Along with the beautiful scenery, delicious Caribbean cuisine, and great weather, the French island of Martin is home to an abundance of gorgeous beaches for visitors to indulge and sunbathe. Unlike some other islands that attract heavy tourist crowds, all of the beaches on the French nation are open to the public so locals and tourists can enjoy the sand and waves together. Each beach has its own ambiance that attracts a different crowd whether it's an adventure traveler looking to enjoy some water sports or a tourist looking to get a great tan.
Anse des Salines
If you are looking for that picture-perfect vision of white sand against the backdrop of clear blue skies, you’re probably thinking about Anse des Salines. You can expect to see a lot of street vendors selling everything from refreshments to handmade trinkets in addition to a variety of small restaurants. The picturesque white sandy beach draws large crowds so make sure you get there before noon to get a prime spot to sunbathe.
Diamant (Diamond) Beach, is the island’s most famous beach, known for its view of Diamond Rock and stunning white sand. Anytime you have come across a photo of Martinique, it has probably been taken on this beach. While the waters tend to be on the rougher side, this beach is ideal for fans of water sports like surfing or those interested in jogging along the water even you’ll still see beachgoers just laying in the sand.
This popular black sand beach is a must-see when traveling to Martinique. In addition to the scenic views with calm waters to take a swim, it is also one of the best spots on the island to go snorkeling or scuba diving with a boat dock for excursions. Because of its popularity, travelers tend to enjoy the beach more by boat but you can drive as well. Visitors should be prepared to navigate some steep steps if you're arriving to the beach by car.
If you are looking for crystal blue waters and a catch to see the marine life around the island, Anse Figuier is a must-see during your trip. You can also visit the eco-museum to learn more about the indigenous culture before the French colonization. The scenic beach is known to draw huge crowds so try to go on a regular weekday and avoid school holidays. It is also a great pick for families with children to enjoy the play area and beachside snack bars.
Anse Mitan is not only home to a beautiful beach but one of the best views on the island. Visitors will be able to see the coastline of the capital city of Fort-de-France on the water. It is also a great option for snorkeling for a chance to explore the island’s coral reefs and colorful fish that call it home. It is also a great nightlife option as it is close to a lot of bars with live music along with a chance to enjoy traditional Martinican food.
The laidback paradise of Anse Dufuor is known for its snorkeling experiences with sea turtles located on the southwest side of the island. While the tiny beach often sees sizable crowds, the view and location must it worth the visit. Expect to see a lot of boats lodged in the sand with instructors looking for beachgoers looking to take a snorkeling excursion. It’s also a great place to catch the sunset.
Petite Anse is just off the road heading to Diamant Beach that offers a quiet oasis away from all the noise. The best part of this beach is a quiet and calming atmosphere, ideal to sit back and read a book and relax by the water undisturbed. This is a great option for those looking for some beach time away from the crowds.
Imagine a place with brilliant blue waters and palm trees swaying in the wind; that's exactly what you'll find at Anse Michel. The quiet paradise is the ideal backdrop for any Instagram worthy photo to show your friends what they are missing out on when it comes to Martinique. It is also a great spot for kayaking and kitesurfing thanks to the shallow waters.
Grand Anse d'Arlet
This beach town is great if you are looking to sunbathe by the beach and enjoy a cocktail at one of the nearby restaurants and bars along the white sand. This is a good option for afternoon lunches with friends or as a chill spot to enjoy a sunset cocktail inside the charming town with an 18th-century church at its center. Grand Anse d’ Arlet also enjoys a convenient central location near a lot of hotels so you don’t have to worry about a long drive to reach other resorts and beaches.
If you want something a little more off the beaten path and away from large crowds of tourists, Anse Ceron is a remote black sand beach set in a tropical setting with lush greenery. It’s a great spot to get some quiet and take a nice walk along the water while on vacation. The stark contrast between the blue water and the black sand make for an Instagram worthy backdrop to capture to natural beauty of the island. You can even rest in one of the hammocks available and relax by the ocean.