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26th April 2009, 07:58 PM
Martinique is a province of France. It is part of the French Antilles and the most northerly of the Windwards Caribbean islands. Martinique has an area of 1,128 km2 and a population of 432.900. It is very mountainous and green. There are two volcanoes, the tallest Mount-Pelée is still active and on May 8 1902 it erupted destroying the then capital of the island, of St. Pierre, killing over 30,000 people.

The climate of Martinique is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August. During the rain season the island is very humid and uncomfortable.

Check-in is best undertaken in the main yacht harbor on the island at Cul-de-Sac du Marin. It is a large landlocked lagoon with many coves and bays. It is considered an excellent hurricane hole. The main commercial harbor is Fort-de-France.

Arrival:
Vessels MUST make first landfall at an official Port of Entry. Customs and immigration formalities must be completed as soon as possible after arrival. PLEASE NOTE: The original' ship's registration documents must be produced - copies are not accepted.

Departure:
Vessels MUST clear out at an official Port of Entry so as to obtain a clearance certificate.

Ports and Stops:
Fort-de-France (Commercial Port) (Port of entry)
Cul-de-Sac du Marin (Port of entry)
Anse Mitan (Port of entry)
St Pierre (Port of entry)

Anchorages:
The Anchorage at Sainte Anne
GPS: 14°26.3′N, 60°53.1′W
Sainte Anne is a very attractive anchorage just 6 nM from the marina. Anchor across from the little town at 5 m depth over sand, good holding. It easy to go to the town with the dinghy which you can tie at the little dock. Good provisions. Fresh bread!

Marinas:
Cul-de-Sac du Marin Marina
Mail Address: 97290 Le Marin, Martinique, FWI, France
Phone: +596 596 74 83 83
http://www.portmarin.com/fr/default.asp
Warning: The approach into the Cul-de-Sac du Marin lagoon is very tricky to navigate because one must follow a channel that snakes around reefs and shallow sand bars. This channel is well marked but to make it even more challenging it uses the buoys in the American IALA B system (red right returning) which is the opposite of the IALA A used by the rest of the world. That is you must keep a red marker to your starboard instead of to your port.

Martinique on the World Cruising Wiki - HERE (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Martinique)
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