Les Anses d’Arlet is without a doubt the most charming corner of southern Martinique, retaining as it does an undiscovered feel, some gorgeous scenery and wonderful beaches. The commune of Les Anses d'Arlet contains a string of villages, each named descriptively after its respective anse (cove): Grande Anse, Anse Noire, Anse Dufour and – confusingly – Anse d'Arlet Bourg, the administrative center of Les Anses d'Arlet. The villages are connected by a steep and winding coastal road from where there are superb glimpses down to the waves below.
Anse d'Arlet Bourg itself is crowned by an 18th-century Roman Catholic church whose doors open almost directly onto the beach, and the entire scene is framed with steep, verdant hills. The next-door village of Grande Anse is set along a beachfront road lined with brightly painted boats and a string of restaurants, while lovely Anse Dufour and Anse Noire remain almost untouched by tourism.