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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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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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