? Corinne, the owner of this unisex hair salon, welcomes you in a trendy setting with a nice and colorful terrace for her clients.
Eko Laverie (05 96 76 45 78) is an eco-friendly self-service coin laundry, equipped with the latest generation of washing machines with great capacity and dry-spinning. Detergent and softener included.
A Car Rental Ltd (05 96 74 82 49) - This family-run car rental business has 2 agencies located in Le Marin and Sainte-Anne. They specialize in air-conditioned vehicles and have reasonable rates for long-term rentals. You can also rent self-catering apartments fully equipped (2 to 5 rooms with private pool), ideal during your haul-out.
Sapo Sapo - Sabine, an artisan soap maker, creates and produces very soft vegetable soaps, 100% naturalness. Completely biodegradable, these multiple-purpose soaps are the perfect solution for any ecofriendly boater. Visit her shop in Trinité (Atlantic coast) or shop online www.sapo-sapo.fr.
WINE & DINE
Zanzibar Restaurant (+596 596 740 846) - Everything is home made using raw and fresh produce, fish caught by fishermen from Le Marin, gourmet creations with local flavours accompanied by a wonderful list of wines, rums and cocktails. They have their own dinghy dock.
Chez Chichine (06 96 21 68 89) - By the fish harbor, take a seat on the restaurant’s terrace and enjoy barbecue specialties including conch, fish, shrimp, chicken, ribs, beef..., creole dishes, hamburgers, sandwiches in a simple and friendly atmosphere.
Sable Bleu Boutique Hotel , first ever 4-star hotel in Le Marin, developed like a large house with character facing the sea, invites you on a journey. Come and discover its avant-garde signature, defined by comfort, design and uniqueness, affixed to an eco-responsible, artistic and innovative establishment, just a few steps from the marina. Plan your stay on www.hotelsablebleu.com.
MARINE BAY COMMERCIAL CENTER
Abadie (05 96 71 63 84) - To serve yachtsmen even better, this well-known tropical mattress manufacturer has a store in Le Marin. Whatever your needs (bedding, upholstery, outdoor mattresses…), a professional team will help you find the right mattress and foam and custom fit it.
AROUND LEADER PRICE
Polymar (05 96 66 97 49 - Accessible by dinghy, via Leader Price dinghy dock) - They stock all you need for your boat: chandlery, epoxy and other resins, maintenance products, electricity, antifouling and paints, lines, fishing gear...
Rigging Fibers (06 96 35 70 08) will take care of the realization, adaptation and search for solutions for all your standing and running fiber rigging needs as well as the change, repair and transformation of your ropes. Feel free to contact them for any information.
IN THE MARIN VILLAGE II SHOPPING CENTER
L’Ilot Vins (05 96 68 91 51) - Your wine cellar welcomes you a few minutes’ walk away from the Leader Price’s dinghy dock. Discover a wide range of wines (from French local wines to the best Grands Crus, as well as fresh products such as Godard foie gras, Serrano ham, Kaviari smoked salmon, oysters, etc...), cigars and other delicious wares. Sailors will love the Cafe Richard coffee and tea and the Sodastream sparkling water maker and accessories.
IN THE CARREFOUR/ANNETTE SHOPPING CENTER
At walking distance from Carenage
Carrefour Market (05 96 74 85 85 - Open Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun and bank holidays 8am-1pm) - This supermgarket has a selection of pre-cut meat, prepackaged deli and cheese, and offers a good assortment of fresh fruit, vegetables, frozen goods as well as a wide selection on French wine, traditional rums and spirits. You can also order online www.carrefour-on board.com and they arrange free delivery to your dock in Le Marin marina. Their other store, Market Marina is conveniently located at the new marina compound.
La Laverie du Soleil (06 96 90 37 70) - This self-service laundry equipped with the latest generation machinery is open 7/7 from 6am to 10pm. Detergent and fabric softener included.
