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Martinique Essential Information

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Martinique. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.


Before you go

La Marina du Marin
BP279, Le Lamentin 97285
Martinique French West Indies

Base hours
8:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Saturday 
8:00am – 1:00pm Sunday
Evening staff to cover until all flights have arrived.

Time zone
Martinique is – 4 hours UTC/GMT.

The languages of Martinique are French, Creole, and English.

What to bring

Customs + immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and travelling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the embassy of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change.

Please check for the latest information before you leave. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

Sailing licences
No Formal Licence is Required

Luggage + packing list
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-coloured, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/creams
  • AUX line for playing music through your device

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

What's onboard

Mobile phones
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region.

Music + iPods
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX line so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Martinique usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

For more information on what's included on your yacht in Martinique, please view the full list here for Bareboat and Crewed Charters.

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Sailing licences

Experience level
Martinique is a Level 1 sailing area

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions.

This rating scale is designed as a guide based on the prevailing conditions during the most popular season.

Sailing grounds

Sailing area restrictions
We highly recommend planning your cruising itinerary along the west coast of Martinique only due to the challenging conditions and open waters on the eastern side. You may travel to other islands, but please keep in mind that you must clear customs as you pass through each country and generally fees are associated with the clearing process. Please discuss with you Holiday Planner if you have any questions.

It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require two persons minimum on board.

Night sailing
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance. You will need to fill out the Power CV for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.

Charts + pilot books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing.

Formalities + taxes
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards.

Each national territory, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent, the Grenadines & Grenada, charges fees. These are cruising permits, harbour dues and custom clearance fees. Average costs for a 45ft yacht with 6 people on a 2 week charter is approximately £60. Some marinas/moorings charge a fee of about £6-9.

Moorings fees + taxes
Anchorages and buoys are available all along the coast, a small fee is mandatory in a number of the bays.

Anchorage : Mayreau - Tobago Cays - Union  25€/night
                      Mustique : 75€/night

Clearances : Bequia - Union  35€ Per adult (crew included)
                                                50%  of adult per child

Health + safety

Vaccination and Immunization Information 
This destination is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Visit for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice Information. Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting

Swim Safe 
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Travel Insurance
Sunsail offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Sunsail holiday.

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Around the base

Euro is the currency used throughout Martinique.

Appro-Zaguya, offers online ordering only and delivery.
Carrefour Market Marin, 7-10 Minute ride. Also offers online ordering.
Open Mon-Sat 8 am-8 pm Sun and public holidays 8 am-12 pm

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here.

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