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What to do in Martinique? 10 days itinerary

what to do in Martinique

What to do in Martinique ?

Visit Martinique in 10 days, it is possible! We suggest you to discover our itinerary to know what to do in Martinique during your trip in the Caribbean.


 

In order to pay off the plane ticket and the travel time, we advise you to plan at least 10 days to visit Martinique. All our tips and practical information (when to go, how to get around, budget) are at the end of the article – those in a hurry can click here.

Plane tickets are often very cheap, which makes Martinique a rather economical destination if you are looking for sun in the middle of winter! To compare flights, we always use Skyscanner because we get the best deals there.

10 days in Martinique

Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique

Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique

Martinique : the dangers

🐍 As in any tropical destination, there are some species considered as dangerous, such as snakes, mygales, and so on. However, we did not see any in 10 days.

☀️ Protect yourself from the sun during your trip to Martinique, it is often our worst ally.

🌳 BEWARE of the mancenilliers: they are very toxic trees, present on the Martinique coast. In contact with water, the sap of this tree becomes like acid and can burn you to the 3rd degree. Do not take shelter under a mancenilla tree during the rains. Do not eat its fruits (they look like green apples). Do not touch the leaves if you are sweating. Any contact between this tree and moisture is DANGEROUS. Generally, they are indicated by a large red line on the trunk (but not always). It was called by the settlers “the tree of death” and is listed in the book of records as the most dangerous tree in the world.

activities in Martinique

⚠️ It is not recommended to go out at night, late and alone, in Fort-de-France.


Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique

Organize your stay in Martinique

We hope that this itinerary has helped you in the organization of your trip. To finish this 10 day guide to Martinique, we give you all the practical information you need to know before you go.

Information to know before your trip to Martinique

When to go to Martinique ?

Historically, the island has two seasons:

  • the dry season, from December to April
  • the wet season, from June to November

According to the locals with whom we could exchange, the seasons have shifted since last year. They say that the dry season starts in February and ends in June. We left in December 2018 and experienced some rather heavy rains; but it was mostly sunny during this trip to Martinique. Carnival (in February) is, by all accounts, an unforgettable time! It is the most important festival there, so it is a very festive time in the villages.

How to get around in Martinique?

A car is essential to visit Martinique. You can compare prices and book the best car rental deals on Skyscanner.

road trip Martinique

10 days in Martinique : Budget

The budget below is according to our mode of travel in Martinique – that is to say an accommodation at Pierre & Vacances with kitchen which allowed us to avoid the meals outside (expensive in Martinique). We did not count the cost of the activities because it is specific to each one.

  • Plane : 830€ for 2 ppl
  • Accommodation : 1300€
  • Car Rental : 300€
  • Gasoline : 90€
  • Food : 220€

Total = 2 750€, 1 375€ per person for 10 days in Martinique

Martinique : the dangers

🐍 As in any tropical destination, there are some species considered as dangerous, such as snakes, mygales, and so on. However, we did not see any in 10 days.

☀️ Protect yourself from the sun during your trip to Martinique, it is often our worst ally.

🌳 BEWARE of the mancenilliers: they are very toxic trees, present on the Martinique coast. In contact with water, the sap of this tree becomes like acid and can burn you to the 3rd degree. Do not take shelter under a mancenilla tree during the rains. Do not eat its fruits (they look like green apples). Do not touch the leaves if you are sweating. Any contact between this tree and moisture is DANGEROUS. Generally, they are indicated by a large red line on the trunk (but not always). It was called by the settlers “the tree of death” and is listed in the book of records as the most dangerous tree in the world.

activities in Martinique

⚠️ It is not recommended to go out at night, late and alone, in Fort-de-France.


Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique

🌅Visit Fort-de-France 

For the end of the day, you can visit the capital of Martinique Fort-de-France, its downtown and its market. Drink a cocktail and watch the sunset at the rooftop bar Le Cloud.

Day 10 : end of the itinerary “what to do in Martinique”

🏝 Anse Grosse Roche

The specificity of this beach is its heart which is carved in the rock. Access from Cap Macré: 40 minutes walk round trip. There are not many people on this beach!

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par Village Créole Martinique (@villagecreole) le

🏖 Anse Michel

Our favorite beach, bordered by magnificent palm trees! The water is transparent and we have foot on several hundred meters.

We leave you the afternoon quiet, because it will be time to pack your bags and to recover from your emotions❤️.


Organize your stay in Martinique

We hope that this itinerary has helped you in the organization of your trip. To finish this 10 day guide to Martinique, we give you all the practical information you need to know before you go.

Information to know before your trip to Martinique

When to go to Martinique ?

Historically, the island has two seasons:

  • the dry season, from December to April
  • the wet season, from June to November

According to the locals with whom we could exchange, the seasons have shifted since last year. They say that the dry season starts in February and ends in June. We left in December 2018 and experienced some rather heavy rains; but it was mostly sunny during this trip to Martinique. Carnival (in February) is, by all accounts, an unforgettable time! It is the most important festival there, so it is a very festive time in the villages.

