In the downtown area, at the end of the Malecon, is the Pointe Simm ferry dock. Several shipping companies offer shuttle service to nearby islands and various places on the island of Martinique. The most visited place on the island is Pointe du Bout (Les Trois-lets, south), the tourist area of hotels, beaches, marina and a shopping area (the Creole villa). The station has a tourist information office and taxi rank.
Fort de France is the capital of Martinique, and its port is the main port of entry to the island, both for tourists, who usually arrive on the huge cruise ships, and the commercial ships. The cruise terminal is located about 15 minutes from the city centre, and has a point of tourist information and reception, an office of customs control, and a small mall with duty free shops called "The Sea Explorer". There is also a taxi rank and several tour operators offering trips and tours to explore the island. Across the dock there is a marina for yachts and sailboats.
Next to the cruise terminal, across the pier, there is a marina, where you can see many yachts and boats. The bay of Fort de France is considered one of the most secure and most beautiful in the Caribbean and has been a popular destination for hundreds of years. Recently it's become fashionable, so a marina has been built.