Directly across the bay from Fort-de-France is the commune of Trois-Îlets, which includes several distinct towns and villages. First of all, there's Trois-Îlets itself, a historic town that retains quite a bit of charm and is well known as the birthplace of Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, later Empress Josephine of France through her marriage to Napoléon Bonaparte. Her childhood plantation home is now an interesting museum.
Also here is Pointe du Bout, Martinique’s most developed resort, home to the island’s most-frequented yachting marina and to some of its largest hotels. There are some good beaches here, but you'll be sharing them with some serious crowds. Overall it's a popular place for a beach holiday, and a great base for families, though many travelers will prefer to explore other spots on the coast to find a true Caribbean vibe.