Welcome to Martinique !!
Today I take you to the heart of the flower island with Myoxybubble Martinique! This island is an open-air poem, with its people, its heavenly beaches, its diverse landscapes and its Ti’rum! Who does not know the famous Martinican poet Aimé Césaire? He was fighting for the freedom of his people! Do not wait any longer to discover this exotic island through Myoxybubble Martinique.
- Welcome to Martinique !!
- Martinique, the island of flowers !
- Day 1 : Arrival in Fort de France !
- Day 2 : On the way to the north of the island!
- Day 3 : Rain and sun, mountain and beach!
- Day 4 : The village of Grand Rivière
- Day 5 : The Caravelle peninsula !
- Day 6 : The islets and Robert’s bay
- Day 7 : The south of Martinique and its dream beaches!
- Day 8 : The wonders of southern Martinique
- Day 9 : The Caribbean Diamond!
- Day 10 : Southern Anses
- Day 11 : Massage at Orcea !
- My advice
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Martinique, the island of flowers !
Day 1 : Arrival in Fort de France !
On the way to discover the island of flowers! Reserve your vehicle via the BSP auto comparator. We had chosen the Pop’s agency because we recommend you without hesitation! The advantage is that as soon as you arrive, you will be taken care of calmly by the company. A van will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport and will take you directly to the rental agency. Picking up and taking possession of your vehicle will be very simple and quick. Little wait! The value for money is unbeatable! We paid €150 car rental for 11 days in November. The return of the vehicle was without surprise. Your vacation will start and end with a bang thanks to Pop’s car!
# Where to sleep in Le Lamentin ?
No more time to waste! Direction the heart of Lamentin where you will reach your little bubble of oxygen located just 15 minutes from the airport.
I offer you 2 really sensational accommodations!
- The unusual escape in a traditional Afrolodge!
The Xwé Afrolodge is an unusual accommodation of ancestral inspiration. Access will be via a tropical alley guided by Japanese steps and conch shells.
As soon as you arrive at the lodge, you will be greeted by a magnificent carved wooden entrance door representing a leaf of breadfruit. This fruit is very symbolic in the Caribbean because it is the fruit that feeds the family. This door will give direct access to your bedroom.
The Afrolodge XXL bed is unique! It was totally created by Steve your host. He had the idea of fitting a flute from the hills into the headboard. Steve plays this traditional flute from his native island wonderfully well. This musical instrument is very symbolic. It is also called the “Toutoune-bamboo”.
The Afrolodge is a hut on stilts whose construction was based on the transmission of the techniques of manufacturing the huts of yesteryear. The roofs are covered with palm fronds. It was built with craftsmen from Martinique and Dominica. The Afrolodge is also an eco-lodge!
No chemicals are used there and all of the different living spaces such as the bedroom, the toilets, the terraces, the kitchen, the bathroom and even the sauna have been made with natural and noble materials such as grilled wood. , ti balm, chop wood, Indian wood, reeds, bamboo or mahogany. Plant materials from the island are also in the spotlight, such as coconut fiber or palm leaves. This eco-lodge is a real tribute to the ancestors. The hosts Axelle & Steeve are keen to preserve and transmit this Afro-Caribbean heritage.
From the terraces on stilts, you will enjoy an exceptional view with lush vegetation including giant banana trees. In clear skies, you will be able to admire the splendid view of the Piton du Carbet.
A private natural pond is currently under construction by Steve. The work will be completed in early 2023. Each rock in the basin is important. They were all chosen by Steve. This pool is designed for swimming and will be totally privatized for XWé Afrologde.
In the early morning, let yourself be tempted by an incredible brunch delivered by “brunch with me”! All the flavors of the Caribbean will explode in your mouth on good mornings (apple cinnamon, sweet potato, chocolate milk with bitter almond etc …..)
I invite you to book this unusual and authentic experience in Martinique without delay!
Axelle & Steeve will give you a warm welcome! One night is not enough to enjoy this unusual and incredible escape! I advise you to spend several nights there! A real favorite for the ancestral Afrolodge and its hosts.
- Kilombo Bungalow and its relaxation area
Welcome to Kilombo Bungalow ! This accommodation was made with a mixture of concrete and natural materials such as wood, bamboo, palm leaves and coconut. This mix of materials has been designed so that the accommodation has better resistance to bad weather such as the devastating storms that there can be in the Caribbean. Kilombo bungalow has air conditioning for your comfort. The decoration of your room will be zen & cozy.
Your living space in Kilombo will have a dedicated massage hut and a private hot tub. A massage can be performed on request by your hosts for an extra charge. The use of the Jacuzzi is included in the rental price. The good news is that it can be used at will!
This is very appreciable after 9 hours of flight! The whole is surrounded by a pretty tropical garden. In the morning you can admire the hummingbirds.
