Attractions on Martinique

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 consider visiting on the island. Whether you prefer being around other people, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you can find a beach that fits your preferences. You can click on the beach names for a detailed article concerning that beach.

Anse Gros Raisin: With calm water and soft sands, this beach is lined by coconut trees and nearby several small restaurants with tables and benches so guests can dine outside with a view of the sea. One downside to this beach is that it is known for its abundance of seaweed.

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 merely a few of the options. To navigate to our page about beaches, navigate to 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.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit 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 popular destination 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: The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

These are only a few of what's on the island. Read this page which is all about other interesting places to visit on Martinique if you want some more specifics.

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.

Vacationers who like the open air will often have a pleasant time visiting Nature Reserve of La Caravelle. Take a walk through the Martinique countryside when you traverse this nature reserve and explore this important protected area.

A second local attraction that's popular with visitors 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.

Needless to say, there are a wider range of nature attractions. Click on this link to check out our article about natural attractions on the island.

Casinos

Martinique Casinos

Feeling lucky? Travelers interested in trying their luck in some gaming action will have a few places to go on the island.

Casino Bateliere-Plaza is found in Fort de France, Martinique. Offering both table games and slot machines, there's a little something for everyone to dabble in. Video machine games include Sphynx 3D, Crystal, and Zuma.

If you're simply looking to play a few slots, you should check out Casino Trois-Ilets. Slot machines such as Superman and Mummy can be found among others. The Idleness, a restaurant within the casino, serves delectable cuisine made from market produce.

The casinos on Martinique can be seen right below.

Gambling On Martinique
Name Phone Location
Casino Bateliere-Plaza (059) 661-7323 1.7 mi. West of Central Fort de France
Casino Trois-Ilets (059) 666-0030 1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Trois Ilets

Other Attractions

Additionally, vacationers will find a few other attractions. The table just below lists more details regarding the other miscellaneous attractions on Martinique.

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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