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Address: Fort-de-France, Martinique
Phone Number: 0596602773
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This French fort is best known for its architecture and its commanding...

This French fort is best known for its architecture and its commanding views of the coast.

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A colonial fort in the Caribbean is always worth visiting, it's almost always a trip in time. This one however, requires a bit of ingenuity just to get in. Ft. St. Louis is... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A colonial fort in the Caribbean is always worth visiting, it's almost always a trip in time. This one however, requires a bit of ingenuity just to get in. Ft. St. Louis is STILL an active French naval base, however you CAN get in if you buy tickets at the tourist office in La Savane. Tours depend on almost everything... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Contrary to several previous reviews, my personal experience is that you can gain entry to this historically important landmark. But you need to buy a ticket from the tourist office located in the southwest corner of the nearby park, La Savane. It is a small kiosk near the intersection of rue de la Liberte and boulevard Alfassa. Behind dark probably... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The fort juts out into the sea and looks amazing from far away with its fortifications and greenery, unfortunately that's all you'll get. The fort is an active military base and closed to the public. The view from the ferry to the anse à l'âne and the anse mitan is pretty cool too.

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Layton, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Don't try to get in as it is still an active French Military Base. You can walk around it and the views of Martinique are good from this part of the island but you'll be okay to just see what you can see from across the bay. We really didn't enjoy trying to talk with the locals around here because... More 

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Thank Richard_from_Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Only could see from outside. Gate was locked. Couldn't find a way to get in. Seemed nice from the outside, wish we could of seen from the inside

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Brisbane, Queensland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

We were on a Caribbean cruise and spent a Sunday in Martinique. We walked through the park (Park La Savane) along the shoreline leading up to Fort St Louis. We got a good look at the outside of the Fort from the outside - the high walls stretching on to the promontory. But unfortunately, we couldn't get in. There was... More 

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Thank seagullrob
South Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

We could see the massive fort from the ship. As I got closer to the walls, it was quite an imposing structure. As I got around to the entrance, I could see some large anchors and canons displayed near the gate. Since we were visiting on Easter Sunday, it was closed due to the holiday. The Exterior is impressive; but... More 

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Crossville, Tennessee
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

We had never been to Martinique, so we were looking forward to visiting. Unfortunately, our ship docked on a Sunday and none of the main shops or local tour providers were open. We could see a fort from our cruise ship, so we decided to explore. The problem was all the signs were written in French only! Not in English,... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

No way in. No signs. Closed. Just some piece of old walls and a blue closed gate. Dirty surrounding that makes the visit even more as waste of time.

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Thank Carolina Z
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

As others have said, you have to plan your visit carefully if you want to go inside the fort, as this can only be done on a guided tour, between certain hours. This is because the fort is still used and there are military goings-on inside, and they don't want you wandering off and seeing something you shouldn't, and conquering... More 

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