Our 2002 Hylas 46

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Martinique – Fort de France

A short motor south gets us from St. Pierre to Fort de France where we drop anchor right behind the Fort walls. I would never have guessed how large the city of Fort de France was. This is by far the largest city we have been in since leaving the USA.  Since we sidestepped around Pointe a Pitre we may have missed a comparison but none the less this is impressive.

The view towards the city centre

Ferry terminal in the foreground
No shortage of condos!

The fort we are anchored behind is still today an active Naval base for France and as such, sections of the fort are inaccessible as they in use by the military.

This anchorage is also about location location location – we are located in the heart of the old town with a beautiful view of La Savane - a huge park with towering Imperial Palm trees. 

La Savane - Imperial Palms

The other major plus is that they have a dinghy dock that one doesn’t require mountain goat skills and footing to scale up!

The area is about 10 square city blocks of park, shops, restaurants and bars. Again we are lucky to have our first visit on a day when there is no cruise ship in town. This daes make for a much quieter and enjoyable walkabout.

Old Town with new apartments

Old Town

Old Town

Park in front of the Arts Theatre

Reconstruction under way

The Market

We took advantage of a large Carrefour grocery store that was within a short walk to buy cheese, wine and delicious cold cuts and of course a baguette or three! 


  1. As promised just went through your voyage. The US part is amazing for us and very unusual. The rest of the voyage remind us so many souvenirs...Thank you very much for all the stories, good and lesser good ones (also remind us many sail events, in french we call that "la plaisance" lol). Great pictures also. We wish you all the best for the next trips coming. Enjoy the Caribbean water...Peggy & Jean-Luc (Le Tamaya)