At the foothills of Mount Pelee, Saint Pierre sits in the hollow of a bay bordered by a gray sand beach. Since the eruption of 1902 that ravaged the city and killed all its inhabitants, fishing and tourism have been the only resources of the city. Many vestiges of the past remain, like the old prison with the Cyparis dungeon, the Fort’s old church, the Habitation Levassor ruins and the old theater.
Fort de France
Nestled in the Bay of Flamands and at the foothills of the Carbet, this capitol of Martinique is the home of Creole on the island. Spend half a day enjoying its historic center and colorful local markets, particularly in the mornings.
Le Train des Plantations
Martinique has a 1.5 mile heritage railway that runs from the Rhum Museum in Sainte-Marie through some sugarcane and banana plantations over two Bailey bridges to the Banana Museum. If you like scenic relaxing rides, its a must include on your itinerary.
The town of Sainte-Anne, in the south of Martinique, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches of the Lesser Antilles on nearly 14 miles of shoreline. Its landscape is varied, lush with coconut trees, scenic fields and wild fish ponds. The coastline is a place of tranquility, ideal for sunset cocktails at its many lively bars.
La Caravelle Nature Reserve
Formed 10 million years ago, the peninsula of Caravelle is the oldest part of Martinique. Jutting out 6 miles in the Atlantic Ocean, Caravelle is a protected nature reserve whose diversity of landscapes is stunning and memorable.
This remote fishing village at the foothills Mount Pelee is located at the north of the island. Its authenticity and true Martinican charm make it well worth the trip. Its also a great place for beginner rock-climbing.
As if painted by a French Impressionist master, Gauguin once lived here, the town of Carbet is among the most visited sites in Martinique. Christopher Columbus also landed during his fourth trip to the Americas in 1502. With its gray sand beaches and breathtaking views of the volcano, Le Carbet has a remarkable past and stunning present.
La Savane des Esclaves Museum of Slavery
Like the rest of the Caribbean, slavery is inseparable from the history of Martinique. This site of Trois-Îlets aims to trace this story through the reconstruction of an authentic Napoleonic village of the 19th century. A visit to the museum reveals the chattel slavery conditions of our ancestors from Africa.
Les Gorges de la Falaise
The Falaise River that descends the slopes of Mount Pelee meanders its way between the impressive walls of a canyon. A trip down the river is best accompanied by a guide to help navigat the slides, jumps and baths of fresh water in the crystalline basins of the Gorges.
The Anse Caffard slave trade sculpture installation is located in the town of Le Diamond. The memorial is a tribute to all victims of slavery in Martinique. Fifteen busts of 8 feet high are arranged at the top of the rock of the Caffard Cove, facing the high winds of the Atlantic Ocean and Africa.