How to get around in Martinique?

A car is essential to visit Martinique. You can compare prices and book the best car rental deals on Skyscanner.

road trip Martinique

10 days in Martinique : Budget

The budget below is according to our mode of travel in Martinique – that is to say an accommodation at Pierre & Vacances with kitchen which allowed us to avoid the meals outside (expensive in Martinique). We did not count the cost of the activities because it is specific to each one.

  • Plane : 830€ for 2 ppl
  • Accommodation : 1300€
  • Car Rental : 300€
  • Gasoline : 90€
  • Food : 220€

Total = 2 750€, 1 375€ per person for 10 days in Martinique

Martinique : the dangers

🐍 As in any tropical destination, there are some species considered as dangerous, such as snakes, mygales, and so on. However, we did not see any in 10 days.

☀️ Protect yourself from the sun during your trip to Martinique, it is often our worst ally.

🌳 BEWARE of the mancenilliers: they are very toxic trees, present on the Martinique coast. In contact with water, the sap of this tree becomes like acid and can burn you to the 3rd degree. Do not take shelter under a mancenilla tree during the rains. Do not eat its fruits (they look like green apples). Do not touch the leaves if you are sweating. Any contact between this tree and moisture is DANGEROUS. Generally, they are indicated by a large red line on the trunk (but not always). It was called by the settlers “the tree of death” and is listed in the book of records as the most dangerous tree in the world.

activities in Martinique

⚠️ It is not recommended to go out at night, late and alone, in Fort-de-France.


Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique

Day 9 (inside the Jungle)

Cascades de Didier

The Cascades de Didier are amazing! It’s a must-see in Martinique. To reach it, you will have to park at the level of the station a little before the end of the road D45. Be careful, there is no signpost so do not take the wrong direction! The path to take is next to the “No Passing” sign, which you should ignore.

road trip Martinique

There are two waterfalls in Didier. The first one is 20 minutes away from the parking. Halfway there is a scary tunnel, where it is dark, with bats and snakes (thank God we do not see them): lamp or phone essential! At the end of the tunnel, go up the river on the right. The second waterfall is even more beautiful but more difficult to access: there are passages in the water so equip your shoes accordingly. We could not go there because we had not foreseen the water level up to our knees. Be careful if it rained, it was very slippery.

⏰ About 2h30-3h round trip if you do the two waterfalls.

road trip Martinique

🌺 The Garden of Balata

The Garden of Balata is represented by more than 3,000 species of plants. For the lovers of botany, it is thus the place dreamed! We confess that we expected better for the price, because the entrance is still 14€ per person. The view on the sea with the royal palms is still splendid. There is also a small tree walk in the style of accrobranche which is nice. The Jardin de Balata is open every day from 9am to 6pm. Between 45 minutes and two hours of visit (if you linger a lot on the plants).

road trip Martinique
road trip Martinique

🌅Visit Fort-de-France 

For the end of the day, you can visit the capital of Martinique Fort-de-France, its downtown and its market. Drink a cocktail and watch the sunset at the rooftop bar Le Cloud.

Day 10 : end of the itinerary “what to do in Martinique”

🏝 Anse Grosse Roche

The specificity of this beach is its heart which is carved in the rock. Access from Cap Macré: 40 minutes walk round trip. There are not many people on this beach!

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par Village Créole Martinique (@villagecreole) le

🏖 Anse Michel

Our favorite beach, bordered by magnificent palm trees! The water is transparent and we have foot on several hundred meters.

We leave you the afternoon quiet, because it will be time to pack your bags and to recover from your emotions❤️.


Organize your stay in Martinique

We hope that this itinerary has helped you in the organization of your trip. To finish this 10 day guide to Martinique, we give you all the practical information you need to know before you go.

Information to know before your trip to Martinique

When to go to Martinique ?

Historically, the island has two seasons:

  • the dry season, from December to April
  • the wet season, from June to November

According to the locals with whom we could exchange, the seasons have shifted since last year. They say that the dry season starts in February and ends in June. We left in December 2018 and experienced some rather heavy rains; but it was mostly sunny during this trip to Martinique. Carnival (in February) is, by all accounts, an unforgettable time! It is the most important festival there, so it is a very festive time in the villages.

How to get around in Martinique?

A car is essential to visit Martinique. You can compare prices and book the best car rental deals on Skyscanner.

road trip Martinique

10 days in Martinique : Budget

The budget below is according to our mode of travel in Martinique – that is to say an accommodation at Pierre & Vacances with kitchen which allowed us to avoid the meals outside (expensive in Martinique). We did not count the cost of the activities because it is specific to each one.

