Martinique Port wins highest distinction in Prestigious French Award!

Press release

New York, NY – December 2017—The Martinique Tourism Authority is pleased to announce that the port of Le Marin - the largest marina in Martinique, was awarded the distinction of five marine rings**, the highest ranking of the Quality Marina Award bestowed by the French Federation of Marinas.* With top-notch environmental infrastructures, the marina is located in the well equipped and dynamic town of Le Marin in the South of Martinique—Caribbean side, on one of the island’s most beautiful bays of the same name. And because of its environmental focus and accomplishments, La Marina Marin has also been rewarded with the Blue Flag for the 11th consecutive year.

The Quality Marina label is an exclusive label for marinas and is part of the FFM*-Odyssea strategy with the objective of evaluating these ports and improving their quality to the highest standards of infrastructure, equipment on-site, services and welcome.

From a ranking between1-5, the Marin Marina obtained level 5, reflecting the excellence of its services. It is one of only two ports—out of 320 French ports—to have ever attained this national level of distinction. This seal of excellence is not only a prestigious reward for the marina team and its “captain,” CEO Simon Jean-Joseph, but also for all stakeholders. “We are extremely proud of Simon Jean-Joseph and his team and what he was able to achieve at Le Marin Marina, the largest marina in the South Caribbean.” said Karine Mousseau, the Martinique Tourism Commissioner. Ms. Mousseau went on to say: “It is the perfect example of the overall efforts of the island’s tourism industry to consistently improve the quality of its services and strive for excellence, in order to assure our guests the best possible experience and stay in Martinique.”

**The Quality Marina Award’s “star” system

About Martinique ( – The French Caribbean Island of Martinique is also known as the Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, the Birthplace of coffee in the New World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications, services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are unparalleled in the Caribbean, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The currency is the Euro, the flag and the official language are French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. Martinique’s storied history further stirs travel passions.


Geraldine Rome
Martinique Promotion Bureau