Northern Martinique is the side of the island that few travelers see. Rugged, windswept and mountainous, it contains much of the island's most impressive scenery and best hiking opportunities, including its trump card, massive Mont Pelée, the semi-active volcano that has profoundly shaped both Martinique's geology and history.
Unlike the south, this is not a region known for its beaches, though there are a few terrific ones here if you know where to look. This absence means that there are no resorts, and consequently far fewer tourists than you'll find down south. With fantastically scenic landscapes such as that of the Presqu'île de Caravelle and Grand Rivière, not to mention the historic charm of St-Pierre, it's easy to see why northern Martinique is for Caribbean connoisseurs.