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Martinique offers many historical sites, museums, sports and recreational activities, and casinos and nightclubs that provide vacationers with ample entertainment. In order to explore every site that interests you, you will need to choose among rental cars, taxis, buses, bikes, or mopeds to take you where you want to go.
Rental cars provide the independence to come and go as you please. Although they may cost more than other methods of transportation, many travelers find the convenience of rental cars well worth the price. You must present a valid driver's license from your home country and meet age requirements – usually you must be older than 25 – and the rest is a breeze. Also, many vacationers may be pleased to learn that drivers stay to the right side of Martinique's roads, unlike some islands in the Caribbean.
...see the island without having to drive.
If you want to sit back and enjoy the scenery while someone else takes the responsibility of driving, you have are a few options. Taxis can be a comfortable and uncrowded way to get around. You will find cabs at the airport, in downtown Fort-de-France, and outside most major hotels. Taxis are also metered, so it's easy to understand the rates. Buses are not allowed to drive up to the airport, so unless you plan on renting a car, you'll have to take a cab to your resort or another location outside of the airport area.
Collective taxis and buses are another way to see the island without having to drive. The eight-passenger limousines are an alternative to riding the bus, which can be a little hectic and confusing if you don't speak French. Both of these forms of public transportation are inexpensive and travel to most parts of the island. Larger buses that hold around 40 passengers at a time seem to only be available in Fort-de-France, but they are known for their unreliable service.
For vacationers who want to experience a little of the outdoors while touring the island, bike and moped rental companies are plentiful on the island. Mopeds are a good way to travel on narrow and winding roads with the island breeze in your hair, but bicycles are often reserved for those who have much experience mountain biking due to the sometimes steep and bumpy roads. There are plenty of bike tours available, however, with a guide that knows which roads are easy to manage around some of the area's more popular sites.
Many vacationers opt to take a ferry around Martinique and to neighboring islands like Guadeloupe and Dominica simply for the novelty of it. But ferries can be a much more affordable option than a plane, especially if you're transporting a large group. Most ferries take off from Forte-de-France at a cost of around 6 Euros per person, and are comfortable and safe.
Whatever method of transportation you choose, remember that in Martinique car safety laws are strictly enforced. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers at all times, children under 12 must ride in the back seat, and children under the age of 6 must ride in a car or booster seat.
When you get to Martinique, there will plenty of things to see and do on the island. With so many ways to travel, getting where you want to be should not be a problem.
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