Martinique Attractions

Martinique is full of wonderful things to see and do

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The charm of the French-Caribbean island of Martinique is hard to deny. The island features wonderfully sophisticated French culture as well as fantastic beaches. The coastline of Martinique is like no other. Here, the sands are diverse and full of color. And after an afternoon of being a beach bum, you can enjoy plenty of other great attractions throughout the island.

Beaches

Anse Ceron

Martinique's beaches are exotic and appealing because of their distinctive diversity. On some of the island's shores, vacationers will find dazzling white sands that shimmer like diamonds in the Caribbean sun, and on the next coastline, you may find rich charcoal-colored sands. The contrasting sands also have other colorful features. The tropical vegetation along the coast is lush and flourishing and covers the hillsides in vibrantly colored flora.

Martinique's beaches are distinguished by their different locations. The beaches situated on the Atlantic side of the island feature picturesque scenery, including towering rock cliffs. Other beach-front scenery includes rolling green hills, lush vegetation, and much more. Most of the white-sand beaches are located on the south shores of the island. The best beaches in this region are Cap Chevalier and Les Salines near Ste. Anne.

There are several beaches to visit on the island. Whether you prefer people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you can find a beach that appeals to you. You can click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that beach.

Anse Gros Raisin: The beginning of a marked trail along the coast, Anse Gros Raisin is a quiet, uncrowded beach with a beautiful view.

Another location to consider is Plage de Cosmy. To get to the beach, go up through the main part of the city to the north, then take the small road that follows the coast. You'll find the beach after a few fishermen stalls with parking not far from the shore.

Anse Mabouyas: A normally empty beach, Anse Mabouyas is for whatever reason rarely visited by tourist or locals. Despite that, it is easy to reach and features calm Caribbean waters for any who come and visit.

These examples are just some of the places worth checking out Readers can get more information by visiting this page.

Landmark Attractions

Centre de Decouverte des Sciences et de la Terre

Art and history museums are also abundant on the island and are great spots to learn more about the rich culture and history of this French-Caribbean island. Not only is Martinique rich with French culture, but the island also has a splash of international influences. There is a Hindu temple on the island where travelers may be able to witness sacred religious ceremonies taking place. Other interesting landmarks on the island include the St. Louis Cathedral, which was built in 1875.

One popular destination is Musee de la Banane. It is found in Sainte Marie, Martinique. A working banana plantation, guests are invited to learn even the most obscure facts about bananas. There are even displays of its depiction in art.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Centre de Decouverte des Sciences et de la Terre. It is located in northwestern Martinique. Between September and June the museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Paul Gauguin Interpretation Center: Famed French artist Paul Gauguin lived on Martinique for five months, to study and paint his surroundings. Martinique honors Gauguin's efforts at the Paul Gauguin Interpretation Center (formerly the Musee Gauguin).

These are only some of the options that are available. For more details about other interesting places to visit this specific topic, read this guide to other sites worth visiting on the island.

Natural Attractions

Mangofil

...winding roads that hug majestic mountain landscapes...

 

After you've had your fill of beautiful beaches, you can head elsewhere on the island to explore Martinique's other amazing attractions. Take a tour of the island's countryside, which includes winding roads that hug majestic mountain landscapes. If you want to stay near the coast, there is a giant seaside rock that was turned into a fort, and is a historical landmark. For a closer walk among nature, take a stroll through Martinique's botanical gardens.

Nature Reserve of La Caravelle is one of the outdoor tourist attractions you should consider visiting. Take a walk through the Martinique countryside when you traverse this nature reserve and explore this important protected area.

Another local attraction you should consider visiting is Balata Botanical Gardens. Set on three hectares of private land with a view of the Pitons du Carbet is Balata Botanical Gardens, a botanical garden set up by the famed horticulturist Jean-Philippe Thoze.

Fortunately, there are other natural attractions. To get more information about this topic, read this article.

Casinos

Martinique Casinos

In the mood for some action? Vacationers interested in testing their luck in some gaming action will discover several opportunities to do so on the island.

Take some time to look through the table just below for more information about your options.

Gambling On Martinique
Name Phone Location
Casino Bateliere Plaza (059) 661-9906 1.7 mi. West of Central Fort de France
Casino Trois-Ilets (059) 666-0030 Trois Ilets, Southern part of Martinique

Other Attractions

In addition, travelers will find several other attractions. These miscellaneous attractions on Martinique are summarized below.

Other Attractions On Martinique
Name Type Location
Dauphins Martinique Dolphin Encounter Service Trois Ilets, Southern part of Martinique
David Dauphins Dolphin Encounter Service 2.0 mi. West of Central Trois Ilets
Planete Dauphins Dolphin Encounter Service 4.6 mi. South of Central Fort de France

Martinique has many spectacular sights and attractions for vacationers to explore while visiting this glamorous Caribbean paradise.

 

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