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Submitted on Nov 21, 2020 Useful Info

All You Need to Know About Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Martinique

Distinctively French, Martinique is a Caribbean Island that is part of the Lesser Antilles.

This brief dives into the top tourist destinations in the island that should be in your bucket list.

1. Les Salines

  • It's only a distance away south of Sainte-Anne with a 1km coastal strip stretching to the southern tip of Martinique.
  • It is arguably the best and most popular beach in Martinique with warm, calm waters and heavenly white sands.
  • It is serene and tranquil during the week but attracts crowds during the weekend.

2. Fort-de-France

  • The capital and the main port in Martinique, it hosts the statue of Napoleon Bonaparte's Empress Josephine and the famous Bibliothéque Schoelcher.
  • Other architectural attractions in the capital include Fort Royal (1638), Saint Louis Cathedral and Musée Departemental d'Archéologie which portrays Martinique's Pre- Colombian age.

3. Balata Botanical Garden

  • Located near Fort-de-France, the botanical garden is home to over 3000 species of tropical plants and flowers.
  • There's a raised wooden rope suspension bridge that gazes over the lush green aerial view of the garden.

4. Saint-Pierre

  • The old Saint-Pierre was once the capital and the main port in Martinique.
  • After Mount Pelée erupted in 1902, the city was covered with volcanic ash.
  • It attracts archeologists, historians and scuba divers.

5. Cháteau Dubuc and the Caravelle Peninsula

  • Here sits a vast sugarcane factory established in the 18th century which was once the main industry in the island.
  • It is home to over 150 species of plants and birds.
  • La Caravelle Nature Trail offers hiking through the thick mangrove.

6. Zoo Martinique and Le Carbet

  • Located among the ruins of a former sugarcane plantation, the zoo is habitat to hundreds of tropical plants and animals such as jaguars, monkeys and racoons.
  • The neighboring town of Le Carbet is considered to be the landing point of Christopher Columbus in 1502.