Travelling to Martinique? Need Vaccinations?
Legendary song writer, Cole Porter, visited Martinique, fell in love with it, and returned again and again. Today, visitors from all over the world continue the fascination with this beautiful piece of France in the Caribbean, whether they come for the beaches like Les Salines, the charm of St. Pierre, or the Musée de la Pagerie, birthplace of Empress Josephine. Dine on some of the Caribbean’s finest cuisine in Fort de France, or stroll along the beach at Anse d’Arlet. Your first stop on your way to Martinique should be a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure, so that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for Martinique.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Martinique?
Travellers to Martinique are generally advised the following vaccinations:
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Martinique. If you are travelling further in the region, you may also wish to check what vaccinations you require for neighbouring countries in the Caribbean.
Further Travel Health Advice for Martinique
Heat and Humidity
Martinique has a fairly temperate climate, with cooling breezes year round, but the sun can burn you in a short space of time. You will need a good sun block lotion with SPF 20 or higher, which you should apply liberally and often. At the beach and on tour, remember to wear head covering.
The tap water in Martinique is chlorinated and considered safe to drink, however, seasoned travellers seldom risk ruining their holiday by drinking water they are not accustomed to. Spring water and purified water is cheap and readily available. Bring lots with you wherever you go in Martinique, and replenish fluids throughout the day.
Food and Drink
Martinican cuisine has earned its place among the top cuisines of the world. Here, fine French cuisine combines with Creole spice and colour, with delectable results. Seafood of all sorts is the focus of most restaurant menus, and crayfish, jumbo shrimp, conch, and fish are grilled, sautéed or steamed in spicy stews and gumbos. Dishes are complemented with breadfruit, yucca, or sweet potatoes. Food is a serious business in Martinique and even the simplest meal at a roadside diner can be a culinary treasure. A simple dessert becomes an event. Bananas are flambéed, with rum of course. Martinique’s method of rum production has earned it the world’s only AOC designation for rum. Enjoy it neat or in a traditional ti’ punch cocktail.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
Should you require health care in Martinique, there are several good hospitals, and clinics. For the most part, and the standard of care is high. It is important that you arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need at private clinics.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities, such as diving and snorkelling.
Aside from observing the normal precautions, visitors are safe in Martinique, but it is not advisable to walk the beach alone at night. When hiking through forests or bushy areas, take special care to watch for snakes. The “fer de lance” pit vipers have a highly toxic venom. Manchineel trees found on some south coast beaches are marked with a band of red paint and must be avoided, as rainwater dripping from them causes rashes and blistering.