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Family Trip

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A different activity
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Martinique is an ideal destination for a family vacation. 

Whether you are traveling alone, with friends or as a couple, with young children, energetic teenagers or even grandparents seeking a relaxing stay, Martinique has many things to do to suit all ages and desires.

From beaches and site-seeing to hiking and more, we promise you an unforgettable time on our island.

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Route information

Location

Starting point: South of Martinique
Point of arrival: Central Martinique

Duration

10 days

Recommended age

3+ years

Recommended months

From month to month

Steps

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Day 1, Taking it Easy on the Beach

Beaches

Martinique has fabulous beaches galore. From wild stretches of undeveloped beach to livelier beaches, with or without waves and with white or black sand, you will be spoiled for choice for places to enjoy some family fun in the sun. What is more, the water is crystal-clear with a temperature of 28°C (82.4°F) all year round.

The beaches of the south – Les Salines, Pointe Marin and Grande Anse – offer an idyllic setting for tranquil swims with your children. Further north, the black sand beaches, like Anse Couleuvre, Anse Latouche or Anse Turin have a more wild and rugged feel that you are sure to love.

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Day 2, An Animal Lovers’ Dream

Martinique Zoo

A trip to Martinique Zoo is a captivating experience for all the family. The site, which is built on the ruins of a former sugar refinery is quite simply magnificent.

Follow the signed trail through the grounds (approximately 1 hr 30 mins) to discover a wide variety of fascinating animals, including endemic species such as the Lesser Antillean iguana, along with animals from the four corners of the world, like monkeys, jaguars and even a giant anteater.

On the trail, two large aviaries promise you an unusual, immersive experience.

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Tips and Interesting Facts:

  • In addition to the standard entrance ticket, the zoo offers a combined ticket, including entrance to Balata Garden.
  • Children will enjoy the fun exhibition there on pirates and piracy.
  • If you’re peckish, the zoo has a snack bar and a shop./li>
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Day 3, Mask & SnorkelTime!

Snorkeling

Go snorkeling with your family and discover the wonders that lie underwater in Martinique!

The beaches of the south, with their calm, shallow waters, offer the ideal conditions for trying snorkeling for the first time with children. The rock formation just off the beach at the Plage du Bourg d’Anses d’Arlet is very easy to reach and teeming with precious sea life.

Kit yourselves out with fins, mask and snorkel and go explore the coral reefs. You can see starfish, sea urchins and many other multi-colored varieties of fish, often just a few fin strokes from the beach.

In the sea grass, don’t miss the unique opportunity to observe and swim with sea turtles. Anse Dufour, Anse Noire and Grande Anse are some of the favorite spots of these fascinating creatures.

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Tips and Interesting Facts:

  • Remember to bring fins, masks and a snorkel with you for snorkeling. If you don’t have any, you can buy or borrow some once you are here.
  • The best snorkeling spots are in locations with calm, clear water along the Route des Anses (Anse Dufour, Anse Noire, Anses-d’Arlet and Anse à l’Ane), where fish can be found close to the water’s edge.
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Day 4, Exploring the Trails of the Emeraude estate

The grounds of domaine d'émeraude

Nestled between Mount Pelée and the Pitons du Carbet, the Domaine d’Émeraude park is an enchanting place where children can have fun in complete safety.

With a four-kilometer trail through deep forest and an incredible nature exploration pavilion, the estate’s grounds are the ideal place for an educational family day out.

This nature exploration and education site is one of the highlights of the Martinique Regional Nature Park.

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Tips and Interesting Facts:

  • At Domaine d’Emeraude, there are three different walking trails you can explore, taking 15, 30 and 60 minutes each.
  • Walking shoes are recommended for the forest trail.
  • If you get hungry, there are a shop and restaurant in the grounds.
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Day 5, Leap Back in Time

La Savane des Esclaves - Slavery Museum

If you want to learn more about the history of our island while you are here, the Savane des Esclaves is one place you must not miss.

Gilbert Larose, who created this incredible site in Trois-Îlets, has recreated an entire village of the past with traditional huts, gardens and medicinal plants.

The site offers both guided and unguided tours as well as a program of educational and fun events, like cocoa stick making workshops.

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Tips and Interesting Facts:

  • In summer, you can attend theater performances and enjoy the fruit juice bar.
  • Every first Saturday morning of the month, you can watch traditional cassava galettes, being made.
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Day 6, Trip to a Farming Estate

Habitation Belfort

At Habitation Belfort, in the heart of the countryside, you can discover all the workings of a 140-acre farming estate.

Aboard the mini-train – which kids absolutely love – you’ll tour the banana fields in the company of a guide who will explain all about banana production and the estate’s farming processes, right up to the boxing of the fruit for shipping. The site is superb and the tour truly fascinating.

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Tips and Interesting Facts:

  • Habitation Belfort has a restaurant, Les Jardins de Belfort, serving Creole and French cuisine.
  • You can also visit the small farm shop selling fruit and vegetable based products.
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Day 7, Thrills Guaranteed!

Cascade Couleuvre

If you like rivers and waterfalls, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the magnificent Cascade Couleuvre with your family. The waterfall can be found in Le Prêcheur, in the north of the island, after a short 1.5-kilometer hike through tropical forest.

As you walk up the Couleuvre river on your way to the waterfall, you’ll see some incredibly rich plant and animal life. The waterfall itself is over 20 meters high and makes a refreshing and exotic excursion.

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Tips and Interesting Facts:

  • The walk to the waterfall takes approximately two hours there and back.
  • While you are there, look out for the Rufous-throated Solitaire, a protected bird species known locally as the Siffleur des montagnes (or mountain whistler), or have fun trying to spot a Matoutou falaise, Martinique’s endemic tarantula.
  • On your way back, stop to cool off at Anse Couleuvre, Anse à Voile or Anse Lévrier.
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Day 8, Nature Excursion in the Great Outdoors

Visit to the etang des salines

The Étang des Salines nature reserve is totally unique. It consists of a vast 240-hectare lagoon surrounded by mangrove forest, savanna and dry forest, inhabited by exceptional fauna and flora.

The visit involves a short walk of less than an hour amid an oasis of tranquility and some amazing landscapes. Take a trip with family to this protected area where you can see crabs, fish and the many migratory birds that seek refuge at the calm lagoon.

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Tips and Interesting Facts:

  • Étang des Salines is so named as it was once a site for the production of salt.
  • The zone is the last stopping-off point for many species of birds from North America.
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Day 9, An Encounter with the Lesser Antillean Iguana

The iguanas of ilet chancel

Embark for a family excursion, by boat or kayak, to see the famous Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima), an endemic and today endangered species.

Ilet Chancel is the only place you can see them in their natural habitat. Take advantage of this unique experience to discover the world of the mangrove forest and teach your children about the importance of nature conservation in Martinique.

So, what are you waiting for to enjoy some unforgettable family time? We promise that you will go home from your stay with fantastic memories and wanting just one thing – to come back to our magnificent island as soon as you can!

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Tips and Interesting Facts:

  • To get to Ilet Chancel, take a boat tour with Dénébola from Le Robert.
  • Don’t forget to bring a hat and sun cream as the sun reflects strongly off the water.

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