# Cloud rooftop bar
The cloud rooftop is a bar specializing in mixology! This is an exceptional cocktail bar! The bartenders Eolia & Steeve are incredibly masterful! They are dynamic and skilful. They embody the soul and atmosphere of the Cloud rooftop bar. Passionate about their profession, their local products and their island, they will be able to pass on their passion to you! Take the time to chat with them.
They are fully equipped! Their homemade syrups allow them to make delicious cocktails. They have a fruit dehydrating machine and a high-end machine to make perfect ice cubes!
We have tried the “Dousin'” cocktail and the “porn star martini” for you. In Martiniquais, the word “Dousin” means caress. The Dousin is composed of an old rum Clément cane blue 2020, a touch of syrup of soursop with spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, wood of India and nutmeg), lemon juice and pineapple juice. You tell me the news! At the Cloud Rooftop bar, they have the art of combining flavors is haute couture par excellence.
Bartenders and bartenders have extensive training. Mixology is a bit like cooking. You have to know your products, your associations, be creative, experiment a lot and above all test! This job requires mastering different techniques. Steeve & Eolia put on a show in an atypical and intimate setting offering a view of Fort de France and the Pierre Aliker stadium! After a drink or two I promise you will have your head in the clouds! Hence the name 😉!
Everything is accompanied by a trendy atmosphere. The bar is suspended on the top floor of a building which offers a fabulous sunset over Fort de France every evening. The only downside is access to a building that does not look like much on your arrival. Access is also a little difficult to find when you don’t know but once you arrive you will quickly forget it!
Day 2 : On the way to the north of the island!
# The garden of Balata
The Balata garden is the unmissable tropical garden to visit during your stay in Martinique. The entrance costs 15€. Count 1h30 of tropical escape.
Are you in love with flowers, tropical plants and exotic trees? Do not hesitate any longer and come for a walk in the marvelous garden of Balata. The layout of the garden is very well done and very well maintained. Even people with reduced mobility can enjoy the garden.
The view on the heights with the fish pond below is simply breathtaking!
Young and old will love the course at Indiana Jones on the suspended walkway.
A real zen and exotic moment in this Balata garden! I recommend.
# Saut Gendarme Waterfall
The Saut Gendarme waterfall is a refreshing and invigorating stopover located not far from the Balata garden.
The parking lot is very small. There are other much more beautiful and impressive waterfalls in Martinique but this one has the merit of being pretty, easy and quick to access. The site can be a good base for a family picnic. Access is via a steep staircase and a small exotic jungle. Bring a good pair of sneakers because the crossing can be slippery in some places.
# Goddesses of the depths in Saint-Pierre
Fancy a free unusual excursion? At the entrance to the city of Grand Saint Pierre stands 5 magnificent totems created by the artist Yolanda Naranjo. You can’t miss them!
Park in the free car park to contemplate them. This car park is the starting point of your quest for the goddesses of the depths. Take your mask and snorkel and your flippers, then walk along the beach on your right to the Bela Beach restaurant.
Two goddesses of the depths are immersed in the Caribbean ocean to pay homage to women. They are right in front of this bar-restaurant and are located exactly at the level of the second yellow buoy. Yemaya, a 12m long mermaid is visible in mask and snorkel from the surface of the water.
Manman Dlo his older sister is also visible there. If you want to get closer to the sea goddesses, you will have to go snorkeling to more or less 6m deep. Not easy for everyone! On your return, do not hesitate to stop at Bela Beach! The bar restaurant is perfect for drinking a cocktail and chilling before taking the road to the small lost village of Ajoupa Bouillon. Count a good half hour drive to reach your destination.
# Where to sleep in Ajoupa Bouillon ?
The village of Ajoupa Bouillon is a good base for climbing Mount Pelée and visiting the north of the country. We can recommend a small bungalow nestled in the middle of a pretty fruit garden (lemon tree, orange tree, mango tree, etc.). The restful and quiet place has a beautiful and large swimming pool.
The accommodation is simple and comfortable. Ideal for a night of passage. Your welcome will be warm and you will benefit on your arrival from a tasting of homemade liqueurs made by your host. Be careful, the place is isolated. You won’t find any restaurants in the area. You will have to go as far as Saint-Pierre or Sainte-Marie to find a real restaurant.
Day 3 : Rain and sun, mountain and beach!
# The ascent of the peeled mountain!
Leave early in the morning in the cool! Count 6 hours round trip to climb the pelee mountain, which is a volcano still active.
I guarantee you a very nice hike! Attention, I recommend it for seasoned hikers or in very good physical condition. The climbs can be steep, the rocks slippery and the steps have been washed away by the rain. You will see yourself climbing some rocks and stepping over fairly high steps!
Departure is from the parking lot of the aileron. Before you leave, take your precautions! Be well equipped with a good pair of hiking shoes, trousers, a waterproof jacket, a bottle of water and the hiker’s sandwich.
