View from the hills of Le Diamant
For your first day in Martinique you can head straight to les Salines' beach in Sainte Anne, which is one the most beautiful beaches of Martinique, but also the most frequented by tourists. So it's best to go early if you want a few hours of peace.
Sainte-Anne - Les Salines
Les Salines is clearly one of the most beautiful beaches of Martinique. It gets very crowded by the end of the morning and first part of the afternoon but it is worth it. It is a must do at least once during your stay.
If you are staying in Le Diamant, you can get get back there in the afternoon to check out its beach. This beach is less crowded than other beaches but has space and has some charm with its coconut trees. One of the main reason is that the sea is more agitated here and there are some strong currents if you go too far into the sea. Therefore it's not the best if you want to chill without moving in the sea.
On the third day you can explore the east of the island. This part is less turistic and is mostly made of cane sugar and other plantations and residential areas such as le François.
Before taking the road you can have a quick swim at Le Diamant's beach and enjoy the special ambiance of the early morning.
La Pointe Faula's beach is very flat and you can go very far in the sea and still be on your feet. Other than that this beach has little interest and is not the most beautiful one.
Le François - Habitation Clément
The Habitation Clement is the most visited museum in Martinique therefore expect a little crowd here, but nothing too important. You can visit the museum, learn how rhum is made, and enjoy a degustation of the different rhums at the end. And occasionally buy some bottles of rhums directly from the makers!
You can then head to La trinité for a little trek from the castle to the lagune down below. You can also visit the castle, which offers a nice view on the coast.
After these first days of beach it is time to do some sport and climb the montagne pelée! Located in the north of the island, this volcano is the symbol of the north of Martinique, where it dominates Saint Pierre and Le Carbet.
Saint-Pierre - La montagne pelée
You can start the ascension of the volcano at Morne rouge. The climb is fairly easy and can be done by almost anyone, at least to the third refuge. Going to "Le Chinois" is a little more difficult, but nothing extraordinary.
Saint-Pierre was destroyed in 1902 by the last eruption of the volcano. It is worth taking some time to walk in the remains to see how devasted the city was. Also don't miss the "man in the prison".
On the way back to the south stop to Le Carbet for a quick swim. The particularity of this beach is its black volcanic sand, that you'll find of many beaches in the north, due to the proximity of La montagne pelée.
Jardin de Balata
If you love some green vegetation and tropical flowers make a stop to Balata's gardens. They were destroyed around 2007 during tropical storms, and it has since lost much of its original beauty but let's hope it'll regrow to what is was once! It'll take some time before that, but until then don't expect too much from it. It is a nice stop, but nothing extraordinary.
This is a very nice beach with clear blue water, and the church that's sitting just next to the beach makes it the ideal postcard picture!
You can then go to Anse Dufour, which is a small beach hidden in a crique. The beach is quite small and made of black sand and rocks. Good to go once, but not more.
On the fifth day you can visit Sainte Luce and the Trois Rivière distillery. Make also a stop to Sainte Luce's beach, which is not more frequented by locals.
On the 7th day you can visit another distillery and go to La Mauny on the east of the island.
Distillery La Mauny
January is not the best time though to visit a distillery as the activity there is inexistant, but they will explain how rhum is made and what machines they use.
One of our favorite beaches in Martinique. The road to get there is not the best, but it makes it even more rewarding once you get there!
If you are in the area head one last time to Sainte-Anne, have a walk on the beach and then go to the town to buy some souvenirs and gifts for your friends.