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Drinking Water

It is safe to drink tap water in Martinique and St. Lucia. Bottled water is widely available for the more sensitive stomachs.

How to move

Martinique: Renting a car is the most reliable form of transportation. Car rental is simple, rates are good and the road network is just like any other modernized country.

Traveling by bus best is your next best option for short distances if you have time to spare. Most are small vans marked ‘TC’ (for taxis collectifs) on top. And if you have money, grab a cab. Lonely Planet writes that a 40% surcharge is added onto all fares between 8pm and 6am, and all day on Sunday and holidays.


Martinique: Wireless networks (sometimes called WLAN locally) have taken over in Martinique and are nearly always free. So just be sure to bring a wireless device… if not, it can be a pain to hunt down a internet cafe.

Cash in your pocket

Martinique uses the euro. Hotels, most restaurants and car-rental agencies take Visa and MasterCard. You can find ATMs across the island.

In Case of Emergency

Martinique and St. Lucia: Medical facilities may require advance payment. Be sure to get decent health insurance before you leave that includes air ambulance coverage, and we recommend seeing a physician six to eight weeks prior to your trip to determine health risks and necessary vaccinations is recommended.

Emergency phone numbers


Ambulance, 15

Fire, 18

Police, 17

Marine, 596/596 71 92 92

Canadian Consulate

There is no Canadian Consulate in Martinique. If you need assistance while visiting the islands, it’s recommended to contact the one in Barbados:

Street Address: Bishop's Court Hill, St. Michael, P.O. Box 404, Bridgetown, Barbados BB11113 Postal Address: P.O. Box 404 Bridgetown, Barbados BB11000

Telephone: (246) 629-3550 Fax: (246) 437-7436 Email:

Telephone Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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