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.
With its tropical climate and average temperatures in the low to mid-80s year-round, visiting one of the 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 are the best beaches in Martinique worth visiting.
If you ask any local where the best beach in Martinique is, chances are you will hear Les Salines. Les Salines beach is the longest beach on the island of Martinique located in the south of Sainte-Anne. It is known for its white sand and calm turquoise waters. If you’re driving Les Salines beach also has several bars and restaurants for dining and offers parking for drivers
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 for eating, 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.
A short walk 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 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.
Diamond Beach or 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.
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 isn’t too crowded, has warm turquoise waters for relaxing and a nearby beach bar, consider Batelière beach.