Why choose a cruise to Fort De France?
Having been injected with a new lease of life over the past decade, Fort De France is a diverse city that has plenty to offer. It’s known for its fusion of colonial and contemporary architecture, botanical gardens, beaches and French avenues.
Fort St Louis, from which the city takes its name, dominates the rugged coastline in all its glory. Continue inland and you’ll find yourself submerged in Caribbean history where you can indulge in a patisserie or soak up the sun at the beach – head north for a treetop walkway and mountain views.
A guide to Fort De France’s hotspots
Fort De France is a walkable city, and if you have the energy for it you can cover a lot of ground – the commanding St Louis Cathedral is only a short walk away. Once there you’ll fully appreciate its historical significance.
If retail therapy is more your thing, explore the colourful avenues leading to the heart of the city by La Savane. You can always rest those weary feet and do a spot of people watching afterwards at one of the park-side cafes.
Winding up the hills of the city is Distillerie la Favorite, a quaint rum factory that makes rhum agricole with pure sugar-cane juice in a clean, punchy style – a world away from the heavy, dark spirit found elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Heading north about 10km outside of Fort de France is the Jardin de Balata, a botanical garden with exotic plants from around the world. Those with a head for heights should take the treetop walkway for fantastic views.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Fort De France
The best time to visit
Fort De France is definitely a winter-to-spring holiday destination as between December and April, the weather is generally hot, sunny and dry.
If you’re after something quieter and would appreciate a cooler temperature and don’t mind the odd short downpour, then summer to autumn would suit you better.
Did you know?
- La Savane Park has a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte’s first wife, Josephine, who was born on the south side of the island
- The French settled in 1762 and built Fort-Royal as a strategically positioned harbour
- Rum distilleries in Fort De France make their rum from the juice of crushed sugar cane, unlike most other producers, which use dark molasses