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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 to rinse your little ones off before making the trip back to the hotel. Four, Les Salines is absolutely breathtaking, with miles of palm trees and glistening sand. If you want to witness all Les Salines has to offer without the little kiddies around, visit the beach during the week or later in the afternoon when the crowds have mostly gone home.

Recent visitors also recommended indulging in the coco ice cream that is sold on the beach. Keep in mind that because the beach gets very crowded on the weekends and parking is at a premium, you should plan an early visit. You can also take a cab (prices fluctate); the closest town to Les Salines is Ste-Anne, about 1.5 miles away from the shore.

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#1 Anse Cafard Slave Memorial

High on a hill in southwest Martinique are 20 white stone effigies, silently facing Diamond Beach and 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 as the slaves who were chained to the cargo hold. The chilling statues at this memorial are a popular stop and photo op for many, and although the monument has suffered some wear and tear, you too won't be disappointed with the overall effect. 

Recent visitors say the simple memorial is quite sobering, with one calling it simultaneously "humbling and beautiful." Others appreciated that there are signs posted in both French and Enlish at the site that explain the significance of the memorial.

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