When to visit Martinique

by SmarterTravel Staff

Martinique's climate remains consistently warm year-round. The weather is most ideal from December 15 to May 15, while the rainy season occurs in September and October. The most popular time to visit is mid-December through mid-April when the island attracts visitors seeking a winter escape. During the major French vacation time in July and August, the island sees a surge in visitor numbers. Although the weather isn't perfect during the fall rainy season and late spring, these are the best times to find travel bargains.

  • high season: mid-December to mid-April
  • low season: mid-April to June, September to mid-December
  • shoulder season: July to August

Weather Information

Martinique's climate averages 79 degrees annually, and there is only about a five-degree difference between summer and winter temperatures. Two regular alternating trade winds called les alizés (east and northeast) keep the island cool. The rainy season runs September through the end of October. Hurricanes are possible from August through October, but touchdowns are rare.

Crowd Information

The island is most crowded from December through February, and the least crowded in September and October. Martinique's Carnival in February is celebrated across the island and attracts many visitors.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and venues generally stay open all year.

When to Save

For maximum value, the best time to visit Martinique is during May or June, when the weather is still pleasant and special rates on hotels are available throughout the island. Bargains are also available during the rainy season of September through October.

When to Book

Book at least three months in advance to find lower prices, particularly for high season travel.

Information provided by the Martinique Promotion Bureau.

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