As an American, I was wondering how hard it is to drive in Martinique. I speak a little French.
Driving in Martinique, in my opinion, is easy. The roads are very good compared to other Caribbean Islands and they are well marked. Use you phone GPS and the map from the rental company and you'll be fine. The coast roads tend to be flat, the interior roads can be steep and curvy. Just take your time and enjoy the surroundings.
If you are comfortable with manual transmission and don't mind roundabouts, you should not have much trouble. The only real nuisance is congestion in bigger towns.
I just came back from Martinique and will be posting a full trip report, but I have to say I found driving kinda stressful. Maybe I just don't have enough other islands to compare it to. The roads are curvy and you are constantly going up or down hills, they are not lit at night, there is virtually no shoulder, and the speed bumps can be hard to distinguish from crosswalks. I had a standard transmission rental car and after the first day of grinding gears it all came back to me, so that was not the problem. I agree the signage at roundabouts is good, I just did not enjoy driving at night at all, and in January darkness falls pretty quickly. Good luck!
Rent a car in advance and an automatic transmission is readily available. We used Enterprise and were quite happy - the roads were a world away from the 20-minutes from next-door-flight white-knuckle roads of St. Lucia! :O Martinique had the best roads we've seen so far in the Caribbean. My Garmin 3597 LMT HD had all the maps already and my Sammy had the translator app, no need for guides or a French lesson. People were nicer than nice, polite and helpful, I was very pleasantly surprised.Edited: 2 years ago
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