  • Plane : 830€ for 2 ppl
  • Accommodation : 1300€
  • Car Rental : 300€
  • Gasoline : 90€
  • Food : 220€

Total = 2 750€, 1 375€ per person for 10 days in Martinique

Martinique : the dangers

🐍 As in any tropical destination, there are some species considered as dangerous, such as snakes, mygales, and so on. However, we did not see any in 10 days.

☀️ Protect yourself from the sun during your trip to Martinique, it is often our worst ally.

🌳 BEWARE of the mancenilliers: they are very toxic trees, present on the Martinique coast. In contact with water, the sap of this tree becomes like acid and can burn you to the 3rd degree. Do not take shelter under a mancenilla tree during the rains. Do not eat its fruits (they look like green apples). Do not touch the leaves if you are sweating. Any contact between this tree and moisture is DANGEROUS. Generally, they are indicated by a large red line on the trunk (but not always). It was called by the settlers “the tree of death” and is listed in the book of records as the most dangerous tree in the world.

activities in Martinique

⚠️ It is not recommended to go out at night, late and alone, in Fort-de-France.


Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique

Day 7 (North of the island)

The North of Martinique is known to be more authentic and wilder than its southern part. Many hiking trails are present. The vegetation is luxuriant because the climate is more humid.

🌿 For the courageous and the sportsmen: sunrise at the top of the Pelee Mountain. It is the volcano, still active, in the north of Martinique.  The hike is 4 hours round trip, for 6 km with a positive difference in altitude of 700 m. It is advised to go there very early in the morning, because clouds often cling to the volcano. At the top, it is cold so bring a sweater! See the itinerary here.

🐬 For dolphin lovers: plan a boat trip to observe them. (On the condition that you do not do the mountain, otherwise it will be too tight in timing)

🏝 In the afternoon, go and relax on the Anse Couleuvre: a beautiful black sand beach, very wild! If you see a palm tree lying on old photos, don’t expect to see it because it has been decapitated. The Couleuvre cove is nevertheless beautiful.

💦 Couleuvre waterfall: the highest in Martinique. Keep your eyes open, mygales are often on the way! 1h30-2h round trip, 3 km.

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par Martin Fichez (@nautimages) le

Day 8 : travel itinerary in Martinique

⛵️Boat day of your choice: wonder, relaxation and aperitif are on the program!

We have tested two of them: more info on our article Top 5 activities in Martinique.

Catamaran day

Day 9 (inside the Jungle)

Cascades de Didier

The Cascades de Didier are amazing! It’s a must-see in Martinique. To reach it, you will have to park at the level of the station a little before the end of the road D45. Be careful, there is no signpost so do not take the wrong direction! The path to take is next to the “No Passing” sign, which you should ignore.

road trip Martinique

There are two waterfalls in Didier. The first one is 20 minutes away from the parking. Halfway there is a scary tunnel, where it is dark, with bats and snakes (thank God we do not see them): lamp or phone essential! At the end of the tunnel, go up the river on the right. The second waterfall is even more beautiful but more difficult to access: there are passages in the water so equip your shoes accordingly. We could not go there because we had not foreseen the water level up to our knees. Be careful if it rained, it was very slippery.

⏰ About 2h30-3h round trip if you do the two waterfalls.

road trip Martinique

🌺 The Garden of Balata

The Garden of Balata is represented by more than 3,000 species of plants. For the lovers of botany, it is thus the place dreamed! We confess that we expected better for the price, because the entrance is still 14€ per person. The view on the sea with the royal palms is still splendid. There is also a small tree walk in the style of accrobranche which is nice. The Jardin de Balata is open every day from 9am to 6pm. Between 45 minutes and two hours of visit (if you linger a lot on the plants).

road trip Martinique
road trip Martinique

🌅Visit Fort-de-France 

For the end of the day, you can visit the capital of Martinique Fort-de-France, its downtown and its market. Drink a cocktail and watch the sunset at the rooftop bar Le Cloud.

Day 10 : end of the itinerary “what to do in Martinique”

🏝 Anse Grosse Roche

The specificity of this beach is its heart which is carved in the rock. Access from Cap Macré: 40 minutes walk round trip. There are not many people on this beach!

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par Village Créole Martinique (@villagecreole) le

🏖 Anse Michel

Our favorite beach, bordered by magnificent palm trees! The water is transparent and we have foot on several hundred meters.

We leave you the afternoon quiet, because it will be time to pack your bags and to recover from your emotions❤️.


Organize your stay in Martinique

We hope that this itinerary has helped you in the organization of your trip. To finish this 10 day guide to Martinique, we give you all the practical information you need to know before you go.

Information to know before your trip to Martinique

When to go to Martinique ?

Historically, the island has two seasons:

  • the dry season, from December to April
  • the wet season, from June to November

According to the locals with whom we could exchange, the seasons have shifted since last year. They say that the dry season starts in February and ends in June. We left in December 2018 and experienced some rather heavy rains; but it was mostly sunny during this trip to Martinique. Carnival (in February) is, by all accounts, an unforgettable time! It is the most important festival there, so it is a very festive time in the villages.

