Best Things To Do in Martinique

Breathtaking natural beauty is Martinique's claim to fame, but no coast offers quite the same scenery. The north is both rugged and lush, with the majestic Mont Pelée volcano commanding the view. Southern Martinique is calmer, romantic and characterized by brilliant white-sand beaches. Central on the west coast, urban Fort-de-France is bursting with spectacular historic and cultural sites. Make sure to put that area's Schoelcher Library at the top of your sightseeing list.

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Updated March 29, 2019

  • #1
    Anse Cafard Slave Memorial
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    #1 in Martinique
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    High on a hill in southwest Martinique are 20 white stone effigies, silently facingDiamond Beachand the Caribbean Sea. They commemorate an 1830 catastrophe when a slave ship failed to properly anchor in Anse Cafard and careened into Martinique's Diamond Rock Mountain, killing many of the passengers and sailors as well

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  • #2
    Schoelcher Library
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    #2 in Martinique
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Schoelcher Library in Fort-de-France should hold a spot on your travel itinerary for its history and ornate design, not for its books. The building was originally designed and built for an 1889 exposition in Paris before it was shipped to Martinique and reassembled along the west side ofLa Savane. It

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  • #3
    Les Salines
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    #3 in Martinique
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Families can't stay away from Les Salines beach in the village of Ste-Anne for several reasons. One, the clear waters here are calm enough for children to play freely. Two, there are plenty of food vendors walking the sand hawking tasty Martiniquais treats. Three, there are restrooms and accessible showers

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  • #4
    Habitation Clément
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    #4 in Martinique
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing, Wineries/Breweries
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing, Wineries/Breweries
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Habitation Clément is part rum distillery, part plantation, part heritage site and museum, meaning it will likely appeal to families and groups of all ages. Travelers can explore the gardens, the main house and its outbuildings and learn about the manufacturing of rum, which is aged six to 10 years

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  • #5
    Mont Pelee
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    #5 in Martinique
    Natural Wonders
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Adventurous travelers like to scale the sides of this active volcano, but there are other, safer (and dare we say smarter?) options for enjoying the area. One of the most popular options involves driving to a parking lot, located about a mile away from the summit, and then making the

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  • #6
    Diamond Beach
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    #6 in Martinique
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Diamond Beach, located in the town of Le Diamant, is rarely crowded, but always beautiful. Travelers in the know choose this southwestern beach over the touristy sands of Pointe du Bout, and you should too if you prefer more peace and quiet while you sunbathe. This part of the island

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  • #7
    La Savane Park (La Savane des Esclaves)
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    #7 in Martinique
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    You should brush up on your French before visiting Fort-de-France's beautiful La Savane park (La Savane des Esclaves), then put your vocabulary to use when bargaining with the Martiniquais vendors selling snacks, crafts and souvenirs. Take a stroll of the grounds before you leave, and be sure to snap a

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  • #8
    Balata Gardens (Le Jardin de Balata)
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    #8 in Martinique
    Parks and Gardens
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Visit one of Martinique's most famous sites, the Balata Gardens, to see why this is "the Isle of Flowers." This private botanical garden just outside Fort-de-France is home to a staggering number of begonias, bromeliads, bamboo and about 300 different types of palm trees. There's a small admission fee to

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  • #9
    St. Louis Cathedral
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    #9 in Martinique
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    St. Louis Cathedral should really be called St. Louis VII, because it's been rebuilt six times on the same spot in Fort-de-France. Its resiliency – or lack thereof – could partially be due to its structure. Previous iterations have used wood; now, St. Louie has an iron framework. Take time during your

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