The ankles and knees will be very stressed. So, do not hesitate to put on a knee pad or an ankle pad if you are subject to weaknesses at this level. Also provide a first aid kit in your backpack. An injury or a sprain can happen quickly on this kind of course. The ascent of the peeled mountain is mainly with your head in the clouds.
The weather is very changeable with alternating rain and good weather. This hike reminds me of the ascent of the Soufrière volcano. At the top, it is not uncommon to catch strong gusts of wind, so be careful!
For the record, the town of Saint-Pierre was devastated by the eruption of May 8, 1902. This eruption killed 30,000 people. An air of the end of the world reigned in Martinique that day.
Do you like challenges ? Then this excursion is made for you! The reward will be huge! The landscapes are breathtaking and the views spectacular. You will take a deep breath of air.
The highest point is called “Le Chinois” and dominates the crater located a little lower.
You can use the visorando mobile app to help you do this hike. Here is the itinerary link.
# The Ceron house and the magnificent Zamana!
The Céron habitation is a former sugar refinery with a watermill dating from the 17th century. The buildings are visible from the Céron garden. The family has renovation projects for an upcoming opening to the public.
To date, the Céron habitation offers a magical and luxuriant garden bordered by a river and whose centerpiece is the majestic Zamana tree. It does not go unnoticed with its size, its 350 years and its shade which covers 5000m2! It won the competition for the most beautiful tree in France in 2016. At the foot of Zamana you will feel very small!
You will be hypnotized by the beauty of its branches and impressed by its dimensions. As you can see in my photos, this tree is a real painting of Caribbean nature.
The Céron habitation is a magnificent tropical garden concealing countless varieties of palm trees. At the entrance to the site, it is possible to scan a QR code to install a mobile application allowing you to recognize all the trees in the garden during your visit. A space is also dedicated to cocoa trees.
Indeed, the family is betting on a new activity which is the production of cocoa. It reminds me of the cocoa farm in Costa Rica where I had the privilege of making my chocolate bars. The Céron habitation has more than 2000 cocoa trees and also manufactures its chocolate bars but also an excellent cocoa mucilage ice cream that I highly recommend!
Sit down at the bar of the Céron residence and enjoy one of the homemade ice creams or even a fresh fruit juice! You tell me the news !
Many will think that the €8 entrance fee is excessive, but believe me, the visit to the Zamana tree alone is worth the trip!
# Sunset at Anse couleuvre !
I’m going to show you a hidden little corner of paradise, located behind a lush jungle! Set off to discover this postcard setting for the sunset or very early in the morning to enjoy this heavenly black sand beach just for you.
Be careful, the road to get there by car is very winding and parking very complicated! The beach being too small, I do not advise you to go there during the day. Once your vehicle is parked, you will drive 500 meters into a verdant forest. Yes, Anse Couleuvre is worth it! The site is wild, which makes all its charm. Possibility of hiking from Grand Rivière to get to Anse Couleuvre. It takes 7 hours of hiking! And the return is done by boat which must be reserved in advance.
Day 4 : The village of Grand Rivière
From Ajoupa bouillon, count 35 minutes by car to the famous green metal bridge that connects the last village in the north of Martinique called Grand Rivière!
The vegetation surrounding the bridge is lush. Indeed, this part of the island is very different from the south of the country by its exuberant vegetation. You will notice an air of Jurassic Park! Grand Rivière is the village at the end of the world par excellence in Martinique. It is the least populated town on the island. It has only 571 inhabitants. Once you have crossed the bridge, you will chain turns which follow one another from ravine to ravine and will arrive on the heights of the village. An exceptional spot is offered to you on the village located below. Unfortunately, it is impossible to park at this point of view to contemplate or photograph this panorama.
We arrived in the village early in the morning and were able to see that Grand Rivière is an isolated village where there is a feeling of tranquility, calm and an exceptional sweetness of life. Only the sound of the waves and a few seagulls are heard.
# What to do in Grand rivière ?
Grande Rivière full of attractions. Every street corner will charm you! The village has several points of interest to visit!
- The wall of “I love you”
- The statue of the Virgin
This walk that leads to the heights of Grand Rivière to the statue of the Virgin will offer you a breathtaking view of the village.
- Sinaï beach
This black sand beach called Sinai has a unique setting: it is overlooked by an incredibly green and lush slope reminiscent of the film Jurassic Park. Possibility to swim on the edge but be careful of the current all the same. Don’t walk away!
- The church
- The eye-catching wall
This trompe-l’oeil wall is decorated with fake colored boxes.
- Hike to Anse Couleuvre
The starting point for the hike to Anse Couleuvre is not far from the port. Allow 7 hours of walking. A return by boat is to be expected if your vehicle is parked in Grand Rivière.
- Fishing Harbour
We were lucky enough to meet a young fisherman named Elie in the port of Grand Rivière who proudly showed us his catch of the day. Indeed, Elie caught in front of us a magnificent Orphi which is a fish from the Caribbean coast.