How to get around in Martinique?

A car is essential to visit Martinique. You can compare prices and book the best car rental deals on Skyscanner.

road trip Martinique

10 days in Martinique : Budget

The budget below is according to our mode of travel in Martinique – that is to say an accommodation at Pierre & Vacances with kitchen which allowed us to avoid the meals outside (expensive in Martinique). We did not count the cost of the activities because it is specific to each one.

  • Plane : 830€ for 2 ppl
  • Accommodation : 1300€
  • Car Rental : 300€
  • Gasoline : 90€
  • Food : 220€

Total = 2 750€, 1 375€ per person for 10 days in Martinique

Martinique : the dangers

🐍 As in any tropical destination, there are some species considered as dangerous, such as snakes, mygales, and so on. However, we did not see any in 10 days.

☀️ Protect yourself from the sun during your trip to Martinique, it is often our worst ally.

🌳 BEWARE of the mancenilliers: they are very toxic trees, present on the Martinique coast. In contact with water, the sap of this tree becomes like acid and can burn you to the 3rd degree. Do not take shelter under a mancenilla tree during the rains. Do not eat its fruits (they look like green apples). Do not touch the leaves if you are sweating. Any contact between this tree and moisture is DANGEROUS. Generally, they are indicated by a large red line on the trunk (but not always). It was called by the settlers “the tree of death” and is listed in the book of records as the most dangerous tree in the world.

activities in Martinique

⚠️ It is not recommended to go out at night, late and alone, in Fort-de-France.


Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique

Day 6 (South-West)

🌱 Hike to Morne Larcher (Commune du Diamant)

You will climb on the Morne Larcher, an ancient volcano whose summit is located at 478 meters of altitude. It is the famous relief that the Martiniqueans call the “femme couchée”. When you see it from far, a silhouette of a woman lying down can be distinguished; we frankly had difficulty to notice it.

The departure is made from the Anse Caffard – Rather rough hike: it climbs dry but the sight at the top is superb! To avoid by day of rain because that slips. To be done in the morning so as not to be too hot!

⏰ 4 km – 400 m of difference in altitude – 2 hours approximately.

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par 🅵🆁🅰🅽🅺 🆆🅾🆆🅾 (@wooooo.972) le

Visit of the Cap 110 Memorial 

The Cap 110 Memorial is also called Caffard Cove Memorial. It was created in honor of the victims of a terrible accident. A ship carrying Guinean slaves was wrecked. The whole story is indicated on the panels of the memorial, we invite you to read them.

🌅Sunset at Grande Anse du Diamant

The Grande Anse du Diamant is the perfect spot to watch the sunset! Park your car at the parking lot n°6. Nearby you will find the magnificent palm trees. 😍

(c) Photographer – Marie Brion

Day 7 (North of the island)

The North of Martinique is known to be more authentic and wilder than its southern part. Many hiking trails are present. The vegetation is luxuriant because the climate is more humid.

🌿 For the courageous and the sportsmen: sunrise at the top of the Pelee Mountain. It is the volcano, still active, in the north of Martinique.  The hike is 4 hours round trip, for 6 km with a positive difference in altitude of 700 m. It is advised to go there very early in the morning, because clouds often cling to the volcano. At the top, it is cold so bring a sweater! See the itinerary here.

🐬 For dolphin lovers: plan a boat trip to observe them. (On the condition that you do not do the mountain, otherwise it will be too tight in timing)

🏝 In the afternoon, go and relax on the Anse Couleuvre: a beautiful black sand beach, very wild! If you see a palm tree lying on old photos, don’t expect to see it because it has been decapitated. The Couleuvre cove is nevertheless beautiful.

💦 Couleuvre waterfall: the highest in Martinique. Keep your eyes open, mygales are often on the way! 1h30-2h round trip, 3 km.

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par Martin Fichez (@nautimages) le

Day 8 : travel itinerary in Martinique

⛵️Boat day of your choice: wonder, relaxation and aperitif are on the program!

We have tested two of them: more info on our article Top 5 activities in Martinique.

Catamaran day

Day 9 (inside the Jungle)

Cascades de Didier

The Cascades de Didier are amazing! It’s a must-see in Martinique. To reach it, you will have to park at the level of the station a little before the end of the road D45. Be careful, there is no signpost so do not take the wrong direction! The path to take is next to the “No Passing” sign, which you should ignore.

road trip Martinique

There are two waterfalls in Didier. The first one is 20 minutes away from the parking. Halfway there is a scary tunnel, where it is dark, with bats and snakes (thank God we do not see them): lamp or phone essential! At the end of the tunnel, go up the river on the right. The second waterfall is even more beautiful but more difficult to access: there are passages in the water so equip your shoes accordingly. We could not go there because we had not foreseen the water level up to our knees. Be careful if it rained, it was very slippery.

