Ansa Cafard Slave Memorial
Silently facing Diamond beach in southwest Martinique are 20 stone effigies. They commemorate the 1830 catastrophe in which a ship, failing to anchor at Anse Cafard successfully, careened into the Diamond Rock Mountain. This incident resulted in the death of most of the passengers, sailors, and slaves chained to the cargo hold. Besides being a popular photo-op location, the aura of the place exudes solemnity, a "humbling experience" for many.
This plantation, rum distillery, museum, and heritage site has a mass appeal. Thanks to its diverse roles, it is a favorite location for families and group tours. Feel free to traverse the gardens, outbuildings, and main house as you learn about the process of manufacturing rum. You can sample different rums in the tasting room or buy your favorite bottles from the rum shop if you don't mind. Besides rum, Habitation Clement bears a serene look ideal for a quiet walk with interesting sculptures guarding the terrain.
This natural wonder deserves at least half a day of your time in Martinique. Mont Pelee is an active volcano whose sides adventure travelers often love to scale. However, there are many other fun things to do in Mont Pelee for those less inclined to such risky adventures. You can drive and then walk a mile to the summit to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Or you could stay at the base, where you may enjoy hiking, canyoning, and rappelling through the forests and waterfalls of the area.
La Savane Park
Want to test your bargaining skills and brush up on your French at the same time? Voila! La Savane Park. This beautiful park located in Fort-de-France is filled with locals selling crafts, snacks, and souvenirs. Ensure you take a photo with the red-stained and headless statue of Empress Josephine, Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife and a Martinique native. Locals resent her believing that she encouraged her husband to continue the practice of slavery on the island.
Le Jardin de Balata is the reason why Martinique is referred to as the island of flowers. Located on the outskirts of Fort-de-France, this private botanical garden houses over 300 palm tree species as well as other plants. You will find bamboos, bromeliads, begonias, and an incredible selection of tropical plants on these lands.
Located just a few miles south of Sainte-Anne is one of Martinique's finest beaches. Named Les Salines because of the salt pond nearby, this kilometer stretch of white sand will leave lasting memories. This beach is crowded during weekends and tranquil during the week. So you can choose a day that best suits your needs. Shaded by coconut palms, this location is perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
Pointe du Bout
There are plenty of boat tours from Point du Bout that take you virtually anywhere on the island. Kayak to the mangrove forests or visit the le Baignoire de Josephine (Josephine's baths). You can also join in on dolphin cruises and spend time watching and swimming with our friendly mammals if you are up for it.