I literally fell in love with this little part of the world! Here, we forget all the hassles of everyday life..
# Where to eat in Grand Rivière?
In this charming little village, rush without hesitation to the bar-restaurant located by the sea and called “Le grille riverain“. Rosette the owner and her staff will welcome you with a smile and without fuss.
You will be installed facing the ocean and under the palm trees. The food here is fresh and delicious. At breakfast, Rosette makes delicious fruit juices made from Kythera plum or soursop.
Opportunity to buy him some pastries in his store which is located a street just behind his restaurant. For lunch, the place is perfect for sipping a good home-made planter accompanied by some succulent cod fritters.
# The JM distillery
Only 10 minutes by car from Grand Rivière, stop off at the magnificent JM distillery. The estate is huge and has a very pretty surrounding park with cinnamon trees, frangipani trees and bamboo. The buildings there are beautiful.
Here, admission is free and there are no guided tours. The benches speak for you and tell you the story of sugar cane. Sit down and listen to all the explanations. You will learn a lot about the different species of sugar cane (green, red, black canes, etc.). The visit is well thought out.
We will explain to you step by step the production of rum from sugar cane and its history. The sun means a lot to sugar cane! If it rains the canes will be much less sweet. The more the sun is present, the sweeter and therefore better the cane will be! The harvest season is also very important. Too bad for us that the tanks were empty during our visit because it was not the right season.
Ideally, favor a visit during the sugar cane harvest. The tanks will be full. At the end of your visit, you will carry out a rather original little olfactory exercise by smelling the different notes of rum according to its maturity.
Little icing on the cake, you will benefit from a free tasting and at more than attractive prices compared to supermarkets or airports for your purchases. You can taste the rums that appealed to you during your olfactory exercise. It is possible to test 4 rums per person! Do not hesitate to make your purchases at the end of the course.
# The Tombolo hike in Sainte-Marie
Unfortunately for us, once again the period did not allow us to carry out this unusual hike. Indeed, this hike is only possible to access from January to April. At this time of year, the tide is at its lowest and gives way to a sandbank between two seas linking Sainte-Marie to Tombolo. From the islet of Tombolo, you will get a nice view of the town of Sainte-Marie. I hope you have a little better luck than us!
Continue the discovery of this magnificent island by continuing your road trip to the small town of La Trinité.
# Where to sleep at La Trinité ?
Nestled in the heart of Trinidad, come and discover the unusual Shui bamboo accommodation! Here, time stands still! Since her earliest childhood, Rosemonde, the host of this bungalow had always dreamed of having a cabin in the trees. Today, she has realized her dream by building a cabin on stilts in the family garden.
Rosemonde called on her cousin who owns a bamboo grove and masters the material perfectly. This ecolodge on stilts, focused on sustainable development and entirely designed in bamboo canes. The rods used for the design of the frame have an impressive diameter! It was designed to withstand cyclones. It took 2 years to make this work of art! I invite you to book your night at Shui bamboo.
As soon as you wake up, you will enjoy a splendid view of the Caravelle. Indeed, the accommodation is a very good starting point for visiting the peninsula.
Shuit Bamboo is in total harmony with respect for nature! Dry toilets will be in the spotlight.
Shuit bamboo is surrounded by a Creole garden rich in fruit trees. The host will show you around the garden with passion. Depending on the season, you will have the privilege of tasting the fresh fruits offered by this wonderful nature.
At the time of slavery, everyone brought back and planted their plants in their garden to be able to heal or feed themselves. The Shuit bamboo garden brings together many plants from India, Africa, Mexico and endemic plants from the island of Martinique. It is not for nothing that we call Martinique the island of flowers!
Day 5 : The Caravelle peninsula !
Today, I offer you a 3h30 round trip loop in the sumptuous reserve of the peninsula of the caravelle.
You will find HERE the link to the starting point and the route of the hike.
The 10km hike is preferably done over a full day in order to make the most of this walk which offers exceptional and varied landscapes such as the seafront, a lighthouse, the forest, the mangroves or the ruins of a castle at the end of route. But also to take the time to picnic and swim in the treasure bay.
Bring a good pair of hiking shoes (no flip flops!), sunglasses, a swimsuit, a towel, eco-responsible sunscreen, plenty of water and a good picnic!
The trail is very well marked and secure except for a small section which runs along the edge of the cliffs. This portion can be tricky with small children but not dangerous. There is a passage on pontoons through the mangroves which is very nice to cross.
The Caravelle peninsula is a small jewel of Martinique. I recommend this hike only in good weather. You will have the pleasure of swimming and relaxing in the magnificent treasure bay. I do not recommend hiking in bad weather because there are mancenilliers. It is a dangerous tree because it is toxic. Above all, do not eat the fruit, which looks very much like an apple, or take shelter under it in rainy weather because the water is loaded with toxic substances as it trickles down the leaves and burns the skin.