⏰ About 2h30-3h round trip if you do the two waterfalls.

road trip Martinique

🌺 The Garden of Balata

The Garden of Balata is represented by more than 3,000 species of plants. For the lovers of botany, it is thus the place dreamed! We confess that we expected better for the price, because the entrance is still 14€ per person. The view on the sea with the royal palms is still splendid. There is also a small tree walk in the style of accrobranche which is nice. The Jardin de Balata is open every day from 9am to 6pm. Between 45 minutes and two hours of visit (if you linger a lot on the plants).

road trip Martinique
road trip Martinique

🌅Visit Fort-de-France 

For the end of the day, you can visit the capital of Martinique Fort-de-France, its downtown and its market. Drink a cocktail and watch the sunset at the rooftop bar Le Cloud.

Day 10 : end of the itinerary “what to do in Martinique”

🏝 Anse Grosse Roche

The specificity of this beach is its heart which is carved in the rock. Access from Cap Macré: 40 minutes walk round trip. There are not many people on this beach!

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par Village Créole Martinique (@villagecreole) le

🏖 Anse Michel

Our favorite beach, bordered by magnificent palm trees! The water is transparent and we have foot on several hundred meters.

We leave you the afternoon quiet, because it will be time to pack your bags and to recover from your emotions❤️.


Organize your stay in Martinique

We hope that this itinerary has helped you in the organization of your trip. To finish this 10 day guide to Martinique, we give you all the practical information you need to know before you go.

Information to know before your trip to Martinique

When to go to Martinique ?

Historically, the island has two seasons:

  • the dry season, from December to April
  • the wet season, from June to November

According to the locals with whom we could exchange, the seasons have shifted since last year. They say that the dry season starts in February and ends in June. We left in December 2018 and experienced some rather heavy rains; but it was mostly sunny during this trip to Martinique. Carnival (in February) is, by all accounts, an unforgettable time! It is the most important festival there, so it is a very festive time in the villages.

How to get around in Martinique?

A car is essential to visit Martinique. You can compare prices and book the best car rental deals on Skyscanner.

road trip Martinique

10 days in Martinique : Budget

The budget below is according to our mode of travel in Martinique – that is to say an accommodation at Pierre & Vacances with kitchen which allowed us to avoid the meals outside (expensive in Martinique). We did not count the cost of the activities because it is specific to each one.

  • Plane : 830€ for 2 ppl
  • Accommodation : 1300€
  • Car Rental : 300€
  • Gasoline : 90€
  • Food : 220€

Total = 2 750€, 1 375€ per person for 10 days in Martinique

Martinique : the dangers

🐍 As in any tropical destination, there are some species considered as dangerous, such as snakes, mygales, and so on. However, we did not see any in 10 days.

☀️ Protect yourself from the sun during your trip to Martinique, it is often our worst ally.

🌳 BEWARE of the mancenilliers: they are very toxic trees, present on the Martinique coast. In contact with water, the sap of this tree becomes like acid and can burn you to the 3rd degree. Do not take shelter under a mancenilla tree during the rains. Do not eat its fruits (they look like green apples). Do not touch the leaves if you are sweating. Any contact between this tree and moisture is DANGEROUS. Generally, they are indicated by a large red line on the trunk (but not always). It was called by the settlers “the tree of death” and is listed in the book of records as the most dangerous tree in the world.

activities in Martinique

⚠️ It is not recommended to go out at night, late and alone, in Fort-de-France.


Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique
  • Go and admire the surfers’ beach: Anse Bonneville in Tartane. The ideal place to practice or learn surfing in Martinique

🍹 On your way back to the South, visit and taste the rum of the distillery of the Habitation Clément (in moderation for the drivers)!

Day 4 (South)

🐢 Anse Dufour to swim with the turtles. Go in the morning so you do not have to swim with 25 people! You will have the turtles to yourself. Very important, swim with them yes but with respect. Do not try to touch them. Let them breathe if they want to. YOU are entering their natural habitat, so they must be allowed to live quietly. We went twice and saw turtles both times. It is an absolutely beautiful moment.

