Martinique Le Marin

Martinique is the Center of the Caribbean
I have always enjoyed the island of Martinique and especially the harbor of Le Marin. As an Amel owner, it is difficult to find a better place anywhere in the world. Le Marin is a perfect place for refit or repair of Amels.
• Amel-owned service and repair facility
• La Marina du Marin, a wonderful marina
• Caraibe Marine Group of Companies – best in N America & Caribbean
• Carenantilles – the best haulout facility in the Caribbean
• Caribbean Yacht Sales who sell more Amels than almost anyone

From very experienced and respected SM owners, Bill Kinney & Karen Smith: "The Martinique labor rate is very reasonable, about 65 € an hour...The expertise available in Martinique is so far above and beyond it’s not even close to anywhere else.  We arrived with a pretty long list of parts we were looking for.  Everyone was either available from Amel Caraibes, or Alban could send us to a local supplier who had them.  Need a new helm station switch for your anchor windlass or bow thruster?  They have those.  Need a new seal for your companionway slide? They have that. And all within walking distance."

Martinique has the best rum distillers in the Americas. The island is beautiful from its shores to its rain forests. It is simply hard to find a better place.

When checking flights be sure to check flights to St. Martin, then a connection to Martinique via Air Caraibes or Air Antilles Express. Both have daily flights. The ferries to/from St. Lucia are not good options because from the airport to the ferry is $100 and a 2.5-hour taxi.

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Preferred Vendors of Products and Services:
I negotiated discounts for my clients from select suppliers in Martinique that I have personally used. The following are Martinique Preferred Vendors. Click on each for more information. All of the vendors offer you discounts, except Amel.

Caraibe Marine offers Amel Yacht owners a large experienced and single-ownership company that is divided into smaller specialized shops run by highly experienced managers responsible for each shop. Each shop is staffed with knowledgeable technicians and equipped with the necessary tools, equipment, and parts. They all have the necessary experience and they all love boating. Caraibe Marine is the vision of its owner, Philippe LECONTE.  Philippe is the owner of this great resource to an Amel owner, but on any day you will find him in one of the shops working for you. He is very close to his managers and their customers. Caraibe Marine and its shops are located in La Marina du Marin Martinique. More...

La Marina du Marin, located in the south of Martinique in the cul-de-sac du Marin is one of the largest nautical bases in the Caribbean. The marina is recommended by Bill Rouse and his Yacht School Clients as the best marina in the Eastern Caribbean. The marina has 830 berths and 100 moorings. It is in the same bay as the highly recommended haulout Yard, Carenantilles Martinique (below). The marina has special monthly pricing if reserved in advance of your arrival. Be sure to reserve in advance and ask for special pricing. The marina also has an "Amel Pontoon." It is Pontoon 4. Reserve this in advance because it fills up fast. More...

Amel Martinique - 
Be sure to meet Alban LEROY manager of Amel Martinique. More...

This yard is better than any on the east coast of the US. contact Jocelyne FRANCIETTE <> or by mobile phone at +596 696 37 67 14 and identify yourself as a Yacht School Client using your Boat name and hull#. More...

Dieter knows diesel engines and Amels. When you arrive in Martinique, contact Dieter and tell him that you are a client. More...

Caribbean Yacht Sales
Stop by and visit their office inside the marina facilities. They are located very close to Amel's office. Say hello to Stéphanie Dupland. Stéphanie is a sailing and cruising professional. She joined Caribbean Yachts sales after sailing from Martinique to Tahiti alone with her daughter on a 35' monohull. Stéphanie will be happy to give you the best advice on anything on the island. Also, Stéphanie is an AMEL specialist. +596 (0)596 74 16 70, +596 (0)696 23 43 28

Recommended Amel Surveyor
Pierre CORRIVEAUD, Marine Surveyor
MARTINIQUE & Caribbean
+(596) 696 21 32 15

Recommended Customs Agent
Douglas Rapier
Mob.: +596 696 45 89 75
O: +596 (0) 5 96 52 14 28

Where to stay near the marina:
VRB Apartment: A few minutes from the Marina. This small 30m² (432 sq feet) apartment is fully equipped, functional, and air-conditioned; The linen is provided. It can accommodate 2 people. It is close to all amenities: bakery, supermarket, shops, restaurants, beach, and marina. It is directly across the road from Amel's office in the marina.
La "Résidence des Iles"
I have stayed here 3 times. These are apartments a short walk up a hill near the marina of LE MARIN in MARTINIQUE.
Their apartments are not for rent on booking websites. Please contact them directly for availability and best prices. Minimum stay of 3 nights. La Résidence des Iles Martinique - Quartier Mondésir - 97290 - LE MARIN FWI MARTINIQUE
Phone: +596 (0) 596 74 02 34
Google Maps: 

Places to visit:
L’Habitation Clément Rum Distillery with wonderful tours. The marina office will give you more information: