Fort de France Attractions

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Set at the mouth of the Madame River, Fort-de-France is the largest city in the French West Indies, and certainly the busiest.  As a port town, it sees a great many people pass through without second glance, but there are numerous attractions that serve to educate and entertain those who are interested including four different military forts, cultural centers, botanical gardens, and beaches.


Pointe du Bout

You will discover several beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at several locations, for those who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach to get additional information concerning that particular stretch of sand.

Plage de Madiana: The beach is natural without being rustic. Small palm trees line the back of the sand, which is a deep brown and set with a few fishing huts and boats.

Another location to consider is Plage de Case Navire. Slightly rocky with dark sands, this beach has a dock for boaters, and is backed by a basketball court.

Plage de l'Anse Madame: The waters are perfect for all of your favorite watersporta at this beach, from swimming to sea kayaking. On the beach there is a children's playground, and nearby a golf club, so you'll be able to extend your fun beyond the shore.

Fort de France and the surrounding areas have quite a few other beaches. Click here to see our discussion of beaches for Fort de France.

Landmark Attractions

One popular destination is Schoelcher Library. It is found in downtown Forte de France. Visiting a library may not be ideal for every vacationer, but the unique history and architecture make this a must see site.

Another landmark worth visiting is Musee Departemental de la Martinique. It is located in Fort de France. A trip to the Departmental Museum of Archeology and Prehistory allows visitors to learn about the island of Martinique before colonization. The private collection amassed via archeological excavations paints the most accurate picture available about the geological evolution of Martinique.

The region offers plenty of additional notable landmarks. To read about other other enjoyable places to visit in Fort de France, visit this page.

Natural Attractions


Balata Botanical Gardens is one of the more popular natural attractions. Set on three hectares of private land with a view of the Pitons du Carbet is Balata Botanical Gardens, a botanical garden set up by the famed horticulturist Jean-Philippe Thoze.

Mangofil is a second attraction you should consider visiting. A great place for families and groups of children to hang out for a day, this fun spot has mini golf, obstacle courses, quad bike rentals, and tons of other sports and games that people of all ages will love.

Fortunately, you will find other choices. Those wanting to find out more concerning natural attractions in and near Fort de France, can learn more here.


Martinique Casinos

Feeling lucky? Visitors who'd like to try their luck on the slots will have a few places to do so in and near the area.

Take a moment to read the following chart for a listing of gaming venues in and near Fort de France.

Gambling In and Around Fort de France
Name Phone Location
Casino Bateliere Plaza (059) 661-9906 1.5 mi. West of Downtown Forte de France
Casino Trois-Ilets (059) 666-0030 Trois Ilets, 5.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Fort de France

Other Attractions

Additionally, guests will discover a few other attractions. Other miscellaneous attractions close to Fort de France are provided below.

Other Attractions Near Fort de France
Name Type Location
Dauphins Martinique Dolphin Encounter Service Trois Ilets, 5.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Fort de France
David Dauphins Dolphin Encounter Service 4.5 mi. South of Central Fort de France
Planete Dauphins Dolphin Encounter Service 4.6 mi. South of Central Fort de France

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