🏖 Anse Noire is located a few minutes walk from Anse Dufour. It is the only black sand beach in the south of Martinique. It seems that turtles come to lay their eggs on this beach, that is why they are numerous on this sector! So, you may have the chance to see them near this beach too. Between Anse Noire and Anse Dufour is located “the Y point“. It is a spot to jump with crystal clear water! You can reach it by foot. 

anses d'Arles martinique

🏝 Go to Trois Ilets and Pointe du Bout. Many expatriates live there. There are very nice beaches, stores and restaurants!

excursion quad martinique

Natural swimming pool in Trois Ilets

 

Day 5 (South West : what to do in Martinique)

 🏖 Day at Anses d’Arlet:

  • Visit of the small village
  • Visit of the church with the nice view from the pontoon
  • Pedal boat activity at the Grande Anse d’Arlet (more info on our article Top 5 activities in Martinique LIEN)
  • Drink/eat at Ti Sable restaurant
  • Petite Anse d’Arlet
  • Anse Chaudière

anses d'Arles martinique

Day 6 (South-West)

🌱 Hike to Morne Larcher (Commune du Diamant)

You will climb on the Morne Larcher, an ancient volcano whose summit is located at 478 meters of altitude. It is the famous relief that the Martiniqueans call the “femme couchée”. When you see it from far, a silhouette of a woman lying down can be distinguished; we frankly had difficulty to notice it.

The departure is made from the Anse Caffard – Rather rough hike: it climbs dry but the sight at the top is superb! To avoid by day of rain because that slips. To be done in the morning so as not to be too hot!

⏰ 4 km – 400 m of difference in altitude – 2 hours approximately.

 
 
 
 
 
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Visit of the Cap 110 Memorial 

The Cap 110 Memorial is also called Caffard Cove Memorial. It was created in honor of the victims of a terrible accident. A ship carrying Guinean slaves was wrecked. The whole story is indicated on the panels of the memorial, we invite you to read them.

🌅Sunset at Grande Anse du Diamant

The Grande Anse du Diamant is the perfect spot to watch the sunset! Park your car at the parking lot n°6. Nearby you will find the magnificent palm trees. 😍

(c) Photographer – Marie Brion

Day 7 (North of the island)

The North of Martinique is known to be more authentic and wilder than its southern part. Many hiking trails are present. The vegetation is luxuriant because the climate is more humid.

🌿 For the courageous and the sportsmen: sunrise at the top of the Pelee Mountain. It is the volcano, still active, in the north of Martinique.  The hike is 4 hours round trip, for 6 km with a positive difference in altitude of 700 m. It is advised to go there very early in the morning, because clouds often cling to the volcano. At the top, it is cold so bring a sweater! See the itinerary here.

🐬 For dolphin lovers: plan a boat trip to observe them. (On the condition that you do not do the mountain, otherwise it will be too tight in timing)

🏝 In the afternoon, go and relax on the Anse Couleuvre: a beautiful black sand beach, very wild! If you see a palm tree lying on old photos, don’t expect to see it because it has been decapitated. The Couleuvre cove is nevertheless beautiful.

💦 Couleuvre waterfall: the highest in Martinique. Keep your eyes open, mygales are often on the way! 1h30-2h round trip, 3 km.

 
 
 
 
 
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Day 8 : travel itinerary in Martinique

⛵️Boat day of your choice: wonder, relaxation and aperitif are on the program!

We have tested two of them: more info on our article Top 5 activities in Martinique.

Catamaran day

Day 9 (inside the Jungle)

Cascades de Didier

The Cascades de Didier are amazing! It’s a must-see in Martinique. To reach it, you will have to park at the level of the station a little before the end of the road D45. Be careful, there is no signpost so do not take the wrong direction! The path to take is next to the “No Passing” sign, which you should ignore.

road trip Martinique

There are two waterfalls in Didier. The first one is 20 minutes away from the parking. Halfway there is a scary tunnel, where it is dark, with bats and snakes (thank God we do not see them): lamp or phone essential! At the end of the tunnel, go up the river on the right. The second waterfall is even more beautiful but more difficult to access: there are passages in the water so equip your shoes accordingly. We could not go there because we had not foreseen the water level up to our knees. Be careful if it rained, it was very slippery.

⏰ About 2h30-3h round trip if you do the two waterfalls.

road trip Martinique

🌺 The Garden of Balata

The Garden of Balata is represented by more than 3,000 species of plants. For the lovers of botany, it is thus the place dreamed! We confess that we expected better for the price, because the entrance is still 14€ per person. The view on the sea with the royal palms is still splendid. There is also a small tree walk in the style of accrobranche which is nice. The Jardin de Balata is open every day from 9am to 6pm. Between 45 minutes and two hours of visit (if you linger a lot on the plants).

road trip Martinique
road trip Martinique

🌅Visit Fort-de-France 

For the end of the day, you can visit the capital of Martinique Fort-de-France, its downtown and its market. Drink a cocktail and watch the sunset at the rooftop bar Le Cloud.

Day 10 : end of the itinerary “what to do in Martinique”

🏝 Anse Grosse Roche

The specificity of this beach is its heart which is carved in the rock. Access from Cap Macré: 40 minutes walk round trip. There are not many people on this beach!

 
 
 
 
 
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🏖 Anse Michel

Our favorite beach, bordered by magnificent palm trees! The water is transparent and we have foot on several hundred meters.

We leave you the afternoon quiet, because it will be time to pack your bags and to recover from your emotions❤️.


