Around 12km southwest of St-Benoît along the road towards Plaine-des-Palmistes, is the 3km road to Grand Étang (Big Pond). This pretty...
North of St-Benoît the D53 strikes southwest, following the Rivière des Marsouins 15km upstream to end beside the Takamaka viewpoint. Be...
Le Beauvallon is well known to everyone in the area, not least for its location beside the mouth of the Rivière des Roches and its...
Lonely Planet review
Very few visitors have heard about Îlet Bethléem, a magical spot by the Rivière des Marsouins that locals would like to keep for themselves. Reached after a 15-minute walk from the car park, it features an old chapel (1858) – still a pilgrimage site – and a smattering of picnic shelters amid lush vegetation. It's also an excellent swimming spot, with lots of natural rock pools. Unfortunately, the area was sprinkled with rubbish the day we visited. Follow the D53 in the direction of Takamaka, then turn left after about 1km (it's signposted).