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Best and Worst Times to Visit Martinique

Tropical Martinique
Heavy rainfall during parts of the year creates lush landscapes on Martinique. © Martinique Tourist Board

The best time to visit Martinique is February through April when rainfall is lowest. The worst time is June through December during hurricane season.

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.

Martinique attracts a large number of French visitors—nearly 78 percent of the total visitors. Martinique has long been a French overseas territory.

They flock to this very French island even though it is one of the rainiest islands in the Caribbean.

Popular Times to Visit

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.

When is Martinique’s Hurricane Season?

Martinique monthly rainfall
© 2021 Scott S. Bateman

Martinique has a rainy season most of the year. The average rainfall reaches a low point for the year of about four inches from January through April. That level is actually a rainy season for many other Caribbean islands. It’s also the best time to visit for anyone who wants the lowest risk of 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 Meteo France, the national meteorology service.

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.

Despite these historical averages, we got lucky during a December visit. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

Best Times to Visit for Temperatures

Martinique monthly temperatures
© 2021 Scott S. Bateman

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

The average daytime 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 nighttime 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.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the America.

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September 06, 2021