Martinique attractions

Top Choice Beach in Ste-Anne

Grande Anse des Salines

Immense, crystalline and glossy, Grande Anse des Salines doesn't disappoint the bevy of swimmers who dabble in its gorgeous depths or the sun worshippers who lie out on the ribbon of golden sand. Les Salines gets it…
Top Choice Notable Building in Fort-de-France

Fort St-Louis

The hulking fortress that gave the city its name lurks on the far side of La Savane and dates from 1640, although most of what stands today is the result of subsequent additions. After years of being closed to the p…
Top Choice Gardens in Northern Martinique

Jardin de Balata

Just 10km outside of Fort-de-France, this mature botanical garden in a rainforest setting is one of Martinique’s best attractions and it will please anyone with even a passing interest in botany. The hour-long walk …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Le Diamant

Rocher du Diamant

This extraordinary-looking 176m-high volcanic islet that's just under a mile offshore from the village of Le Diamant is a very popular dive site, with interesting cave formations but tricky water conditions. Various…
Beach in Les Anses d’Arlet

Plage Anse d'Arlet

This gorgeous stretch of sand in front of Anse d'Arlet Bourg is backed by the village's 18th-century church and is one of the most lovely places to swim in Martinique. Further down there are a host of beach restaura…
Ruins in Presqu’île de Caravelle

Château Dubuc

The ruins of this 17th-century estate are set almost at the end of the peninsula and are a haunting and atmospheric sight. The master of the estate apparently gained notoriety by using a lantern to lure ships into w…
Museum in Trois-Îlets

Musée de la Pagerie

This former sugar estate was the birthplace of Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, the future Empress Josephine. A picturesque stone building, formerly the family kitchen, has been turned into a museum contain…
Museum in Trois-Îlets

Maison de la Canne

This museum occupies the site of an old sugar refinery and rum distillery, and tells the fascinating and sad story of Martinique through the history of the slave trade, colonialism and eventual emancipation. Inside …
Zoo in St-Pierre

Zoo de Martinique

This former botanical garden on the southern outskirts of St-Pierre has undergone an impressive transformation and is now an excellent privately run zoo. Set within the ruins of a sugar mill dating from the 18th cen…
Museum in St-Pierre

Centre de Découverte des Sciences de la Terre

Just 1.5km north of town, the earth-science museum looks like a big white box set on top of some columns. It hosts a permanent exhibit on Mont Pelée, in French. Documentaries are screened all day long, but the one t…