Martinique / Beach Life
Martinique has a variety of beaches, from dazzling white strands to rich charcoal-coloured beaches lined by flourishing tropical vegetation. Martinique's beaches can be distinguished by their different locations. Those on the Atlantic side of the island tend to feature picturesque scenery, including towering rock cliffs and rolling green hills. Most of the white-sand beaches are located on in the south of the island where the shallow sea stretches across to St Lucia. To the north the beaches have darker volcanic sand.
Below is a selection of the best beaches in Martinique.
Plage des Salines, southern tip
Many locals regard this beach, a stunning curve of white sand backed with palms, as Martinique's finest. It can get busy at weekends but it is generally pretty quiet in the week. No bathroom or shower facilities are available but there is a restaurant.
Cap Chevalier, south-eastern tip
This beach at the southeastern tip of the island is popular for windsurfers due to the strong winds. There are offshore reefs to explore and several beach bars and snack stalls. Busy at weekends.
Pointe de Marin, west coast near the southern tip
Protected by the southern tip of the island, Pointe de Marin is one of Martinique's most popular beaches. It faces west, so the sun hits it longer than it does on the east coast beaches. Several small cafés and eateries overlook the beach and bathroom and shower facilities are nearby.
Diamant Plage, southern side
One of the island's larger beaches on Martinique's southwest corner. A favourite with sunbathers. The beach doesn’t get too busy, thanks in part to the rough water.
Les Anses d’Arlet, south of Fort de France
A sting of dark sand coves along the southwestern shore of Martinique. Developed with small fishing villages and a few beach bars but a lovely remote and local feel.
Pointe du Bout, Les Trois-Ilets
A small peninsula just across the bay from Fort-de-France, with several small and man-made beaches. Some of Martinique's largest resort hotels are located here.
Anse Céron, north of Le Prêcheur in the north-west
Pristine black sand beach, with the startling blue of the sea to the west and unspoiled forests inland. Some snorkelling offshore. Bathroom and shower facilities available.
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Looking for inspiration?
- Visit the historic town and former capital, Saint-Pierre, at the foot of te volcano, Mont Pelee
- Take a ferry to Pointe du Bout ad Trois-Ilets and visit the birthplace of Empress Josephine
- Go shopping in Fort-de-France and experience its variety of shops from expensive French perfume at Roger Albert to the busy indoor market
- Hire a car for a scenic drive north through pineapple plantations and the dramatic rainforest
- Enjoy an evening of traditional folk dancing
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