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Best and Worst Months to Visit Martinique

Tropical Martinique
Heavy rainfall during parts of the year creates lush landscapes on Martinique. © Martinique Tourist Board
Martinique ranks among the most popular islands in the Caribbean, which may surprise many Americans because it isn’t widely known in the U.S.

In fact, it is one of the top 10 most popular destinations that are tracked by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

It ranks ninth overall, ahead of better known islands such as St. Maarten and Grand Cayman.

The island averages nearly 500,000 visitors each year with about 400,000 coming to stay over for multiple nights and 100,000 visiting by cruise.

One reason why Martinique is so popular but at the same time is not as well known in the U.S. is because it attracts a large number of French visitors -- nearly 78 percent of the total. Martinique has long been a French overseas territory.

Tourism Statistics


Martinique tourism statistics
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The chart to the right contains the most recent tourism statistics at the time of this writing from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

It shows a common pattern for islands in the Caribbean. Note the strong drop in visits during September and October. It usually happens because the Caribbean hurricane season reaches its highest level of storms and hurricanes during those months.

November also has a lower number of visitors because Martinique does not see a drop off in rainfall during that month, unlike many other Caribbean destinations.

The most popular months to visit are December through March plus August.


Rainy Season


Martinique has a rainy season that is similar to other Caribbean destinations -- except that it gets a lot more rain.

This wet island averages as much as 10 inches of rain per month from August through October and eight or nine inches in July and November, according to the World Weather Organization.

The number of days it rains each month also is high compared to other destinations, reaching about 20 days each from July through October.

Martinique’s rainfall is much higher than the average destination throughout the year and results in an island with lush tropical undergrowth.

If there is any kind of dry season, it takes place from February through April when rainfall averages less than four inches and rain days average about 13.

Temperatures


The island is most popular in April when rainfall is low and temperatures begin to increase again with the end of winter.

The average high temperature is around 85 degrees Fahrenheit and about 30 degrees Celsius. That average varies only about two to three degrees during the year.

The average low temperature is 73 degrees Fahrenheit and 23 degrees Celsius, again changing only slightly each month.

A combination of low rainfall and decent temperatures make March and April the best times to visit Martinique. High rainfall from September through November make those months the worst times to visit.

However, May and June are good times to go because of fewer crowds, lower prices and decent weather.

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