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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 rest of the trip on foot. Be prepared for an astounding view at the top and beautiful scenery along the way; recent visitors recommended bringing food and water with you, and advised going on a clear day for the best views.

You could also spend the day at Mont Pelée's picturesque base, where previous travelers have enjoyed canyoning, hiking and rappelling through the area waterfalls and forests.

Now, back to scaling Pelée. Many stress that you should never scale the side of this active volcano alone. The climb is steep and strenuous, and authorized guides will also know what precautions to take in case the volcano erupts. You can visit the Mont Pelée website for more information on the volcano, safety tips and options and prices for exploring the area.

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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 ... Read more » MathieuRivrin / Getty Images

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