8 Reasons to drop everything and go to Martinique
Sand bars with crystal clear water, aged sugar cane rum*, and waterfalls to rappel down, Martinique is a treat for the island connoisseur. Take at least ten days, pick up a rental car at the Fort-de-France airport, and explore the French-speaking island. I recommend renting a place in St. Luce, the charming seaside village in the south of the island. These are some of my favorite spots. Here’s a map to get your bearings.
Baignoire de Josephine (Josephine’s Bath)
The absolute must visit of your trip is Josephine’s Bath. These Fonds Blancs (white depths) are a sandbar off the coast of Francois. The water is waist deep and crystal clear, and the sand underfoot is soft and white. It’s an incredible place to spend an afternoon with the local drink, ti-punch (a rum, lime, and sugar concoction). Here’s one possible tour company.
Tucked away in the North West corner of the island, Anse Couleuvre is a stunning black sand beach running along the rainforest. Bring everything you need for the day and keep a weather eye out for mongoose. They will steal your lunch in a heartbeat!
One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Les Salines is backed by palm and sea grape trees and offers a clear view of St. Lucia on the horizon. The beach is a long expanse. You will have no trouble finding a place to park or lay your towel.
This lovely beach is protected by a reef, making for shallow, calm, and glass pane clear water. On windy days there are kite boarders flying through the water.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush go canyoning (rappelling down waterfalls). It’s exhilarating! Be sure to wear all of the safety gear and sneakers. Here’s one tour company.
Hike Mont Pelee
The active volcano last erupted in 1902 and now is a verdant wonderland to hike up. The view is apparently incredible but we attempted the walk on an overcast/ rainy day so the view was non-existent. I recommend holding out for a sunny day. The weather can change quickly so take a long sleeve and a rain jacket. Wear sneakers or hiking boots. Stop in the town Saint-Pierre for dinner and the sunset.
If you’re looking for a spot to cliff jump, this is the place to do it. The skinny inlet boasts a forty foot jump into sparkling blue water. There are many sea urchins so just be careful when you climb out. Stop for dinner in Anses d’Arlet on your way home.
Hike up the river cut between two cliffs to waterfalls. Be sure to wear sneakers, even though you’ll be walking and swimming. Take a waterproof camera if you want pictures (clearly I wasn’t that prepared!).
There is so much more to explore on the island. These are just some of my favorites! Feel free to share a comment with additional recommendations or questions.
*Try my favorite St. Etienne! Their aged rum is divine.