Budgeting for a trip to Martinique can be one of the most important aspects of the vacation - whether travelers want to see this beautiful island on a tight budget, or have a luxury class tour of the island.
One of the most important factors in budgeting for this island in the French West Indies is that, being a French territory, its currency is the euro. Travelers from countries that do not use the euro will need to get accurate and recent information about currency conversion rates. Knowing what you'll be paying in euros is important, but it's easier when you have an idea of what the costs will be in your home currency. When budgeting don't forget to factor in this important information.
With that in mind, it should be easy to build yourself a budget to help you get an idea how much travel to Martinique will cost. With a number of factors to consider, it's best to make sure you haven't missed a thing.
Airfare, cruise costs, and charter costs are extremely variable, but will make up a large portion of your budgeting costs. Air/accommodation packages may be available, helping travelers to consolidate their budget, and cruises and charter yachts provide their own accommodations, but those who simply book airfare solo will need to consider this cost as well as the cost of accommodations.
The costs for any of these can be extremely variable. Whether you're traveling in high or low season, the number of people traveling, and even what days of the week you plan to travel can influence the costs of these main transit options. Doing a bit of your own research will help travelers get a better idea of their own costs.
Depending on the style of the accommodations you choose prices will range from under 100, to over 300, - approximately $125(USD) to $375(USD) - per night. Lower cost accommodations often include country guesthouses and smaller hotels around Martinique, while those in the upper ranges include high class resorts and rental islands.
Martinique has the unique distinction of having rental properties that are also all-inclusive. While rentals are not always, nor are they the only, all-inclusive accommodations on the island, they are a notable addition. All-inclusives provide travelers with the option to pay only one bill for almost all of their budget items, and can be another way to simplify your budget.
Many travelers in need of a way to get around on Martinique will choose to spend their time in a car. Usually around 35, per day ($43(USD)) or 200, ($245(USD)) per week, these allow travelers the freedom many desire. However, taxes and other fees may not be quoted in the cost, so be careful when budgeting and ask the company ahead of time what the final tally ought to be.
Taxis are a popular option for travelers unsure of their ability to drive in a new location, but unwilling to sacrifice a car's convenience, however, these are far from the least expensive way to get around. A ride from the airport to Fort-de-France will cost no less than 15?, approximately $18(USD). Touring taxis, paid by the hour, can run about as high as 48?, approximately $58(USD), per hour. Many taxis are Mercedes Benz.
Taxi collectifs are a type of lower cost taxi - sometimes limousines and sometimes vans - that run much more like a bus than like a taxi, loading up as many as 8 or 10 passengers at a time. They have no schedules, but cost as little as 5, - about $6(USD) - for a trip from Fort-de-France to St. Anne. Larger passenger buses, carrying around 40 passengers at a time, cost no more than 1.50?, under $2(USD), making them the least expensive form of transportation on the island.
Those who would like to make their journey a bit more physical can take a biking tour or rent a scooter. Bike tours can run at approximately 43, , around $53(USD), each, including meals, while the deposit on a scooter is about 30?, $36(USD). Ferries provide travelers with another adventurous route around the island. For no more than 6, - just over $7(USD) - travelers can see the sights from the sea itself. Ferries can also take sightseers from one island to another in the Caribbean. Vacationers on Martinique, Fort-de -France especially, can take advantage of the large number of inter-island ferries that the island has to offer.
There are a few other expenses that travelers may wish to think about on a daily basis, but can vary greatly from day to day as well. Items like food will most certainly cost vacationers daily, but some might forget to make a place in their budget for activities costs.
Travelers planning to spend an evening out on the town can expect to spend no less than $30(USD) for a three course meal and wine, while more expensive dinners can surpass $50(USD). Those not looking for a three-course meal will find their costs won't sink below $5(USD) - if they even reach below $10(USD). However, while travelers may find themselves paying a bit more, Martinique is certainly known for the high quality of its food.
Activities are another item that is often left un-budgeted. It's easy to overlook smaller fees, like entry to museums and other sights, as these are rarely a large cost. However, travelers will need to take into account what they plan to do - and how many people plan to do it. Children and adults will have fees for most activities, so travelers should plan accordingly if they plan to bring the whole family. Even smaller fees can add up when traveling with a group. Further, items like snorkeling and bike riding will usually cost more than a day at the beach.
Travelers spending their stays in all-inclusive resorts, however, may want to disregard both of these budget items almost entirely. All-inclusive resorts are designed with both activities and meals built into the cost of the room. However, those who would like to spend an evening dining outside the resort, or an afternoon exploring a museum, will find they'll need to pay for that. Therefore, your own personal budget will depend on what you would like to do.
Shopping is another expense that almost every traveler has. Whether it's that perfect souvenir for the folks back home or something to remember the trip by, nearly every vacationer will return home with a little something from Martinique. In fact, shoppers can save 20 percent on their purchases by paying in traveler's cheques and with some major credit cards in certain locations.
Popular local goods that travelers may want to consider making a little room in their budget for include gold Creole jewelry and straw goods, while the usual tourist items are available in shops especially clustered around Poine du Bout. Boutiques in the Galleria of La Lamentin are home to plenty of local goods, including rums and tapestries. In Fort-de-France travelers will find plenty of imports, from French perfumes to china sets, and even wines and liquors.
Travelers may have their own list of must-haves. Everything from traveler's insurance to bug spray may be on the list, but it's important to include all of the items on this list. So, remember, no matter what you're planning, making a budget can help you find out how much you should plan on spending on Martinique.
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