Grand Anse d'Arlet is one of the more popular beaches on Martinique, and offers quite a bit for people looking for a fun day on the water. Leading to its popularity, this beach is well protected from rough waters, making it not just a good place for swimming, but also for boating, especially with the dock located right on the beach.
Positioned toward the center of Grand Anse-d'Arlets, this beach is on the South West coast of Martinique. You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. Martinique's beaches are hardly known for being secluded, however, Grand Anse d'Arlet is tamer than most, making it just the right spot for vacationers who don't want to wander too far away, but would rather avoid the most hectic parts of town.
Highway D-7 on the Southwest coast actually grazes the beach, so be on the lookout.
You should always expect some kind of a crowd when visiting this beach. Located just steps from a main road, as well as to a variety of shops and residences, Grande Anse d'Arlet is a city beach that easy to get to.
Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Grand Anse d'Arlet. Each country in the Caribbean has its own unique cuisine, and Martinique is no different. One of the most convenient, and relaxing spots to enjoy delicious local specialties is right on the water. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.
There is also a snack bar here.
Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site.
The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on Martinique's South West coast; the area is home to other attractions such as, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.
Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like(one of the closest to Grand Anse d'Arlet) offer a fun learning experience and a new way to experience Martinique's culture.
If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.
|Art Gallery||0.7 mi.||E||Martinique|
|Dolphin Encounter Service||2.7 mi.||NNE||Martinique|
|Dolphin Encounter Service||2.9 mi.||NNE||Martinique|
|Golf de L'Imperatrice Josephine||Golf Course||3.5 mi.||NE||Martinique|
|La Savane des Esclaves||Historical Site||4.1 mi.||NE||Martinique|
|Dolphin Encounter Service||4.1 mi.||NE||Martinique|
|Galerie Sophen||Art Gallery||4.1 mi.||NE||Martinique|
|Mangofil||Zip Line Site||4.1 mi.||NE||Martinique|
Grand Anse d'Arlet guests seeking additional places to explore might consider checking out Trois Ilets, which is nearby and is an active, busy area. From the shore, Trois Ilets is a fairly short distance away, maybe four miles (six and a half kilometers).
The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can appeal to visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.
Because the beach is situated in a pretty touristed area, it is not typically very tough to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your party are hoping to book a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows shows the closest accommodations to Grand Anse d'Arlet.
|Domaine de l'Anse Ramier||2.3 mi.||NNE||Guest house|
|Club Trois Ilets||2.5 mi.||NNE||Hotel|
|L’Impératrice Village||3.5 mi.||NNE||Hotel|
|Hotel La Pagerie||3.9 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Residence Village Creole||4.0 mi.||NE||Resort|
|Karibea Camelia Residence||4.1 mi.||NE||Hotel|
|Hotel Bakoua Martinique||4.1 mi.||NE||Resort|
If you visit the beach around lunchtime this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is. This restaurant has a menu featuring French food. The restaurant is pretty nearby, so a brief car or taxi trip will get you there hassle-free.
The table below provides a list of nearby dining options.
|(059) 652-0741||French||Very Casual||3.6 mi.||SE|
|La Plage Rouge Caraibes||(059) 676-9252||Creole||Very Casual||3.6 mi.||SE|
|New Cap||(059) 676-1299||French||Very Casual||3.6 mi.||SE|
|(059) 676-1299||French||Very Casual||3.8 mi.||SE|
|Le Pitaya||+596 596 66 05 30||Creole||Informal||3.9 mi.||NE|
|(059) 668-1060||Creole||Very Casual||--||--|
|Il Gallo Rosso||(059) 638-7957||Italian||Informal||--||--|
|Kaza Kebab||(069) 607-9892||Greek||Very Casual||--||--|
|Le Bistro d'en Face||(059) 673-0387||French||Informal||--||--|
|Le Corsaire||(059) 666-1585||American||Very Casual||--||--|
Needless to say, there are other beaches on Martinique besides Grand Anse d'Arlet worth visiting.
If the active mood at Grand Anse d'Arlet is what you're looking for, think about also visiting Les Salines, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located 15 miles to the east-southeast. Les Salines is the perfect Martinique beach for travelers seeking bright sun and white sand. If you're looking for something a little more private, Anse Dufour may be a good choice. It is located not far off the beach at all.
You may also want to consider Plage de Madiana, located seven and a half miles away.
Grand Anse d'Arlet could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions on Martinique you might like.
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