There are many of them at the treasure bay. Stay safe ! We call it the tree of death!
A 10km hike is hollow! If you haven’t taken a picnic, stop on the way back to Tartane, to taste the delicious djondjon rice at Aza le roi du poulet! The place does not look like much but I promise you an explosion of flavor in the mouth! The chicken is killer! Then take the direction towards the town of Le Robert.
Day 6 : The islets and Robert’s bay
# Where to sleep in “Le Robert” ?
Perched on the hills of Mont Vert au Robert, the Nina lodge will leave you dreaming with its private swimming pool and its incredible view of the sea and the town.
Le Havre du Robert and its islets! Formerly a family sugar cane field, Gilda & Massimo have made the daring bet to build 4 magnificent bungalows there that you can book HERE. Each bungalow, surrounded by nature, has its own private swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and hammock.
The place invites relaxation and well-being. The design room has a neat decoration with a very pretty tapestry.
You will also appreciate the beautiful walk-in shower created by your Italian host Massimo! Everything is provided as in a top-of-the-range hotel, including the bathrobe. Gilda & Massimo are responsive and helpful hosts. A delicious breakfast will be offered to you for your first night.
Possibility to book your other breakfasts with a supplement of €7.50/person. I 100% recommend a stay at Massimo & Gilda.
# Visit the 3 ilets aboard a Ti Canot!
Today, I recommend a truly unusual experience! The independent visit of the three islands aboard a motorized Ti canot and without a license will be an incredible adventure! This privilege will cost you only 140€ per day or 80€ for half a day. Do not hesitate to treat yourself to this kiffe! The Ti canoe can accommodate a maximum of 6 people on board. The rental of the boat offers a very good value for money / person. You will sail alone, like a real little sailor!
Do not panic ! It is very easy to navigate with the pre-recorded route on the marine GPS. Bruce’s explanations are simple and clear. Your day will be paced as you wish, stress-free and hassle-free. Before you leave, Bruce will teach you how to program your GPS, test the depth, start the engine or pull up the anchor. Be careful, I advise you to take a good look around you before going up this one. The latter has a chain length of 5.5 meters. After your debriefing with Bruce, you just have to respect and follow your logbook.
Your tour of the ilets will consist of 3 stages:
- Stage 1: Ilet chancel
Ilet Chancel is an islet where splendid endemic iguanas take refuge. It is an endangered protected species. On site, you will learn to recognize and differentiate the male and female iguana. The male is gray in color while the female is coated in a gorgeous fluorescent green. In adulthood, they can measure up to 70cm.
The islet conceals many treasures such as an old lime kiln, some ruins of an old sugar plantation, magnificent cursed fig trees, lush vegetation and a turquoise blue ocean. For the record, the cursed fig tree destroys the trees it embraces. It’s the strangler fig tree! Ilet Chancel is steeped in history.
- Stage 2 : Trapeze white background
Welcome to Paradise ! Stage 2 includes a stop in the trapeze bath located at the tip of the islet La Grotte. I advise you to anchor along the islet of the cave because there is less wind and therefore less current.
Once moored, you will be with your feet in the water in the white bottoms! Don’t forget to plan your lunch picnic and especially the little punch! An essential during your little trip to the sea! We stayed a very long time enjoying this heavenly place.
Once the group boats left, we were alone to benefit from this postcard panorama. I also advise you to bring your snorkeling equipment. Do not hesitate to sunbathe on the small beach. You will be alone in the world! Real Robinson Crusoes!
- Stage 3 : Ilet Madame
Before going to this step, you will need to call Bruce to inform him of your routing for security reasons. He will watch you with his binoculars to make sure you don’t drift.
Ilet Madame is the islet of idleness and snorkeling. For the latter, head to the left of the pontoon. This part of the islet is a real aquarium. There are many coral reefs and fish there.
The Ti canot experience in a private boat made us want to get our boat license afterwards! I can only urge you to book your Ti canot adventure now HERE.
Day 7 : The south of Martinique and its dream beaches!
# Anse Grosse Rocheand it’s eternal heart!
Put your GPS towards Anse grosse Roche !
Once you arrive at the site, walking, turn right and walk along the sea to Pointe Macrée, where a magnificent heart carved into the rock is hidden. The place is very romantic!
The site is wild and authentic! It is the starting point for beautiful hikes taking place mainly in the undergrowth, in particular the one going to Cap Ferré. You will walk along a magnificent deserted beach worthy of Koh Lanta. You will be alone in the world! The place is not very touristy, so enjoy this privilege!
Be careful, swimming remains dangerous with the presence of big waves. The beach is unsupervised but beautifully lined with coconut palms! A true earthly paradise just for you. Too bad that the sargassum are present but the site remains splendid.
