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.

Located on the southern coast of the island of Martinique, 1.7 miles south of Sainte-Anne, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches on Martinique. While Les Salines may be a little more trouble to reach, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

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.

There is also a concession stand available. You might also have the option to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. 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 grants an idyllic and tranquil place to escape, due to the fact that the surrounding region is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of Martinique. Cabrits Lighthouse is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of the area's attractions.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but many travelers find that museums like Écomusée de la Martinique (located easily within cab range) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of Martinique's history.

If a visit to the Les Salines isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones 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 nearest region on Martinique to Les Salines is Sainte-Anne. This interesting part of Martinique is just a mile and a half from the shore, so it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. Sainte-Anne is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Beach-goers will find a fairly good assortment of accommodations to choose from in the area that surrounds the beach. The most accessible of which are listed in the table that follows.

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

Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest places to eat is Le Zanzibar. The restaurant has a menu featuring Creole cuisine. They are also famous for their seafood and tapas.

A list of nearby restaurants is provided in the following table.

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, Les Salines is just one of many beaches you might like on Martinique.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Pointe du Marin, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might like Grand Anse. You'll find it a mile to the southeast.

Another option worth considering is Anse Corps de Garde, which is located five and a half miles away.

Maybe Les Salines is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Martinique offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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