THE BOAT YARD (CARENAGE)
Carenantilles (05 96 74 77 70) - is a complete marine refit center in the Southern Caribbean recommended by many captains for the high standard and quality of on-site services available, the reliability of its 2 travel lifts 80T and 440 T, and the respect of European environmental standards. The boat yard can handle complete refits and repairs on any size and type of yacht up to 50m.
Carène Shop (05 96 74 74 80) - Hervé and his staff have everything you might need to haul out. They stock a huge amount of maintenance supplies: marine paints and antifouling, batteries, sea cocks, plumbing, fasteners, anodes, and also all electrical including tinned cable 0,75 mm2 to 95 mm2 ... and they rent tools. Uptairs, you’ll find Grenier du Marin, a great place offering second-hand gear.
Mécanique Plaisance (05 96 74 68 74) - A full service refurbishing shop for any major repair and repower. They also sell here all the main products they stock at their marina shop.
Inboard Diesel Services (05 96 78 71 96) - IDS has two workshops in Case-Pilote Port and in Carenantilles boat yard. They offer full service for Volvo Penta diesel engines and Northern Lights generators.
Martinik Voilerie (06 96 32 70 99) - Next to Mécanique Plaisance, Jean-Luc repairs your sails and does all kind of canvas work including biminis, dodgers, cushions.
Techni Marine Services (06 96 27 19 94 / 06 96 25 84 79) Jean-Luc and Félix offer boat cleaning services on the boatyard: applying antifouling, hull cleaning, polishing. They will also take care of your boat during your absence.
La Survy (05 96 74 63 63 - opposite the entrance to Carénantilles) - Specializing in sales and repair of inflatables and life rafts, La Survy is a certified life raft repacking station. They also stock all of the safety equipment you need on board.
ARTIMER just west of the boatyard, accessible by dinghy via Manuel river
Clippers Ship (05 96 71 41 61 - In this fully equipped 500 sq m chandlery, Jocelyne and her friendly staff provide a large selection of chandlery, maintenance products, epoxy resins, composite materials, marine paints and antifouling, complete safety gear, rigid and semi-rigid inflatables as well as AB semirigid aluminum dinghies, outboard engines and generators.
Marin Sailing Services (06 96 16 03 78) - Pascal and Aurore will install and service any kind of equipment onboard your boat, they have storage facilities (for sails, personal belongings etc.) in their workshop just behind Clippers Ship, and they will take care of your boat during your absence.
Incidences (05 96 747 747) - This sailmaker is located in a huge magnificent 650 m2 custom built loft - the biggest in the Caribbean. Hervé, the owner, and his experienced staff can take care of any kind of sails and canvas jobs: new sails, repairs, biminis, dodgers, dinghy covers... Positioned along a dinghy dock, Incidences is equipped with a custom crane to lift sails directly into the premises. To better service their clients, a professional skipper will come to your boat to remove and replace your sails or canvas.
Sud Média Services (05 96 71 09 31) - Jean-Luc and Anne-Catherine provide custom boat graphics and lettering. SMS also prints t-shirts in your boat’s colours.
Yachting Engineering System (Yes - 05 96 65 05 24) - With his workshop/shop based next to Incidences, Thierry can fix or install watermakers and any electrical equipment and makes plastic welding.
Bricosoleil (05 96 74 19 83) - This do-it-yourself retailer sells tools, screws, wood, gaz bottles and also the Ryobi 18V One+ range of tools (batterypowered cordless tools, where one battery can power all your tools).
Lucas Marine Service (06 96 25 66 17, Mobile workshop) Lucas specializes in marine mechanicals. He can maintain and service all diesel engines anywhere on the island. Authorized dealer for Solé Diesel, member of Nanni Diesel network.
- The unique 18th century church.
- Ecotours, a wonderful tropical garden affording a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.
ANSE NOIRE & ANSE DUFOUR
14°31.4’N - 61°05.1’W / 14°31.3’N - 61°05.2’W
These two picturesque anchorages should be avoided by northerly swells. Great snorkeling with sea turtles.