# Anse Michel
Welcome to Anse Michel! It is the beach of relaxation and idleness par excellence! Anse Michel beach is bordered by numerous palm and coconut trees, fine white sand, white bottoms and translucent, warm water. Your arrival at Anse Michel will be just heavenly!
Feel free to bring your hammock!
The arrival is from the heights which will offer you a breathtaking view of a turquoise blue ocean like a postcard setting. It is in the top 5 of the most beautiful beaches in Martinique! Be careful, it must still be taken into account that Anse Michel is a kitesurfing spot and not a beach intended for swimming and snorkeling. Possibility to rent a kite on site.
The cove has a very good restaurant with its feet in the sand. Please note that the restaurant does not take credit cards. I strongly advise you to taste a homemade ice cream on site sold by a little lady. You tell me the news ! An explosion of flavor in the mouth. The ice cream looks like a granita.
The icing on the cake, Anse Michel hides a nest! It is on the right of the beach, at the level of large rocks.
He is at the top of his last. We climbed to reach it. The climbing is quite good but there is also a path on the heights to get there. From the nest, the view is breathtaking!
# The Salines beach
The Salines beach is very pretty. I recommend it for its exceptional sunset.
An air of Zen reigns here. It is also in the top 5 of the most beautiful beaches in Martinique but it is very touristy during the day. There are traffic jams and the parking lot is crowded.
The beach is shaded but be careful not to settle under a coconut tree. You can also eat because it has several small inexpensive restaurants. The site is also very well laid out with picnic tables if you prefer.
The beach is not very wide. That’s the only downside for me. When the sun has set, I suggest you take the direction of Le Diamant.
# Where to sleep in Le Diamant ?
Undoubtedly, you have to try the Okavango Blue studio adventure! Where does the Okavango Blue meaning come from? This is the name given to the largest blue diamond found in Botswana.
Okavango Blue studio has the privilege of offering you a breathtaking view of the Diamond Rock, emblem of Martinique. This rock is a vestige of the volcanic activity of the island, whose shape is similar to the famous jewel called diamond. The diamond rock is immersed in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. The water around it has a hypnotic deep blue. The reverberation of the water on the walls of the rock generates reflections reminiscent of those of a diamond. So Teddy & Coralie had the ingenious idea of naming their accommodation Okavango Blue studio! A poem was written by Lain S. Thomas to announce the discovery of “The Okavango Blue”, the largest and rarest blue diamond ever discovered. This poem in English is displayed in the Okavango studio.
Teddy & Coralie are remarkable hosts! They will know how to welcome you warmly! As soon as you enter the studio, you will be amazed by the neat, modern and design decoration of the accommodation. A magnificent fully glazed bathroom will allow you to take your shower while admiring the Caribbean Sea and its Diamond or your sweetheart taking a shower!
For the more timid a courtesy curtain is installed! All the amenities worthy of a top-of-the-range hotel will be at your disposal.
The icing on the cake, a heart of fresh rose petals will be sprinkled on the bed! I promise you a torrid and romantic night, all washed down with a small glass of rum courtesy of your host. In the early morning, the Okavango Blue magic will persist as soon as the sun rises with the exceptional discovery of the Martinique diamond right in front of you!
A terrace with an equipped kitchen and garden furniture will allow you to contemplate it while having your coffee. The surprises are not over! You will benefit from VIP access to the famous Black Diamond hotel complex and its huge swimming pool with a breathtaking sea view.
Don’t forget your “black Diamond” bath towel! On weekends, exceptional evenings take place there. For a first in Martinique, Jean Roch’s VIP room was part of the party! Don’t wait any longer and come live the Okavango Blue studio adventure in Martinique!
Day 8 : The wonders of southern Martinique
# The savannah of petrifications
The savannah of petrifications is a real unexpected favorite during our stay in Martinique!
The hike is not monotonous. It offers splendid and diversified landscapes between the volcanic desert, the cactus savannah, the seafront, the mangrove forest and the wild beaches.
You will love this wild side of the ride with its wooded, rocky or sandy ground.
It is not uncommon to benefit from a light wind on the seafront but you must still avoid hot weather because the site can be in the middle of a dodger..
Plan something to snack on and especially plenty of water because there is nothing around. Don’t forget your bathing suit! We enjoyed swimming on a beautiful beach with a wide stretch of white sand. The beach is worthy of Koh Lanta! In fact, it’s all there! It is isolated and has many coconut trees. The location is idyllic. I challenge you to find the famous strain to open coconuts! We sat all afternoon in this heavenly place.
The only negative point is the presence of sargassum. Also be careful not to hike the day after rain because the terrain can be muddy.
Don’t wait any longer and treat yourself to a great escape to the savannah as soon as petrifications occur.
At the end of the afternoon I can advise you to head towards Anse Caritan in Saint Anne.
# Anse Caritan at sunset
Anse Caritan is a beautiful beach that I highly recommend for families with small children. The water is calm and warm. The place is not touristy. The place enjoys a sumptuous view of Morne Larcher in addition to an Instagramable spot with its swing located in the middle of the water.