Organize your stay in Martinique

We hope that this itinerary has helped you in the organization of your trip. To finish this 10 day guide to Martinique, we give you all the practical information you need to know before you go.

Information to know before your trip to Martinique

When to go to Martinique ?

Historically, the island has two seasons:

  • the dry season, from December to April
  • the wet season, from June to November

According to the locals with whom we could exchange, the seasons have shifted since last year. They say that the dry season starts in February and ends in June. We left in December 2018 and experienced some rather heavy rains; but it was mostly sunny during this trip to Martinique. Carnival (in February) is, by all accounts, an unforgettable time! It is the most important festival there, so it is a very festive time in the villages.

How to get around in Martinique?

A car is essential to visit Martinique. You can compare prices and book the best car rental deals on Skyscanner.

road trip Martinique

10 days in Martinique : Budget

The budget below is according to our mode of travel in Martinique – that is to say an accommodation at Pierre & Vacances with kitchen which allowed us to avoid the meals outside (expensive in Martinique). We did not count the cost of the activities because it is specific to each one.

  • Plane : 830€ for 2 ppl
  • Accommodation : 1300€
  • Car Rental : 300€
  • Gasoline : 90€
  • Food : 220€

Total = 2 750€, 1 375€ per person for 10 days in Martinique

Martinique : the dangers

🐍 As in any tropical destination, there are some species considered as dangerous, such as snakes, mygales, and so on. However, we did not see any in 10 days.

☀️ Protect yourself from the sun during your trip to Martinique, it is often our worst ally.

🌳 BEWARE of the mancenilliers: they are very toxic trees, present on the Martinique coast. In contact with water, the sap of this tree becomes like acid and can burn you to the 3rd degree. Do not take shelter under a mancenilla tree during the rains. Do not eat its fruits (they look like green apples). Do not touch the leaves if you are sweating. Any contact between this tree and moisture is DANGEROUS. Generally, they are indicated by a large red line on the trunk (but not always). It was called by the settlers “the tree of death” and is listed in the book of records as the most dangerous tree in the world.

activities in Martinique

⚠️ It is not recommended to go out at night, late and alone, in Fort-de-France.


Guadeloupe VS Martinique ?

Many of you have told us that you hesitate between Guadeloupe and Martinique. What are the differences between these two destinations ? We will not hide you that they are rather similar. The ideal is to do both once in your life to make your own idea ! For the beauty of the beaches, we prefer Martinique. There are many more beautiful beaches and lots of ilets ! For the rest, we choose Guadeloupe on the diversity of the landscapes and the cities which are better arranged / nicer to live in according to us.

💌 Discover our Guadeloupe Travel Guide

activities in Martinique
  • Go and admire the surfers’ beach: Anse Bonneville in Tartane. The ideal place to practice or learn surfing in Martinique

🍹 On your way back to the South, visit and taste the rum of the distillery of the Habitation Clément (in moderation for the drivers)!

Day 4 (South)

🐢 Anse Dufour to swim with the turtles. Go in the morning so you do not have to swim with 25 people! You will have the turtles to yourself. Very important, swim with them yes but with respect. Do not try to touch them. Let them breathe if they want to. YOU are entering their natural habitat, so they must be allowed to live quietly. We went twice and saw turtles both times. It is an absolutely beautiful moment.

🏖 Anse Noire is located a few minutes walk from Anse Dufour. It is the only black sand beach in the south of Martinique. It seems that turtles come to lay their eggs on this beach, that is why they are numerous on this sector! So, you may have the chance to see them near this beach too. Between Anse Noire and Anse Dufour is located “the Y point“. It is a spot to jump with crystal clear water! You can reach it by foot. 

anses d'Arles martinique

🏝 Go to Trois Ilets and Pointe du Bout. Many expatriates live there. There are very nice beaches, stores and restaurants!

excursion quad martinique

Natural swimming pool in Trois Ilets

 

Day 5 (South West : what to do in Martinique)

 🏖 Day at Anses d’Arlet:

  • Visit of the small village
  • Visit of the church with the nice view from the pontoon
  • Pedal boat activity at the Grande Anse d’Arlet (more info on our article Top 5 activities in Martinique LIEN)
  • Drink/eat at Ti Sable restaurant
  • Petite Anse d’Arlet
  • Anse Chaudière

anses d'Arles martinique

Day 6 (South-West)

🌱 Hike to Morne Larcher (Commune du Diamant)

You will climb on the Morne Larcher, an ancient volcano whose summit is located at 478 meters of altitude. It is the famous relief that the Martiniqueans call the “femme couchée”. When you see it from far, a silhouette of a woman lying down can be distinguished; we frankly had difficulty to notice it.

The departure is made from the Anse Caffard – Rather rough hike: it climbs dry but the sight at the top is superb! To avoid by day of rain because that slips. To be done in the morning so as not to be too hot!