LES ANSES D’ARLET
Anchoring is temporarily forbidden in the two bays. Moorings must be used by any boat under 25t. The authorities are working on new anchoring and mooring regulations. No information available at the time of going to press.
The mooring site in Anses d’Arlet is an ecological Organized mooring area (OMA). Anchoring is restricted to 5 selected areas, 3 in Grande-Anse (113 moorings) and 2 in Petite Anse d’Arlet / Baie du Bourg (48 moorings), in order to better organize the mooring area and protect the reefs. The moorings are marked Espace Sud and are subject to fee (the white ones are for yachts, the blue ones for fishers). Various services for cruisers are as part of the Organized Mooring Area: public restrooms, water (with pre-paid card from the mooring agents), bins, etc. You should go to the Dockmaster’s office (Capitainerie) for formalities and payment of mooring fees. At the time of printing, clearance is still at Cyberbase in Les Anses d’Arlet (Bourg). Clearance at the Dockmaster’s office in Grande Anse is under study.
GRANDE ANSE D’ARLET
14°30.11’N - 61°05.18’W
A traditional fishing village with clear and calm water, a golden sand beach, colorful pirogues and restaurants all along the waterfront. A variety of watersports are available. This is a very popular anchorage with yachties and locals alike, especially on weekends.
SHOPS AND SERVICES
There are three convenience stores for the essentials including bread, beer and ice.
WINE & DINE
Ti Sable (05 96 68 62 44) - Enjoy lunch in the shade of wooden beach huts, your feet in the warm sand... On the menu: French fusion cuisine, live lobster, island cocktails and on Sunday, an allyou-can-eat lunch buffet and live music in the evening.
Chez Evelyne (05 96 48 39 38) - This is a very popular beach restaurant where Evelyne and her son Jean-Louis serve fresh lobster and grilled fish with home made gratins. After lunch, the deckchairs on the beach welcome you for a long and lazy afternoon.
PETITE ANSE D’ARLET
14°29.22’N - 61°04.52’W
This is where you find the very charming and authentic small village (Bourg) of Les Anses d’Arlet and its gorgeous stretch of golden sand. Just opposite the dock, the 18th-century church and along the waterfront promenade, brightly painted creole houses. There is an ATM, a pharmacy, a market, a bakery, some shops and many restaurants.
ANSE A L’ANE
14°32.3’N - 61°04.1’W
It is a picturesque anchorage with a pretty golden sand beach and palm trees. The regular ferrry service back and forth to Fort-de-France and Trois-Ilets as well as the many water sports can make it choppy. Leave the ferry channel clear. You can leave your dinghy on either dock. This anchorage should be avoided if swells.
SHOPS AND SERVICES
There are many restaurants right on the beach, 2 dive shops, a Carrefour Express supermarket for grocery shopping, a bakery, a car rental company, a Texaco fuel station for ice, a fruit & veggie stall.
ANSE MITAN & POINTE DU BOUT
14°33.7’N - 61°03.4’W
Opposite the bustling city of Fort-de-France, this vast anchorage area is popular with yachts. Leave the ferry channel and the swimming areas clear. Located near restaurants, hotels and the Pointe du Bout holiday resort district, Anse Mitan offers a number of services and ferry access to Fort-de-France.
Marina de la Pointe du Bout (05 96 66 07 74) - Customs clearance and a few slips for visiting yachts (check Marina section for hours).
SHOPS AND SERVICES
This major tourist hub has all you are looking for: a small supermaket at the marina, a bakery, a pharmacy, hotels, a laundry, ATM's, car rental companies, waterfront restaurants, a casino and Le Village Créole, an open air shopping centre offering an exciting mix of restaurants, cafes, fashion stores, jewellery stores, a hair dressing salon and much more.