The sunsets are beautiful and relaxing. It’s good to chill to the rhythm of the swing. The site is shaded because it is located on the edge of a grove.
Day 9 : The Caribbean Diamond!
# The ascent of Morne Larcher !
The starting point of the hike is a little before the parking lot of the Cap 110 memorial, at Anse cafard, near the monument of Aimé Césaire.
You will find HERE the Visorando link of the hiking itinerary.
Note that we did not cross the whole hill, so as not to have to return by bus to return to the starting point. Arrived at the top, after having taken advantage of the view, we left by the same path as on the outward journey.
I advise you to climb very early in the morning to avoid the heat. Hiking is not recommended with young children. It is more for seasoned walkers. The climb is steep and very physical!
Be careful, the trail has many rocks to climb that can be slippery, muddy and dangerous. It’s a tricky hike out and back. A good pair of hiking shoes is necessary and mandatory!
Plan a lot of water because you will be swimming!
Allow 2 hours round trip without your break time.
Be careful, when you reach the top, don’t miss the small path on the left which will take you directly to the panoramic viewpoint overlooking the south of the island, with the town, the diamond and the diamond cross.
On arrival, I promise you a great reward! It’s just Wow!
Your walk is over, it’s time to go and collect your thoughts just next to the car park, at the Cap 110 memorial.
# Cape 110 Memorial
The Cap 110 memorial is located by the sea. It is a beautiful open-air structure that pays homage to slaves from New Guinea.
The name of the memorial “Cap 110” alludes to the direction of Guinea. The latter drowned following the sinking of a ship. Fifteen stone men are represented standing facing the sea in search of freedom. Explanatory historical panels tell you this terrible and unfortunate story.
A stop at the memorial is mandatory! We can’t ignore it! The memorial is really touching because tells about the living conditions of the slaves on the boat and the tragedy. From Cap 110, you will enjoy a nice view of the Diamond. The symbolism of the place is great! Just behind this memorial is the small house of the convict of the diamond.
# Taupinière Lake
Looking for unusual places? I suggest a nice hike leading to Taupinière Lake. You will cross mangroves that will lead you to him. The peculiarity of the lake is that it turns all pink at certain times of the year.
Here are the approximate coordinates of the lake.
Indeed, the mineral salts concentrate under the action of heat. After evaporation of the fresh water, this concentration potentiates the presence of a micro algae called Dunaliella Salina which itself is candy pink in color.
Bad luck for us, the torrential rains before our arrival in Martinique diluted this high concentration of microalgae and suddenly the lake was brown. We had launched the drone to check the color of the lake and avoid doing this excursion for nothing.
# Hot springs at Petite Anse d’Arlet
Head to the hot springs of Petite Anse d’Arlet for the sunset. Park in the small free car park. You have two options for accessing the sources. From the beach, turn right then go swimming, but I must admit that it can be quite sporty with the current and the waves.
I recommend the second solution which is safer and more pleasant. Take a street that climbs out of the car park directly on your left. A sign announces the start of the short 10-minute walk.
It will take you to the heights overlooking the sea and then descend to the sources via a small country path. Please note, there is only one pool. In addition to the breathtaking sunset, you will enjoy an incredible view of Morne Larcher!
For information, the water is not that hot and it is cloudy. I admit that I hesitated to dive into it!
# Where to sleep in Anse d’Arlet ?
Without hesitation, I recommend that you take to the skies and experience a truly unusual moment in a magnificent perched hut located on the Ti Bakoua estate! What does Ti Bakoua mean? The bakoua is a tree in Martinique whose leaves are used to make basketry and hats. The hut where you will stay is called Ti Bao. It was built around a baobab tree. There are not many in Martinique. Ti Bao will undoubtedly seduce your child’s soul and your adventurous side.
The cabin is nestled in the middle of an exotic garden and offers a direct and breathtaking view of the majestic Morne Larcher. It’s just a magical experience!
The hut is on two floors. On the 1st floor is the bathroom with sanitary. The decoration is zen and natural. On the second floor, you will fall in love with Ti Bao’s magnificent romantic room! When you push the door you will be totally seduced by the subdued atmosphere created by lights and candles installed for your arrival. A real little love nest!
Your unusual dream will become a reality in Ti Bakoua. The bed has very comfortable bedding and the cleanliness is impeccable. The decoration and design of the Ti Bao hut is based on several styles of wood such as driftwood, bamboo or “ti balm” wood. The ti balm is a technique of weaving wood in Martinique that you will be able to admire on the different windows of the terrace of the cabin.
The terrace area is just sumptuous! You will closely admire the imposing tree trunk of the Baobab. The terrace of the hut faces Morne Larcher. You will have the privilege of admiring it every day because a small dining table has been installed for your breakfasts and candlelit dinners.
