Martinique, “L’Ile aux Fleurs” or the Island of Flowers is an overseas region of France located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. In addition to providing delicious rums, art, authentic French-Caribbean cuisine, and rich history, Martinique has beautiful beaches on the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
With its tropical climate and average temperatures in the low to mid-80s year-round, visiting one of the gorgeous beaches in Martinique is a must. If you plan on traveling to Martinique on a cruise stop or on your next trip to the French Caribbean, here is a list of the best beaches in Martinique worth visiting.
Grande Anse des Salines
If you ask any local where the best beach in Martinique is, chances are you will hear Grande Anse des Salines. This is the longest beach on the island of Martinique located in the south of the town of Sainte-Anne on the Le Salines Peninsula.
Grande Anse des Salines is known as one of the most beautiful beaches of Martinique and has white sand and calm turquoise waters. If you’re driving Les Salines Beach also has several bars and great restaurants for dining and offers parking for drivers
For those seeking a more secluded and rugged beach experience, Anse Couleuvre on the northern coast is a hidden gem. Surrounded by lush greenery and accessible via a scenic hiking trail, this black sand beach offers a unique and wild beauty. The waves here are the perfect place for bodyboarding and surfing.
Anse Dufour is on the western side of the island and a must-visit for snorkeling and marine life enthusiasts. This small, picturesque cove is known for its calm and crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful coral reefs and tropical fish. Grab your snorkeling gear and explore the underwater wonders or relax on the soft sandy beach and soak up the natural beauty.
Pointe du Bout
Located in Trois-Ilets, Pointe du Bout is about a 20-minute ferry ride from Fort de France. In addition to the beach, there are many restaurants, street vendors, and boutiques to shop from.
Pointe du Bout is also home to four of Martinique’s largest hotels. Travelers on a budget can stay in an Airbnb or guest house rental.
Walking distance from Pointe du Bout is Anse Mitan which is popular with tourists, local families, divers, and snorkelers. Have Ti Punch with your lunch at one of the many restaurants in Anse Mitan offering a variety of local and international cuisine and enjoy the panoramic views of Fort de France.
On your way back to Fort de France, you can take the ferry to get great views of Fort de France Bay.
Anse Noire beach is one of the only Black Sand Beaches in the south of Martinique. Be warned- in order to access this beach, you must walk a long steep staircase and by rocks. Due to its popularity, it can be crowded. The calm waters are great for water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing.
Plage du PLM
Plage du PLM, also known as PLM Beach and Batelière Beach is a somewhat hidden, but popular beach behind the Batelière Hotel. Batelière beach isn’t visible from the road so most visitors are guests at Hotel Batelière (like us).
If you’re looking for a beach that has fewer people visiting, has warm blue waters for relaxing, and a nearby beach bar, consider Batelière BeacPlage du PLM
Diamond Beach or Grande Anse du Diamant in Le Diamant is known for its direct view of Diamond Rock and is popular amongst runners due to its length. On occasion, you will see surfers and swimmers, but due to strong currents, the water may be too dangerous to enter.
Diamond Beach is also a short drive to the Anse Cafard Slave Memorial which is a must-see attraction on your visit to Martinique.
From the powdery white sands of Les Salines to the underwater wonders of Anse Dufour, every one of the beaches in Martinique offers a unique experience. Whether you seek relaxation, water sports, or simply a chance to soak up the natural beauty, visiting one of these best Martinique beaches will captivate your heart. So pack your swimsuit, grab your sunscreen, and get ready for an incredible beach getaway on the gorgeous island of Martinique!