In the eastern Caribbean, you’ll find Martinique. You’ll find no shortage of pristine beaches, delicious French cuisine, and rugged scenery. If you’ll be heading out to this region, here are 12 exciting things to place on your to-do list.
1. Shop In Pointe du Bout
This resort region has streets lined with ice cream shops, cafés, and restaurants. When you’re done shopping, a ferry service can whisk you away across the bay to Anse Mitan where you can enjoy a drink, snorkel, or just soak up the sun.
2. Dive Off Diamond Rock
It is a volcanic mound that’s one of the best diving sites in Martinique. The rock is also known for its deep underwater caves and the abundance of fish, corals, and sponges that can be found beneath the water.
3. See the Black Sand Beach at Grand-Rivière
The black sand of this small fishing village is definitely a sight to be seen! This area is also full of charming seafood restaurants, as well as hiking trails for you to burn off those extra calories when you’re all done.
4. Shop for Herbs at the Grand Marche
Also known as the Spice Market, Grand Marche is the place to visit to find regional herbs you can’t find back at home. From from dried bois bandé, jerk seasoning, and the freshest cinnamon, you’ll definitely be in herb heaven (herb-en)!
5. Explore the History of Saint-Pierre
Saint-Pierre was the cultural center of Martinique up until Mount Pelée erupted and destroyed the town back in 1902. Nowadays, many of the ruins can still be viewed, like the old theater, and a row of single story houses.
6. Tour Musée de la Pagerie
Napoleon’s wife Josephine, was born in this Museum. This stone cottage has been restored and now includes some of her personal property, including love letters from the French Emperor and childhood artifacts.
7. Explore Gorges de la Falaise
This hike up will lead you to dazzling waterfalls and sparkling rivers that are great for swimming. Surrounded by thick forests, this is one of the most picturesque areas in all of Martinique.
8. Hike Through Caravelle Peninsula
Nature lovers can wander their way through rugged terrain next to the gorgeous coastline and the beautiful forest. At the end of the trail, you’ll find Tartane – a small beach known for having the best swells in Martinique.
9. Listen to Music at Le Carbet
This is said to be the landing site of Christopher Columbus back in 1502. Today, it’s a beachside venue where musicians can perform their songs for visitors and the locals. Enjoy the sunset while the music plays in the background!
10. Sip a Cocktail at Les Salines
These white sand beaches are located at the southern tip of Martinique. There’s no shortage of things to do here, from swimming to snorkeling. If you’re looking for some R&R, grab a rum punch, pull up a beach chair, and unwind!
Which one would you like to do?