North of St-Benoît the D53 strikes southwest, following the Rivière des Marsouins 15km upstream to end beside the Takamaka viewpoint. Be...
Ferme Équestre du Grand Étang
Horse riding is a low-impact way to soak up the drop-dead gorgeous scenery. The Ferme Équestre du Grand Étang, just beyond the turn-off...
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Le Relais des Plaines
Traditional cuisine is given a modern makeover at this restaurant occupying a tastefully restored Creole house just off the main road....
Grand Étang information
Lonely Planet review
Around 12km southwest of St-Benoît along the road towards Plaine-des-Palmistes, is the 3km road to Grand Étang (Big Pond). This pretty picnic spot lies at the bottom of an almost vertical ridge separating it from the Rivière des Marsouins valley. Most people simply walk around the lake, following a well-defined path. It's muddy in places, but shouldn't take more than three hours from the car park, including a side trip to an impressive waterfall .