Attractions on Petite Martinique

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A small island with just a few attractions, Petite Martinique is an extraordinarily beautiful island that is well worth a visit.  It's a popular day trip for visitors who are spending the bulk of their vacation time on Grenada or Carriacou. But don't be misled -- the island has a lot to offer, particularly for those who are ready to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.  Those who choose to spend their entire vacation on the island tend to do so with hopes of disconnecting and spending their days in a secluded tropical destination simply enjoying island life, rather than visiting a lot of "tourist attractions".  

The most notable attraction of this island is the sea.  Most locals base their living on this picture-perfect body of water, and many operate as water-taxi operators who are willing to take guests around on a sightseeing tour of sorts.  On land, a healthy individual can see all that there is to see in about an hour on foot.

Petite Martinique is just one mile in diameter, and the volcano at the center of the island dominates the landscape.  No rental car is necessary (or available!) here, so pull on your comfortable shoes and get exploring.  The aforementioned Piton volcano rises 756 feet tall, and those who climb to the top by following a well-marked trail will get a great view of the island, the surrounding waters, and the neighboring Grenadine Islands.  After returning down the mountainside, you'll likely find it the perfect time to head to the northwest coast and spend some time relaxing on the island's only real beach, Palm Beach.

If a leisurely stroll around one of the island's main villages sounds appealing to you, head to Madam Pierre and stick to the main road.  You'll find a collection of decorative private homes and a small museum set on a hill overlooking the village of Paradise.  Inside are a few relics of the local fishing and seafaring community as well as some that provide a greater picture of what life on the island has been like over the years. Entrance costs just over $1(USD).

Aside from this museum, and the glory of the island itself, there isn't much else to see here.  For this reason, it is common for those staying on the island long-term to plan to make use of the reliable ferry system and check out the more notable attractions on the other islands. 

Beaches

Petit St Vincent

You'll find a large number of beaches to consider on and near the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for vacationers who enjoy the underwater scene. Just click on the name of the beach for detailed information about that part of the coast.

A local beach that offers snorkeling is Palm Beach. The only major beach on Petite Martinique, Palm Beach is the center of attention for everyone visiting this small island. Expect all the island's popular restaurants, shopping, and hotels to be on or near this beach.

Another good option for snorkeling fans is Petit St Vincent. To the north of Petite Martinique is an even smaller island called Petite St. Vincent. This privately owned island has only two properties worth mentioning: the Solar Distillation Plant and Petite St. Vincent Resort.

Gun Point Beach: Gun Point Beach features sparkling topaz waters that rush ashore the white sands in a relatively calm manner. The crescent moon shape of the coast line provides shelter from the rough waters that might otherwise be present.

These examples are only a few of what's on the island. Go to this article if you want to find more specifics.

Museums

If you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Petite Martinique.

One popular destination is The Carriacou Museum. It is situated in Hillsborough, West-Southwest of Petite Martinique. Located in the second oldest cotton ginnery in the world, The Carriacou Museum is located on Paterson Street on the small island of Carriacou. This museum is privately financed, surviving mainly on public donations, and the Carriacou Historical Society ensures that each exhibit is historically accurate.

The following chart offers some details concerning a museum you might enjoy near Petite Martinique.

Museums Near Petite Martinique
Name Phone Location Island
The Carriacou Museum (473) 443-8288 2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central L'esterre Carriacou

Historical Sites

Do you enjoy exploring the historical roots of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions while vacationing on Petite Martinique.

Many travelers choose to visit Dover Ruins. It is located on Carriacou, West of Petite Martinique. The Dover Ruins are where the first church on the island of Carriacou once stood. While it may not be too grand, it does show where the settlers first made their homes.

A second choice is Ningo Well. It's a historical site within reach of Petite Martinique. This old well is one of the few remaining fully functional stone wells in existence, especially ones built by colonial forces. While it may not seem much now, this well would have been crucial in the settling of the area, and likely insured the success of the nearby plantation for some time.

Carriacou Ruins: The island of Curriacou was once full of remote estates, and scattered mills. However, as economic conditions changed, the estates were abandoned and now are in ruins.

Take a minute to read the table below for more information about sites of historical interest near the island.

Historic Sites Near Petite Martinique
Name Phone Location
Carriacou Ruins -- 2.7 mi. North of Central Hillsborough
Dover Ruins -- 0.6 mi. South of Central Windward
Gun Point -- 1.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Windward
Ningo Well -- 0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Windward
Old Sugar Mills Hillsborough -- 2.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central L'esterre

Natural Attractions

Sandy Island Marine Park

Anglican Rectory Garden is one of the local attractions that's worth a visit. <p>This small garden does not have much, but it is known for its collection of cacti on display.</p>

Another local attraction worth a visit is Sandy Island Marine Park. <p>Sandy Island Marine Park is an island that remains untouched by human hands, and the crystal clear waters that surround it are a favorite amongst snorkelers.</p>

Of course, there are many other natural attractions. Read this article which is all about natural attractions within reach the island if you'd like to find some more information.

 

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