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Best Beaches in Martinique, French Antilles

11/30/2020

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The Island of Martinique, in the French Caribbean, is reputed for its gorgeous beaches with unique and varying personalities. From family beaches to untouched shorelines, there’s an ideal beach setting for everyone. All the beaches in Martinique are relatively easy to access and can be easily discovered by car.

But with so many beautiful Martinique beaches, how to choose? Here is our (personal) list of best beaches in Martinique with a few travel tips to make the most of them.

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Best Martinique Beaches Map

Here is the map with the best beaches in Martinique. Use the link below to zoom in and out.

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Anse Noire (Les Anses d’Arlet)

Anse Noire Beach - Martinique, French Antilles
  • Location: Les Anses d’Arlet, south-west of Martinique
  • Great for: snorkeling, diving, sunset watching

We have to admit that Anse Noire is our favorite beach in Martinique, perhaps for its wild side and crystal clear waters. This beach of volcanic origin is named after its dark sand and it is the only beach in the south of Martinique with this type of black sand.

To reach Anse Noire you have to descend the 130 or so steps from the parking lot to the beach and this may discourage some people!

Anse Noire has a very rich seabed and snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will discover sponges, gorgonians, turtles, and many species of fish.

If possible, visit Anse Noire out of weekends and school holidays, when it gets very crowded.

Where to Stay in Les Anses d’Arlet

Grande Anse des Salines (Sainte-Anne)

Grande Anse des Salines Beach - Martinique, French Antilles
  • Location: Sainte-Anne, south of Martinique
  • Great for: swimming, a relaxing beach day

The Grande Anse des Salines (or Salines Beach) is one of the most famous beaches in Martinique, and with its perfect postcard setting, also one of the most beautiful. This is the Caribbean beach that we all have in mind with turquoise waters and a long stretch of white sand with coconut palms.

The Grande Anse des Salines is located in the south of Martinique. In the distance, you can see the Diamond Rock and, on a clear day, also the island of Saint Lucia.

This beach is great for families and people looking for a relaxing day on the beach. Indeed, its calm sea with almost non-existent currents makes it great for swimming, especially for children. There are also some eateries perfect for having lunch on-site or an early dinner.

Obviously, the Salines Beach is very popular amongst tourists and locals so if you are looking for the “paradise feeling” we recommend getting there very early in the morning.

Where to Stay in Sainte-Anne

Anse Mitan (Les Trois Ilets)

  • Location: Sainte-Anne, south-west of Martinique
  • Great for: families, water activities

Anse Mitan is the main beach in Trois-Ilets, a beautiful beach on the west coast with clear and calm waters and a narrow stretch of fine white sand. It is also one of the most animated Martinique beaches, thanks to its good connection to Fort-de-France (served by shuttle boats) and its facilities like music, bars, and restaurants.

Anse Mitan is also the starting point of many fun water activities like diving, kayak, or jet skis. That said, this is definitely not the best beach in Martinique for those looking for a quiet and relaxing beach day.

We love the view over the bay of Fort de France from Anse Mitan.

Where to Stay in Les Trois Ilets

Pointe Borgnèse (Le Marin)

  • Location: Le Marin, south of Martinique
  • Great for: snorkeling

Ignored by most of the tourists, Pointe Borgnèse is a pretty wild beach in Martinique located at the entrance to Marin bay, worth a stop on the way to the beaches of the Presqu’ile de Sainte-Anne.

To reach this beach you need to walk a few minutes on a stony and steep path but you will be rewarded with a beautiful narrow beach with clear and calm waters, fine sand, and a few trees offering some shade.

The setting here is great but the seabed is the best with a landscape alternating seagrass, gorgonians, and coral beds plus a multitude of fish: French angels, yellowtail damsels, serpentines, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, sea urchins, lionfish, and – with a bit of luck – a few turtles.

This is one of the best-preserved coral areas in the Caribbean, and it is listed a protected site by the Conservatoire du Littoral since 2000. Fishing on this beach is prohibited.

Where to Stay in Le Marin

Anse Couleuvre (Le Prêcheur)

  • Location: Le Prêchur, north of Martinique
  • Great for: snorkeling

Anse Couleuvre is a beautiful beach of black sand, a hidden gem lost in the middle of the forest in northern Martinique. This is a wild beach at the foot of Mount Pelée, enclosed between high cliffs covered by tropical forest.

To reach Anse Couleuvre there’s a short hike, and this is perhaps what it keeps it calm and quiet. On the way, there’s an old abandoned distillery, and also a small waterfall before reaching this awesome beach with coconut trees.

This is a great beach for snorkeling, the seabed here is very beautiful and there are many tropical fishes.

Where to Stay in Le Prêcheur

Anse Dufour (Les Anses d’Arlet)

  • Location: Les Anses d’Arlet, south-west of Martinique
  • Great for: snorkeling, families

Anse Dufour is Anse Noire’s neighbor beach but unlike Anse Noire, the sand here is blond. This is one of the most charming beaches in Martinique, located by a fishing hamlet lost in time. The colorful boats kindly waiting for fishing time add a touch of color to the setting and there are also two bar-restaurants with an old-fashioned atmosphere.

Anse Dufour is small and the water here is calm which is great for exploring its reputed seabed with numerous tropical fishes and also sea turtles.

Avoid weekends and holidays, this beach gets very crowded with locals!

Where to Stay in Les Anses d’Arlet

Anse Céron (Le Prêcheur)

  • Location: Le Prêcheur, north of Martinique
  • Great for: snorkeling

Anse Céron is a black sand beach, wild and strikingly beautiful. Surrounded by lush vegetation, it has an ‘end of the world’ feeling that we like a lot.

Located in the north of Martinique, from this beach you can enjoy the view of Pearl Island and – on a clear day – the nearby island of Dominica.

The sea here is often clear, but it can be rough when the weather is not good. Like many northern beaches, the sea gets deep quickly so you have to watch children.

The many grape and coconut trees bordering the beach provide generous shade. There are no restaurants here but you will find BBQs, and wooden tables plus street vendors come often selling sorbets and drinks.

The seabed at Anse Céron is interesting for snorkeling but you need to be careful with the waves. Last but not least, you can sometimes see dolphins from the beach and – during the month of December – the transhumance of whales.

Where to Stay in Le Prêcheur

Anse Michel (Cap Chevalier)

  • Location: south of Martinique
  • Great for: families, kite surfing, windsurfing

Anse Michel is a pretty beach located in the south of the island. It is a long beach with fine sand and shaded by palm trees. Protected by a long coral reef, its crystalline and shallow waters are perfect for children.

Anse Michel is a popular beach amongst locals and tourists but unlike the beaches at Les Salines, it manages to keep its wild atmosphere.

Along the coast, there are small bars and restaurants where you can taste some local specialties. Finally, Cap Chevalier is also a popular spot for kite-surfers and wind-surfers.

Where to Stay in Cap Chevalier

And there you have it, our personal list of best beaches in Martinique, which one tempts you most?

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