WINE & DINE
Le Kano (05 96 78 40 33) - Opposite the casino in Anse Mitan, Le Kano is a Creole bar & restaurant opening onto the beach and the Caribbean Sea. We love the Kreol touch in the decor, the music, the dishes prepared by the chef and their excellent selection of rums. Happy hour daily 4:30pm-6:30pm. Live music (check the programm on facebook).
Havana Café (05 96 66 15 93) - In a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Village Creole, try their gourmet salads, fajitas, juicy hamburgers, grilled specialties, mussels and great tropical cocktails. Or stop for a crepe, an ice-cream, a home-made dessert, a milkshake or smoothie. Serving non-stop all year round.
La Pause (05 96 52 41 17) - On the central piazza of Village Créole, sit down in the cool shade by the fountain. Enjoy great cocktails, some wonderful dishes with sunny flavours, fish or meat grilled specialties, majestic Piña Colada with tapas, lounge and latino atmosphere.
Golf de la Martinique - A scenic 18-hole golf course with a gorgeous view on the Trois-Ilets anchorage.
Musée de la Pagerie - A museum devoted to Empress Josephine. Do not miss the botanical garden, the sugar factory’s ruins and the sugar cane mill.
Savane des Esclaves - A guided tour will let you discover 400 years of Martinique’s history including The Caribbean Indian Village, The Museum and the Rue Cases-Nègres (Black Shack Alley).
Village de la Poterie (Pottery Center) with many potters, shops, restaurants and the Sea world Museum.
DEPARTING FROM THE SOUTH,heading in directon of Fort-de-France
La Fabrique de Lydia (06 52 05 39 17, off the main road leading to Trois-Ilets) - Lydia does any kind of marine upholstery work (indoor/outdoor): boat couches, seats, mattresses, covers, bimini tops, sundeck cushions.
Madinina Plongée Services (MPS) (05 96 62 39 63 - located in Ducos, off the main road leading to Fort-de-France).
In their 200 m2 store, they provide all necessary diving and spearfishing equipment. Their workshop is fully equipped to deal with any after-sales servicing: inflation and re-testing of cylinders. Drop off point in Le Marin : Le Ship
Tchalian Ducos (05 96 54 57 06) and Lamentin (05 96 51 16 31), established for over 40 years, supplies a full range of stainless steel screws and bolts (metric thread and US pitch) and chandlery with all you need in stainless shackles, split rings, snap hooks, fasteners, cables… For any information, please contact Sophie 0696 201 216 and Pascal 0696 202 818 who will be happy to assist you. You can also order online www.tchalian-boulonnerie.fr.
IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREAS AROUND FORT-DE-FRANCE
Nautica Air Services (05 96 57 15 15, in Lareinty, Lamentin) - This shop specializes in scuba diving and spear fishing equipment and gear (sales, quality service and repairs), and retests cylinders. They also stock a wide range of kayaks and paddles.
Continental Marine Center (05 96 51 11 57 - Lamentin, Four à Chaux area) - Dealer and distributor of Yamaha outboards and personal watercraft, spare parts. After-sales service. Motor boats sales.
Booster Auto (05 96 39 70 70 - Les Mangles area, opposite Galleria Shopping Mall) - This battery specialist also supplies lubricants and marine oils. Free delivery in Le Marin.
Hifi Car marine (05 96 42 91 50 - Lamentin, La Jambette area) - Stocks the latest gear for your boat’s sound system: loudspeakers, stereos, amplifiers, subwoofers, cables... You can also shop on-line www.hifi car-dom.com.
ARRIVING TO FORT-DE-FRANCE FROM THE SOUTH
Abadie (05 96 50 37 47, Rivière Roche area) - This is the place for custom made foam and mattresses for the tropical climate.
