Beaches on Martinique

Martinique has a diverse selection of beaches

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Many visitors who return to Martinique agree that no two beaches on this island are the same. Vacationers may choose among a diverse assortment of sands. Like night and day, the beaches here can boast exotic jet-black sands while other beaches feature sparkling white sands. Although the beaches are different, they all share a unique tropical beauty that can only be found on Martinique.

All of the beaches on Martinique are open to the general public. Although there are no designated nude beaches on the island, topless sunbathing and swimming isn't uncommon at beaches near hotels, and even at the hotel pool. The facilities at most of Martinique's beaches can be limited, so you may not find changing rooms or showers. Beachgoers who aren't staying at one of the beachfront hotels have the option of renting lockers and changing areas from a few of these resorts.

Which Beaches Are Available?

You will discover a large selection of beaches to choose from on the island. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. To get additional information concerning a specific beach you can click on the names of the ones you'd like to know more about.

Anse Ceron

If you want to snorkel, a location with that option is 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.

Another good option for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Anse Ceron. Anse Ceron is one of the most popular beaches in all of Martinique. The slowly arching sand offers plenty of room for sun-bathers to spread out while the gentle shoreline waters are perfect for swimming.

Anse Mitan: Swimming and snorkeling are available at Anse Mitan, but beware of the deep water. The golden beaches are perfect for sunbathing, however.

The table just below offers some key facts regarding the beaches that can be found on the island.

Beaches On Martinique
Name Location Coast
Anse Bonneville 5.7 mi. North of Central Le Robert North East
Anse Ceron 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Le Precheur North West
Anse Corps de Garde 1.4 mi. West of Central Ste. Luce South
Anse Couleuvre 2.6 mi. North of Central Le Precheur North West
Anse Dufour 5.7 mi. South of Central Fort de France South West
Anse Gros Raisin 0.2 mi. South West of Central Ste. Luce South
Anse Mabouyas 2.2 mi. West of Central Ste. Luce South
Anse Mitan 3.9 mi. South of Central Fort de France South West
Anse Noire 5.6 mi. South of Central Fort de France South West
Anse Tartane 6.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Le Robert North East
Anse Trabaud 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Sainte-Anne South East
Anse a Prunes 2.9 mi. South of Central Sainte-Anne South
Anse l'Entang 6.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Le Robert North East
Anse-a-l'Ane 4.6 mi. South of Central Fort de France South West
Baie des Anglais 2.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Sainte-Anne South East
Cap Chevalier 3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Le Marin South East
Diamond Beach 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central downtown Diamant South
Fond Boucher Beach 1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Bellefontaine West
Grand Anse 2.4 mi. South of Central Sainte-Anne South East
Grand Anse d'Arlet 0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Grand Anse-d'Arlets South West
Grand Macabou 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central Le Marin South East
Grande Terre Beach 2.9 mi. South of Central Sainte-Anne South
La Francaise Downtown Forte de France South West
Le Cabaret Beach 1.9 mi. Northwest of Central Bellefontaine West
Les Salines 1.7 mi. South of Central Sainte-Anne South East
Plage de Case Navire 2.2 mi. West of Central Fort de France West
Plage de Cosmy 1.4 mi. North of Central Trinite East
Plage de Madiana 1.9 mi. West of Central downtown Forte de France South West
Plage de l'Anse Madame 2.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Fort de France West
Playa Saint Pierre 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central St. Pierre North West
Pointe du Bout 3.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Fort de France South West
Pointe du Marin 0.2 mi. South of Central Le Marin South East
Sainte-Marie Beach 0.3 mi. North of Central Sainte Marie East

Bear in mind, you'll find some other kinds attractions available. Use this link to find our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for Martinique.

Beaches Map

The beaches on Martinique vary by region.

North Beaches

The rich black sands of Martinique's northern coast are a testimony to the volcanic activity of the island's past. The island emerged from the depths of the ocean with a sequence of eruptions from an underwater volcano. Now, the remnants of inactive volcanoes, along with the towering Mount Pelé, are concentrated along the north coast of the island with the majority of the black sand beaches. These beaches mainly face the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean. With ebony sands set against the emerald green hills, the area is alive with amazing color contrasts.

The black sand beaches vary in size and ambiance. From long stretches of dark coastline bordered by majestic palms, to small coves resting at the foot of large rock cliffs, the north beaches have their own distinctive appeal, so you can explore your beach options for the place that's right for your vacation.

Some of the northern beaches have a combination of black and white sands, creating shores of a smoky gray hue, such as the beach at Anse Céron. Along with its unique sands, beachgoers will find plenty of shade from coconut trees and raisiniers, providing cool places to escape the sultry Caribbean sun.

South Beaches

Situated on the south coast of Martinique is the famous Plage des Salines, which is only a short drive from Ste. Anne. On the weekends and holidays, this white-sand beach is frequented by families with children, as these waters are generally calm and good for swimming. Throughout the week, Plage des Salines is less crowded and more quiet. There are other gorgeous beaches along the south coast like at Ste. Luce, Cap Chevalier, Le Diamant, and Anses d'Arlets.

Eastern Beaches

The east coast of Martinique has rough and rugged shores and is situated on the Atlantic side of the island. The turbulent waters here are not ideal for swimming, but the gorgeous landscape makes east coast beaches perfect for exploration. In fact, most vacationers are awe-struck by the beauty of these beaches. There are a couple of exceptions to the rugged waters of the east coast. On the Caravelle Peninsula, at Anse Azerot and at Grande Anse Macaboum, the waters are calm and great for swimming.

Deserted Beaches

Even during the high tourism season, the beaches on Martinique don't get too crowded. Around Cap Chevalier along the Atlantic coast, there are several secluded beaches with protected coves. During the week, the beaches are all but deserted, except for the fishermen who cast off from these shores. Other beautiful and often deserted beaches include those around Anse Grand Macabou. The beaches here are wild and free and far from any island dwellings.

Sea Beds

Sea beds are the perfect places for underwater exploration. Snorkelers and scuba divers can visit amazing aquatic sites and marine life. Some of the best sea beds are located around Anse Couleuvre, Anse Noire, and Cap Chevalier. So don't forget your mask and fins when visiting these regions of Martinique.

No matter what kind of beach you'd like to visit, you can make an informed decision when you read a bit more about these sunny stretches of sand. The links below take you to detailed pages about Martinique's beaches.

 

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