Top Things to Do in Martinique

What to See and Do in Martinique
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Martinique Tourism Authority

Being a Caribbean-American, I love discovering the cultural similarities and differences between the islands. I’ve visited former SpanishDutch, and (of course) British territories and recently found interest in the French Caribbean. My cousin and I recently found a flight deal and decided we will be traveling to Martinique to celebrate my birthday weekend. If you have interest in visiting the French Caribbean, here are some of the top things to do in Martinique.

Top Things to Do in Martinique - Diamond Beach

About Martinique

Martinique is a French territory located in the Lesser Antilles between the islands of Dominica and St. Lucia. It is a small island rich in history and offers a little bit of everything for groups, families, adventure seekers, lovers, and solo travelers. Here are a few fun facts about the island:

  • 2/3 of the island is protected parkland
  • Temperatures average at about 79 F
  • Napoleon’s wife Joséphine was born in Les Trois-Ilets
  • There are over 6000+ accommodation options for budget, moderate or luxury travelers
  • You can visit via plane, cruise ship or ferry from neighboring islands Guadeloupe, Dominica and St. Lucia

Top things to do in Martinique

It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting for a beach, adventure or cultural experience. Martinique has something for everyone. Below are some of the top things to do in Martinique.

  1. Visit Historic Sites and Museums
    • Le Memorial de L’Anse Cafard – A slave memorial facing Diamond Beach and the Caribbean Sea. This site commemorates an event in 1830 when a slave ship careened into Martinique’s Diamond Rock Mountain, killing many of the passengers.
    • La Savane des Esclaves – Located in Trois-Ilets, La Savane des Esclaves or (Slave Savannah) is a renovated village sharing the history and traditions of Martinique.
    • Habitation Clement – A historical landmark and one of the oldest plantations in the Caribbean. This site includes a house, gardens, and distillery.
  2. Explore Jardin de Balata – Designed by Jean-Philippe Thoze, Jardin de Balata is located about 6 miles from the capital Fort de France. A visit to Jardin de Balata is one of the #1 things to do in Martinique and contains more than 3000 variations of plants from around the world.
  3. Relax at the Beach – A visit to a Caribbean island wouldn’t be complete without a beach day. Les Salines Beach is most famous for its white sand and calm waters.
  4. Hike up Mount Pelée – The highest point of the island, Mount Pelée is an active volcano. The hike is said to be the best if you start early.
  5. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling -Martinique has some of the best diving spots in the Caribbean. Renowned sites for scuba diving are Diamond Rock and Anse Dufour

Top Things to Do in Martinique - Le Memorial de L'Anse Cafard

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Top Things to Do in Martinique

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25 thoughts on “Top Things to Do in Martinique

  1. Rob

    The gardens and diving would be at the top of my list. We’ve only just started exploring the Caribbean and Martinique in on our list!

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    1. Joanna E

      I’m not much of a diver, but I’d definitely do some snorkeling. I love the Caribbean. It literally feels like home to me.

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  2. Amy

    Martinique is such a dreamy destination, the photos remind me a lot of Hawaii, which is a favorite destination of ours. While I absolutely love days spent on a Caribbean beach, I appreciate that there is so much more to offer such as hiking and history. We would love to experience it for ourselves someday!

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks, Amy! My cousin is not much for the hiking, but I can’t wait to learn about the history and eat the food! I’m a lover of French cuisine and everyone I know that has been says it is amazing.

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  3. Kay

    I visited there last year and loved it! We grabbed a great deal from DC during one of the snow days and ended up having a ball. I went with two of my girls and though I don’t speak French, it felt oddly refreshing to be in a place where I didn’t worry about what people were saying . I loved the food and the spin on things and we LOVED Lily’s Beach Bar because 1) the food was amazing 2)drinks were great) 3) right on the beach. I would def go back but would take a translation guide with me next time!

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    1. Joanna E

      I’m soo looking forward to the food. This is great information. I’ll definitely be bringing a translation guide. Thanks!

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  4. Malikah

    Must add to my list!!!

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    1. Joanna E

      I hope you get to go. I’m counting down the days!

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  5. Raven

    Gorgeous!!! Definitely on my list of places to visit!

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  6. Shanelle

    Now I want to go! Looks like a beautiful place to visit.#BLMgirls

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  7. Racheal

    Martinique is definitely on my list. I absolutely love exploring new islands myself. Thank you for sharing this post.

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    1. Joanna E

      No problem Racheal. I hope you get to visit.

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  8. Christian S.

    OMG!!! This sounds like a hidden gem!! I’d love to visit one day. It also sounds really affordable!

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    1. Joanna E

      Exactly! A friend of mine went a few years ago and went island hopping to Guadalupe too. He said it was a wonderful experience.

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  9. DShaunte

    Martinique is now on my bucketlist, this place looks amazing!

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  10. L.C. @ A Life of Authenticity

    I forgot about Martinique! A friend of mine was looking for places to go in the Caribbean for spring break. This would have been a great suggestion. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Joanna E

      It’s a little gem. The more I research things to do, the more excited I am to go. 🙂

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  11. cleverlychanging

    I have a love for the Caribbean and Martinique is no different. I would also like to visit the museums you mentioned: Le Memorial de L’Anse Cafard, La Savane des Esclaves, and Musse de la Pagerie.

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    1. Joanna E

      Yes. I always seem to find myself in the historical district wherever I go.

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  12. Anitra | The Mom on the Move

    I’m getting my passport this year to add international travel to my list. Martinique sounds like a good, affordable destinationto add!

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    1. Joanna E

      How exciting! I’m really pumped to go.

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  13. Hannah Lukaszewicz

    I just cruised by Martinique 2 weeks ago. Sadly we didn’t stop as we stopped in Dominica & St Lucia instead. I think I need to head back after ready this post.

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    1. Joanna E

      I definitely want to island hop on my next trip. I’ve heard great things about Dominica and St Lucia

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  14. Lauren

    I’m actually very interested in Martinique. I’ve heard good things. Can’t wait to see how your trip goes.

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    1. Joanna E

      I literally just came back yesterday. It was amazing. The only thing that was somewhat difficult was the language, but I had google translate. There is a tribe member that is down there. Our trip was short so he wasn’t available, but everyone says good things.

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