⏰ 4 km – 400 m of difference in altitude – 2 hours approximately.

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par 🅵🆁🅰🅽🅺 🆆🅾🆆🅾 (@wooooo.972) le

Visit of the Cap 110 Memorial 

The Cap 110 Memorial is also called Caffard Cove Memorial. It was created in honor of the victims of a terrible accident. A ship carrying Guinean slaves was wrecked. The whole story is indicated on the panels of the memorial, we invite you to read them.

🌅Sunset at Grande Anse du Diamant

The Grande Anse du Diamant is the perfect spot to watch the sunset! Park your car at the parking lot n°6. Nearby you will find the magnificent palm trees. 😍

(c) Photographer – Marie Brion

Day 7 (North of the island)

The North of Martinique is known to be more authentic and wilder than its southern part. Many hiking trails are present. The vegetation is luxuriant because the climate is more humid.

🌿 For the courageous and the sportsmen: sunrise at the top of the Pelee Mountain. It is the volcano, still active, in the north of Martinique.  The hike is 4 hours round trip, for 6 km with a positive difference in altitude of 700 m. It is advised to go there very early in the morning, because clouds often cling to the volcano. At the top, it is cold so bring a sweater! See the itinerary here.

🐬 For dolphin lovers: plan a boat trip to observe them. (On the condition that you do not do the mountain, otherwise it will be too tight in timing)

🏝 In the afternoon, go and relax on the Anse Couleuvre: a beautiful black sand beach, very wild! If you see a palm tree lying on old photos, don’t expect to see it because it has been decapitated. The Couleuvre cove is nevertheless beautiful.

💦 Couleuvre waterfall: the highest in Martinique. Keep your eyes open, mygales are often on the way! 1h30-2h round trip, 3 km.

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par Martin Fichez (@nautimages) le

Day 8 : travel itinerary in Martinique

⛵️Boat day of your choice: wonder, relaxation and aperitif are on the program!

We have tested two of them: more info on our article Top 5 activities in Martinique.

Catamaran day

Day 9 (inside the Jungle)

Cascades de Didier

The Cascades de Didier are amazing! It’s a must-see in Martinique. To reach it, you will have to park at the level of the station a little before the end of the road D45. Be careful, there is no signpost so do not take the wrong direction! The path to take is next to the “No Passing” sign, which you should ignore.

road trip Martinique

There are two waterfalls in Didier. The first one is 20 minutes away from the parking. Halfway there is a scary tunnel, where it is dark, with bats and snakes (thank God we do not see them): lamp or phone essential! At the end of the tunnel, go up the river on the right. The second waterfall is even more beautiful but more difficult to access: there are passages in the water so equip your shoes accordingly. We could not go there because we had not foreseen the water level up to our knees. Be careful if it rained, it was very slippery.

⏰ About 2h30-3h round trip if you do the two waterfalls.

road trip Martinique

🌺 The Garden of Balata

The Garden of Balata is represented by more than 3,000 species of plants. For the lovers of botany, it is thus the place dreamed! We confess that we expected better for the price, because the entrance is still 14€ per person. The view on the sea with the royal palms is still splendid. There is also a small tree walk in the style of accrobranche which is nice. The Jardin de Balata is open every day from 9am to 6pm. Between 45 minutes and two hours of visit (if you linger a lot on the plants).

road trip Martinique
road trip Martinique

🌅Visit Fort-de-France 

For the end of the day, you can visit the capital of Martinique Fort-de-France, its downtown and its market. Drink a cocktail and watch the sunset at the rooftop bar Le Cloud.

Day 10 : end of the itinerary “what to do in Martinique”

🏝 Anse Grosse Roche

The specificity of this beach is its heart which is carved in the rock. Access from Cap Macré: 40 minutes walk round trip. There are not many people on this beach!

 
 
 
 
 
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Une publication partagée par Village Créole Martinique (@villagecreole) le

🏖 Anse Michel

Our favorite beach, bordered by magnificent palm trees! The water is transparent and we have foot on several hundred meters.

We leave you the afternoon quiet, because it will be time to pack your bags and to recover from your emotions❤️.


Organize your stay in Martinique

We hope that this itinerary has helped you in the organization of your trip. To finish this 10 day guide to Martinique, we give you all the practical information you need to know before you go.

Information to know before your trip to Martinique

When to go to Martinique ?

Historically, the island has two seasons:

  • the dry season, from December to April
  • the wet season, from June to November

According to the locals with whom we could exchange, the seasons have shifted since last year. They say that the dry season starts in February and ends in June. We left in December 2018 and experienced some rather heavy rains; but it was mostly sunny during this trip to Martinique. Carnival (in February) is, by all accounts, an unforgettable time! It is the most important festival there, so it is a very festive time in the villages.

How to get around in Martinique?

A car is essential to visit Martinique. You can compare prices and book the best car rental deals on Skyscanner.

road trip Martinique