Batt-Eco (06 96 801 507) specializes in batteries, charging systems and battery maintenance. Using the patented Duo-Regen battery regeneration system, Batt-Eco provides an ecological and economical solution. The process allows to extend your battery’s life and prolong working time. Besides valuable advice, Batt-Eco offers also a complete range of maintenance products, various free services like a precise diagnosis. Also available: a breakdown assistance 7/7 and delivery and/or replacement at the marina in Le Marin and in all Martinique.
Metal Dom (06 96 24 22 41) - Your boat is abandoned, old, beyond repair, not «sailable»? Metal Dom, an approved APER centre for Eco Responsible Pleasure Boating, provides full-service boat disposal. They will take your old ship, dismantle and recycle it locally. It’s quick, easy and free. Registration of your boat on www.recyclermonbateau.fr is mandatory.
The anchorage is on the east side of Baie des Flamands, below and west of Fort Saint-Louis. The vast dinghy dock makes landing easy and comfortable. Savannah Park and the Fort-de-France waterfront incorporate the Malecòn, a promenade which connects areas for concerts, cultural exhibits and ethnic dining.
You can clear customs at Sea Services Chandlery (downtown), Cap DCML gas station (in Carenage) and Etang Z’Abricots Yacht Harbour.
Etang Z’Abricots Yacht Harbour (05 96 75 11 57) is located at Pointe des Grives. The harbor offers 340 births for resident yachtsmen and visitors, with a modern and environmentally friendly infrastructure (see Marina section).
Martinique Boat Show (06 96 45 08 48) is scheduled May 11-14, 2023 in Port de Plaisance Etang Z’Abricots.The nautical business specialists in Martinique and the Caribbean await all passionate sea-goers to present their sailing and motor boats (new and secondhand), equipment, as well as many services and water sports.
IN THE BOATYARD BAIE DES TOURELLES
Maxi Boat Yard (05 96 63 76 74/06 96 35 35 44) - is equipped with a forklift and a new 75 t Travelift, new cradling equipment and boat hull protection pads and offers complete marine services on-site: chandlery, mechanical engineering, electrical, welding & fabrication, paint work, hull repair.... Small boats can be stored on racks. Other facilities include a fuel dock and customs clearance.
Maximarine (05 96 63 75 49) - The exclusive distributor of Mercury brands: Mercruiser, Mercruiser Diesel, John Deere and Mann via Nanni motors in Martinique as well as Nor-Tech and Quicksilver in the Caribbean. Their showroom features a full range of outboard motors from 3,5 to 350 hp, 2 and 4-stroke as well as a range of Mercruiser inboard engines from 145 to 1350 hp. They stock parts, maintenance products and accessories.
MaxiPêch’ (05 96 73 37 54) - With 7 stores on the island MaxiPêch’ offers all you need in fishing gear whether you are a commercial fisherman or a fishing enthusiast yachtsman.
Polymar (05 96 70 62 88) - Based in the haul-out compound, Max and Cedric provide all you need in chandlery, plumbing, electrical supplies, marine plywood, deck hardware, hydraulic steering. The store offers also a wide range of fishing equipment. Polymar has two other shops in Le Marin and Robert.
Debrouilla.marine (06 96 459 220) -You can spot Pascal easily at the carénage, with his black service van decorated with his logo. Pascal is agent for Mercury. He will fix anything electrical and mechanical. He sells, installs and repairs underwater led lighting, marine hifi and lifts.
Sea Services Shipchandler (05 96 70 26 69) - Located within walking distance from the waterfront and dinghy dock, this extensively stocked chandlery offers a wide range of deck hardware, marine paints, maintenance products, ropes, pumps, marine charts. They provide all you need for rigging and they do also the inspection of inflatable lifejackets. Sea Services has a great choice of Saint-James and TBS marine clothing. You can do Customs clearance at Sea Services during working hours. Shop also on-line www.seaservices972.com.
