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 island of Martinique, 1.7 miles south of Sainte-Anne, You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Travelers in search of a tranquil, secluded setting might really enjoy an afternoon at Les Salines.

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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here. 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.

If you find that you prefer coasts which bring visitors an angelic enclave, then you should enjoy Les Salines; it's hidden away in a much quieter area of the region.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Martinique's South East coast; it's located near attractions like Cabrits Lighthouse, which is two miles away.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Écomusée de la Martinique, a lovely museum located just a quick taxi trip away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, 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 closest part on Martinique to Les Salines is Sainte-Anne. This friendly part of Martinique is just a mile and a half from the shore, which means a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. Sainte-Anne is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of lodgings within driving distance. Some of the closest possibilities are seen in the list 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 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


Although there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you are prepared to drive a bit. One of the nearest places to eat is Le Zanzibar, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Les Salines
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Le Zanzibar (059) 674-0846 Creole 3.9 mi. N Martinique

Other Beaches

Martinique has many nice beaches, so if Les Salines doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Pointe du Marin, located a short taxi ride away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Grand Anse could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it a mile to the southeast.

You may also enjoy Anse Corps de Garde, located five and a half miles to the northwest.

Les Salines could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, Martinique offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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