The heart of Fort-de-France, La Savane is a 12½-acre park filled with trees, fountains, and benches. A massive revitalization made it the focal point of the city again, with entertainment, shopping, and a pedestrian mall. Attractive wooden stands have been constructed along the edge of the park that house a tourism information office, public restrooms, arts-and-crafts vendors, a crepe stand, an ice-cream stand, and numerous other eateries. Although homeless people frequent the park, they generally do not bother anyone.
The Hotel L'Imperatrice, directly across from the park, has become a real gathering place—particularly for its café, which opens to the sidewalk. The hotel also has one of the best kiosks in the Savane for lunch and snacks. The newer Fort Savane, a residence (apartments) for the business and leisure market, is also right across from its namesake park. The Simon Hotel is a short stroll away.
Diagonally across from La Savane, you can catch the ferries
for the 20-minute run across the bay to Pointe du Bout and the beaches at Anse-Mitan and Anse-à-l'Ane. It's relatively cheap as well as stress-free—much safer, more pleasant, and faster than by car.
The most imposing historic site in Fort-de-France is Ft. St-Louis, which runs along the east side of La Savane. Now a military installation, it's again open to the public. However, you have to arrange a guided tour in advance at the tourism kiosk.