So, get ready to let go and enjoy the beach paradise of your dreams. From the northern to the southern tip of the island and from the calm waters of the Caribbean to the invigorating Atlantic ocean, come with us here for a whirlwind tour of the most beautiful beaches in Martinique.
Les salines, Martinique’s Best-Known beach
Located in the southern extremity of the island, five kilometers from the center of Sainte Anne and around forty kilometers from Fort-de-France, Anse des Salines is a true feast for the eyes. With its crystal-clear waters, white sand and coconut trees leaning over the sea, it is considered as Martinique’s most famous and best-loved beach.
Stretching over 1200 meters with three distinct areas – Grande Anse des Salines, Petite Anse des Salines and Grande Terre des Salines – it forms a perfect ring of fine sand, fringed with coconut trees and sun loungers and parasols to rent for the day.
The beach is extremely popular during the day both with tourists and locals, but its serene feel returns in the evening, at sunset, when all the colors of the sky merge into one another and a light breeze rustles through the sea grape trees, pear trees, manchineel trees and almond trees. It’s a perfect time of day to enjoy it, when time seems to stand still. One word of advice, bring along something to drink and your camera. You might regret it otherwise!
You can get there by car via the D9, however, you will have to park in the car park then continue on foot along the coastal path that runs to the Petite Anse des Salines part of the beach to the north. At the other end of the Grande Anse des Salines, go past the Pointe des Salines and you will come to Grande Terre beach.
Anse Couleuvre, Nature in its Purest State
Located in the north of the island, in the virtually uninhabited village of Le Prêcheur where fishing is the only livelihood and many historical buildings can be found, Anse Couleuvre is reputed to be one of the wildest beaches in Martinique.
Appearing like a mirage after a short and easy hike through the village of Le Prêcheur, Anse Couleuvre is one of the rare bays with black volcanic sand in Martinique, where the beaches are generally immaculate white.
Anse Couleuvre is a favorite spot of local surfers and much-loved by diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, too. Understandable, since it said to be home to the best waves and one of the most beautiful underwater experiences in Martinique. Tucked away between cliffs, this true oasis of peace is an unmissable sight that we recommend you see as soon as you can.
So, bring your mask, tuba and fins, along with your own food (there are few tourism facilities nearby), and come visit this stunning, untamed beach. Its dramatic, volcanic sand, impressive cliffs, tropical trees and crystal-clear waters will make you feel quite in another world.
Follow the D10 which runs along the sea north of Le Prêcheur, after the beach of Anse Céron.
Anse Noire, A Real-Life Aquarium
Located in the south of the island and tucked between two cliffs plunging into the sea, Anse Noire is the only volcanic black sand beach in south Martinique.
Resembling the wild beaches of the north of the island, Anse Noire is renowned for its stunning seabed and rich marine life.
In this real-life aquarium where you will find an exceptional coral reef, there are all sorts of fish as well as amazing sea turtles to see. If you hazard swimming out at sea, you will come across species more incredible than the last, but be careful of the currents which can be quite strong on certain days.
A rocky peak separates Anse Noire from the neighboring Anse Dufour and the contrast between the two is striking – one is covered in ebony sand and the other is immaculately white.
From the top of the staircase running down the rock face, through the coconut trees you will catch a glimpse of Anse Noire’s long jetty, a few gum trees and fishermen’s nets. Hidden under the trees stand the beach bungalows of Domaine de Robinson, a small hotel-restaurant which has made this expanse of dark sand its home. Like an illusion between the rocky cliffs, Anse Noire is an adventure just waiting for you.
At the top of Morne Bigot on the D7 between Anse à l’Ane and Grande Anse d’Arlet, take the small road down towards Anse Noire and Anse Dufour. Pass the turn for Anse Dufour on your left and continue another 150 meters uphill to reach the car park.
Anse Michel, Watersports Hotspot
Lying on Martinique’s south-east coast, in the municipality of Sainte-Anne, Anse Michel is the main rival of Les Salines beach in terms of popularity. Located along Cap Chevalier and on the Trace des Caps hiking route, it is lined with coconut palms and sea grape trees, providing shelter from the sun and some good spots to picnic.
A coral reef lying 500 meters out to sea protects this long, fine sand beach from the agitation of the Atlantic Ocean. A magnificent turquoise lagoon lies beach-side of the reef and is ideal for calm and soothing swims.
And as if it wasn’t already too good to be true, fans of aquatic sports will be happy to hear that Anse Michel is reputed to be one of the best kiteboarding spots in Martinique. Sea kayaking and windsurfing are two other ways you can enjoy the translucent waters of this idyllic spot on our dream island.
After going through Le Marin, take the D9 towards Sainte Anne. At the traffic circle, follow signs for “Cap Chevalier” on the D33 and follow the road to the seafront; the beach car park is a little further on.
La Pointe Marin, for an Afternoon with Family or Evening with friends
Bathed by safe and tranquil waters, Pointe Marin beach lies south of Sainte-Anne on Martinique’s south Caribbean coast. Boasting shaded areas and good facilities, it is known as one of the nicest beaches on the island.
Fringed with coconut palms and sea grape trees, this white sand beach is more than five kilometers long. It is much-loved by families who go there for the day to enjoy the crystal-clear waters, swim with children and sample the many bars and restaurants it has to offer. It’s the dream beach that is easy to get to and great for families, too.
Pointe Marin is a rather busy beach with various things to do on the water and even diving centers. You will also find watersports equipment for rental, like windsurfing gear, small catamarans and jet skis. In the evening, things become lively! After having watched a gorgeous sunset, depending on the events calendar, you can enjoy a party atmosphere with live music or DJs and dance the night away on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
At the entrance to Sainte-Anne center, take a right after the municipal sports ground.