WINE & DINE
Baywatch Marina (05 96 96 63 52) - To enjoy a relaxing meal head to the pizzeria overlooking the Etang Z’Abricots marina. Come and taste a crunchy pizza, a gourmet salad, a sweet or savoury crepe… Or sit on the deckchairs on the pontoon and watch the sun set while sipping a tropical cocktail…
Le Spice (05 96 96 94 20 - Marina Etang Z’Abricots ) - Enjoy upstairs a tropical cocktail with a panoramic view of the marina, then have a seat on the vast wooden terrace and order traditional Creole specialties (fried ballyhoo, grilled conch, fresh lobster) or great cuts of beef. At the rum bar you can sample all the rums from Martinique.
Food Market (05 96 582 127) - A stone’s throw from the anchorage, your Caribbean delicatessen and grocery store offers a wide selection of produce and specialty food products made in Martinique and the neighboring islands including vintage rums, tropical-flavored liqueurs, locally smoked fish and meat, cheese and yoghurts, fruits and vegetables, and a selection of wines and champagnes. Order and delivery to Malecòn and FdF marinas.
Le Ti Saint Louis ( (05 96 96 33 52) - Either on the terrace in the shade of the cathedral, or in the air-conditioned dining room, Ti Saint Louis is the ideal place to stop off to enjoy a coffee and croissant in the morning and a crunchy pizza, delicious pasta or French cuisine specialties at lunch.
Spice & Sugar (05 96 73 25 05) - How about a culinary journey to the Caribbean Islands? The daily specials feature Jerk chicken, Honey caramelized pork, Fried red snapper, and many other specialties from Trinidad, Haiti or Dominica. Prices are very affordable.
Fort Saint-Louis dates from 1640 and is a working French naval base. The guided tours (1,5 hours) take you only to some parts of this massive colonial fortress. Highlights include the views across the bay and the fort’s numerous iguanas.
Schœlcher Library - Disgned by Henri Picq, the library was built in Paris and displayed at the 1887 World Exposition. It was then dismantled, shipped in pieces to Fort-de-France and reassembled in its current location.
Saint-Louis Cathedral - Inside, enjoy the beauty of stained glass windows and precious pieces of furniture (a marble altar, a monumental organ, carved wooden pulpits…).
Pre-Colombian Archeology and Prehistory Museum - A beautifully restored colonial house with archeological finds from prehistoric Martinique and testimonials of the Amerindian history.
History and Ethnography Museum - Visitors can admire a restored late 19th century
bourgeois interior with original furniture and objects.
Jardin de Balata (by bus, line 25 from downtown FDF) - Strolling through the shaded paths, visitors are surrounded by an extraordinary garden overflowing with tropical species including torch gingers, anthuriums, begonias, orchids...
14°24.1’N - 61°10.9’W
This is the place on which Christopher Columbus landed in 1502. Paul Gaugin, the famous artist, used to live in this small fishing town. You can anchor along the long stretch of beach, at the south of the dock or in the southern part, off the hotel (currently closed). To be avoided in northerly swells.
You can anchor along the long stretch of beach, at the south of the dock or in the southern part, off the hotel (currently closed).
To be avoided in northerly swells.
WINE & DINE
Le Petibonum (05 96 78 04 34) - Guy and his team welcome sailors for a Caribbean lunch on their beachfront deck. Pleasure for the taste buds and good humor are what make this place so special. You can moor your boat directly in front of the restaurant. Ice and water available. Reservations recommended.
Neisson Distillery (a 5-minutes’ walk from Le Coin beach).
14°44.5’N - 61°10.7’W
Saint-Pierre was the capital of the island and used to be called the Paris of the West Indies until it was totally destroyed by the 1902 Mount Pelée eruption. Some 30,000 of its inhabitants died, leaving only one survivor, a convict named Cyparis, protected by his thick-walled jail cell. All but one of the vessels anchored in the harbor sank in the tidal wave that followed the eruption.
Saint-Pierre is now a peaceful town recognized as a City of Art and History.
