If you don't live on an island, chances are you'll overlook ferries as a form of transportation to consider as more than a fun way to get around. In Fort de France, however, taking the ferry across the bay can actually be faster in some cases than driving. Plus, you can't beat the sea air and the beautiful view you get to enjoy as you travel.
A shuttle boat (called a vedette) from Fort de France to Pointe du Bout, Anse Mitan, Anse a L'an, and Trois Ilets is available on a daily basis. This is a great way to get around if you've got a little time, enjoy the scenic route, and want to avoid ground traffic. The first ferry of the day leaves shortly after sun up and will continue traveling around the bay until somewhere between 5:45 and 8:00 p.m. each night. Depending on where you are traveling to, the ride could cost anywhere from $5 to $7(USD) for a one way ticket.
Check the following chart for ferry details.
|The vicinity of Trois Ilets|
|Fort de France|
|Pointe du Bout|
L'Express des Iles is an important service in this area of the Caribbean, connecting Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, and Martinique several times weekly. Although the schedule is subject to change you can expect to find trips from Martinique to these other islands on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,and Saturdays for about $135(USD) round trip.
|Location Served||Dock A||Dock B||Company||Frequency|
|Castries||Fort-de-France Ferry Terminal||Port Castries Ferry Dock||Channel Shuttle||3 to 4 days per week|
|Roseau||Fort-de-France Ferry Terminal||Roseau Ferry Terminal||L'Express des Iles||1 to 2 days per week|
The Channel Shuttle, meanwhile, operates out of Castries, St. Lucia, leaving from the island at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The round trip price is $77(USD).
Whether you're looking for a relaxing way to travel across the bay from Fort de France, or you're interested in doing some island hopping on your vacation, ferry services play a big role in people moving on Martinique.
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