Les Salines

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Relax on the sugary white beaches or jump in the water, Les Salines is one the brightest and warmest beaches on the island. At the far end of Les Salines is a smaller, secluded beach called Petit Anse de Salines. Here gay (and some lesbian) travelers flock and you'll find nudity is not uncommon, though it is prohibited throughout the island.

Situated on the island of Martinique, 1.7 miles south of Sainte-Anne, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying nearby. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches on Martinique. While Les Salines may be a little more trouble to reach, it allows you to relax without being bothered by the noise of the crowds.

Amenities and Ambiance

Just south of St. Anne lies one of Martinique's most beautiful beaches, Les Salines. This lengthy stretch of white sand beach is dotted with coconut palms for shade and poisonous manchineel trees, which should always be avoided. A large salt pond backs the beach. The climate is dry and sunny, making this one of the island's hottest beaches.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline. Les Salines is very popular on weekends and holidays when tourists flood the beach, but it's not as crowded during the week. Islanders often bring their whole families here on holidays.

Les Salines brings guests an idyllic and tranquil haven, in part because the location that surrounds the beach won't be overly crowded.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the South East coast of Martinique; it will be near other attractions like Cabrits Lighthouse, which is two miles away.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Écomusée de la Martinique (located just a quick taxi trip away) offer an entertaining diversion and help share a different side of Martinique.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Les Salines
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cabrits Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.9 SE Martinique
Savane des Pétrifications Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.0 ESE Martinique
Écomusée de la Martinique Museum 3.6 NNW Martinique
La Mauny Operating Distillery 5.0 N Martinique
Plantation Trois Rivieres Operating Distillery 5.0 N Martinique

Cities and Towns

The closest part on Martinique to Les Salines is Sainte-Anne. This interesting part of Martinique is only a mile and a half from the coast, so a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This area on Martinique is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers will find a pretty good selection of hotel and resort options to choose from in the area that surrounds the beach. The most accessible of which are listed below.

Accommodations near Les Salines
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Residence de l'Anse Caritan 1.2 mi. N Guest house
La Dunette 1.4 mi. N Hotel
Résidence Plages Des Salines 1.5 mi. N Hotel
Club Med Buccaneer's Creek 2.3 mi. N Resort
Brise Marine Martinique 4.5 mi. NW Hotel
Pierre & Vacances Village de Sainte Luce 4.8 mi. NW Resort
Karibea Resort Sainte Luce 5.7 mi. NW Resort
Karibea Corail Residence 6.0 mi. NW Hotel
Cap Macabou 7.9 mi. NE Hotel

Food

When you're starving for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Zanzibar. This restaurant offers a menu of Creole food. They also specialize in seafood and tapas.

Nearby restaurants are shown below.

Restaurants near Les Salines
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Zanzibar (059) 674-0846 Creole Very Casual 3.9 mi. N
Snack al Dente 33 5 96 48 07 54 Caribbean, Creole, Fusion, Italian Very Casual 4.1 mi. NNE
KokOaRum 0596 48 02 21 American, Caribbean Very Casual 4.1 mi. NNE
Rest'ô Café 596 596 74 10 70 American, Creole, French Very Casual 4.1 mi. NNE
Restaurant Ti Toques 05 96 74 72 32 Creole, French Informal 4.2 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Les Salines on Martinique.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Pointe du Marin, found a short taxi ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Grand Anse is just right. It's located a mile to the southeast.

You may also want to consider Anse Corps de Garde, which is located five and a half miles away.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see on Martinique; then again, a trip to Les Salines could end up a family favorite.

 

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