Your host Audrey will be very available and give good advice. She will do everything possible to make you feel good. She will be happy to provide you with a delicious basket filled with local products for breakfast (homemade jams, fresh fruit, etc.) or a good little rum for an aperitif. The little touches of attention are numerous at Ti Bao with Audrey.
The icing on the cake, the Ti Bakoua estate has a splendid infinity pool with a view of Morne Larcher and the sea, which is not negligible.
You will find in the garden surrounding the estate different species of palm trees such as the bottle palm, the Bismarck palm, the royal palms, the dwarf bakoua, frangipani, hibiscus or bougainvillea. Do not hesitate any longer and book your unusual escape to Ti Bakoua you will not regret it!
Day 10 : Southern Anses
# Downtown Grande Anse d’Arlet
# Anse Dufour and anse noire
Do you dream of swimming with turtles? Anse Dufour and Anse Noire are the dream places to make your dream come true!
They feed on the grass beds that line the white bottoms of these coves abundantly. Do not forget your snorkeling equipment because you will be able to admire them for hours!
I invite you not to approach or touch them in order to protect and respect them. It is also not uncommon to see schools of fish and pelicans dipping their beaks into the water to catch their prey. A real show for adults and children. If you want to be quiet, go early in the morning because the site is necessarily touristy at certain times of the year.
# One night at grande Anse du Diamant
Our stay coming to an end soon, we again chose accommodation on the Grande Anse du Diamant side to be closer to the airport located only 20km away. You will stay in one of the two Creole villas surrounded by a magnificent tropical garden at Villa Gaia.
The bungalows invite you to enjoy the outdoor space.
Ti zen and Ti Spa also invite you to a real moment of relaxation with their integrated spa on their terrace and the Ti punch bar available.
When you wake up or at the end of the day, relax to the rhythm of the massage nozzles and a small glass!
The accommodation is clean and functional with its open kitchen. The bathroom is still small, which is a bit of a shame. The setting is calm and rejuvenating.
Day 11 : Massage at Orcea !
At Orcea Residence & Spa, as soon as you cross the entrance gate, it will be an immediate embarkation towards paradise. You will end your stay in style. I strongly advise you to give yourself this wellness break just before your return flight. I promise you a real letting go.
You will be asked to put your cell phone on silent mode and forget about it for the time of your Orcea escape. Here time stops! There is no television or digital. Silence is the master of the place. It’s a total disconnect. Only the sounds of the surrounding nature reign here.
The Orcea ritual will begin with a thermal circuit in the heart of a charming tropical garden. This course invites you to well-being and relaxation. (shower, swimming pool, river bath and sauna).
You will start your session with a tropical shower sky punctuated by the sound of birdsong and then take your place in the aquatic pool.
At Orcea you will learn to relax and feel good. You have the choice for a time for yourself alone or as a couple in a relaxing place surrounded by nature surrounded by different varieties of flowers, plants and trees that adorn this little Garden of Eden (Papyrus, banana tree, palm tree, coconut trees , hat weaving tree, mangrove).
The adventure continues in the direction of Bin la rivière! It is an invigorating natural rainwater pool.
The pool is made up of hydro-massage nozzles that will stimulate your thighs. Its invigorating nozzles will break your dimples. A true natural spa. You will recharge your batteries at Orcea. Your mind and body will be totally relaxed and you will be ready to move on to the next step which will be the sauna and then a body massage. Jessica & Alexandra will transport you to their little Garden of Eden.
From the start of your visit, they will whisper in your ear and you will practice deep breathing to release the last tensions! A top-of-the-range personalized massage will be performed for you, solo or as a duo!
Possibility of benefiting from a prenatal massage or having a massage for your baby. The massage oils are made with flowers and fruits from their garden. It is a handcrafted production. Several scents are available such as Broken Wood, Pineapple or Ylang Ylang. The oils are on sale for 20€.
I hope you enjoy the ritual by Orcea residence & spa!
Jessica, the person in charge of the premises, is a benevolent, welcoming, warm, smiling person. She has a radiant personality who makes herself available with a lot of sincerity. Your welcome will be exceptional!
I invite you now to click on this link and book your moment of well-being at Orcea. The setting is idyllic, just like the staff. The residence is located just 300m from the beach. Possibility of staying on site and having access to the complex from 4 p.m. for tenants.
That’s it, it’s the end of the trip! After this last moment of relaxation, it’s time to take your return flight!
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We strongly advise you to rent a car to be independent and free. Especially since the cost of rentals is very cheap on the island.
We went through the bsp-auto comparator and rented from the Pop’s car agency.
Driving is easy on the island.
The currency is of course the euro.
No particular point of vigilance. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Remember to take:
– sunscreen and sunglasses
– Your flippers, masks and snorkel if you want to snorkel, your diving license if necessary.
For electrical outlets, they are identical to those in mainland France.
Don’t forget your hiking boots.