The anchorage at Saint-Pierre extends more than a mile north and south of the town dock. Anchor close to the beach along the waterfront to find shallow water. Good holding, sometimes rolly. In order to protect the 9 ship wrecks sunk following the 1902 volcanic eruption, 3 yellow buoys and the head of the jetty mark a 'no anchor zone'. Within this area, 4 white moorings only for use of dive boats.
You can leave your dinghy at the inner end of the main dock, next to the covered market.
Saint-Pierre is a port of entry. You can clear customs at L’Alsace à Kay (a restaurant and deli specialized in cuisine from Alsace) rue Gabriel Péri and at the tourist office located at Maison de la Bourse (a rebuilt replica of the old Chamber of Commerce).
SHOPS AND SERVICES
For your provisions: there are supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, and on the seafront, the catch of the day is sold by the fishermen. You’ll find also ATM’s, 2 car rental companies, a vet for your four-legged companions and many restaurants.
Bethel-Loc (06 96 84 21 17) offers recent cars at cheap rates. Reserve your car online www.bethel-loc.com and benefit from special rates all year long. Vehicle delivery at the airport/port.
WINE & DINE
Créole Arts Café (05 96 97 67 87) - A concept store where you can enjoy a small snack in a calm and air-conditioned setting, discover the creations of local artists and producers, and also browse the shelves of a delicatessen and taste the best local produce on offer, all in the first house that was rebuilt after the eruption of Mount Pelée.
- Dive the wrecks sunk in the bay after the eruption of Mount Pelée.
- Snorkel and discover Manman dlo , a monumental man-made underwater sculpture of a siren (made by local artist Laurent Valère).
- Explore the ruins including the old theater and the survivor’s prison cell (consider taking the small tourist train Cyparis Express from the ruins of Le Figuier on the waterfront)
Memorial to the catastrophe of 1902, Frank A.Perret Museum - The newly refurbished Frank A. Perret Museum, now renamed Memorial to the Catastrophe of 1902, bears witness to the eruption of the mount Pelée and the destruction of Saint-Pierre. During your visit to this a resolutely modern architectural setting, you will discover this dramatic event which changed the history of Martinique. The audioguide will help you visit the new permanent exhibition which pays homage to the victims and presents the remains of the catastrophe.
The Earth and Sciences Discovery Center -A unique opportunity to learn about the science of our ever-changing planet through interactive exhibits.
Depaz Distillery in St Pierre and Rhum JM in Macouba (you need to rent a car in St Pierre and drive in direction of Morne-Rouge) - see Rum section.
Relais du Parc Naturel de Martinique will inform you on hiking trails beginning in the north.
HAVRE DU ROBERT
14°40.0’ N - 60°49.5’ W
Extending over 3 square miles between Larose peak in the south and Rouge peak in the north, Havre du Robert is a vast bay protected by coral reef and a dozen of islands with many popular anchorages (Ilet Madame, Ilet Chancel with iguanas …).. At the end of the bay, Le Robert, a small fishing village will show yachtsmen another facet of Martinique.
The water of Le Robert is an ideal site for coastal cruising, yawl races and regattas.
Marina du Robert (05 96 65 38 74) - Located near the old sugar factory, the marina welcomes yachts visiting the island (see our section on Marinas).
Polymar (05 96 53 43 76) - They have all you need in chandlery, resins, paints, maintenance products, electrical supplies, marine plywood, ropes... The store offers also a wide range of fishing equipment.
SHOPS AND SERVICES
For provisions: a Huit à 8 supermarket near the church offers the essentials. On the seafront, there is a bakery and the fish market.
WINE & DINE
Many typical restaurants line the seashore in Le Robert (town) offering Creole specialties, mainly fish.
La Voile (0596 65 76 16) - The restaurant at the Robert marina welcomes you on their large terrace opening on the sea and the lounge-style stripped-down interior. At lunch, you will enjoy the day’s specials (fish or meat), in the evening, there is a change of atmosphere - soft and trendy, with tasty dishes made from fresh produce and great cocktails.