If you venture outside of the more developed Southern Martinique, you'll discover a island filled with natural attractions waiting to greet you.
A great forested area on Martinique to hike through is Domaine d’Emeraude. The forest consists of a 1.9 mile path that is easily managed. Along the trail visitors will easily find over 100 different species of Martinique plant life.
...there are marked trails...
Forêt de Montravail is one of Martinique's tropical rainforests. Throughout the forest there are marked trails that lead you through the forest and to cliffs and rock formations. Of importance in this area is the Carib carvings that were left there long before the island was discovered by Europeans.
Planned by landscape designer Jean Phillipe Thoze, the Garden of Balata is a botanical park bursting with tropical plants and flowers. The floura is well marked, so visitors will know the story of the plants they are viewing, and there is even a waterfall that ads to the overwhelmingly peaceful atmosphere.
In recent years, La Savane, a 12.5 acre park in Fort-de-France, has undergone renovations to make it a place of peace and playfulness. Benches surrounded by trees, places for participating in sports, vendor stands selling crafts, and an ice cream shop are all a part of the parks topography.
|Northwestern part of Martinique|
|Nature Reserve of La Caravelle||5.9 mi. (9.5 km) East-Southeast of Sainte Marie|
|Southeastern part of Martinique|
|0.1 mi. (0.2 km) East-Southeast of Le Carbet|
|0.2 mi. (0.4 km) South-Southeast of Fort de France|
|0.4 mi. (0.6 km) North-Northwest of Fort de France|
|3.2 mi. (5.2 km) East of Fort de France|
|2.4 mi. (3.8 km) West of Fort de France|
|0.1 mi. (0.2 km) Southeast of St. Pierre|
Botanical Gardens are themed gardens filled to the brim with local and sometimes international flora on display for visitors to enjoy and learn about. Typically these gardens include placards with details about each type of plant, and are often planted so that the colors and species complement one another. There are several Botanical Gardens in Turks and Caicos where visitors can take a leisurely stroll and simply enjoy the beauty of the plants.
Find out where you can visit a Botanical Garden during your tour of the islands here:
|Balata Botanical Gardens||4.8 mi. (7.7 km) North-Northwest of Fort de France|
|Southern part of Le Carbet|
|Hiking Tour and Trip Operator||Northern part of Le Morne Vert|
|Nature Tourism Service||Northwestern part of Le Robert|
|Dolphin Encounter Service||Northern part of Trois Ilets|
|Dolphin Encounter Service||Western part of The vicinity of Trois Ilets|
|Kayaking Service||Northern part of Ducos|
|Kayaking Service||Northern part of Trois Ilets|
|Kayaking Service||Eastern part of Le Robert|
|Dolphin Encounter Service||2.1 mi. (3.4 km) West of Trois Ilets|
|Nature Tourism Service||Northern part of Sainte-Anne|
With over 40 islands and cays that make up the Turks and Caicos island chain, you can be certain that the number of natural attractions available to explore is endless. Even if you charter a yacht to take you to each water way, a vehicle with four-wheel-drive to help you read some of the rougher landscape, and bring a good pair of hiking boots so you can walk to the rest, it would be nearly impossible to visit them all. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a good solid effort!
Find out more about some of the islands other natural sites here:
Even as the site of a city that was destroyed overnight by the eruption of Mt. Pelee in the early years of the 20th century, Martinique's volcanoes are still a popular attraction. Still considered to be an active volcano since its last eruption in 1936, Mt. Pelee reaches 4.583 high. Visitors can make their way to the top by hiking one of several trails carved out up the mountain, and directed towards hikers of varying skill level. It is also possible to make the trip to the top in a car.
As you explore Martinique, you'll come across many more natural sites, and will likely be recommended to some by locals as you go along. Still, if you're the type of person who likes to be prepared with a plan, review the chart below to learn about all of the remaining natural attractions dot the island's landscape.
Pull on your hiking boots and head to the trails of Martinique. Between the forests, parks, and mountains, you never know what you'll discover.
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