Martinique Island is worth for beach lovers and for honeymooners who want to spend their beautiful romantic moments on the beautiful beaches. On the southern Caribbean coast Anse Corps de Garde is one of the island’s best long stretches of white sand. The public beach has picnic tables, restrooms, sea grape trees (which offer some shade), and crowds on weekends, when you’ll also usually find plenty of wandering food vendors and the litter that follow them. During the week, the beach is much less busy, usually just with a few tourist and some local kids after school. The water is calm, with just enough wave action to remind you it’s the sea. There are no beach-chair rentals. From Fort-de-France, exit to the right before you get to the town of Ste-Luce.
Anse Tartane beach is on the wild side of the Presqu’île du Caravelle. Ungroomed and in a fairly natural state, it’s what the French call a sauvage beach. The only people you are likely to see are brave surfers who ride the high waves or some local families. Bliss, the surf school here, has taught many kids. Résidence Oceane looks down on all of this action; it doesn’t have a restaurant, but you can get a drink.
Diamant Beach is thehe island’s longest beach has a splendid view of Diamond Rock, but the Atlantic waters are rough, with lots of wave action—it’s not known as a surfers’ beach, though. Diamant is often deserted, especially midweek, which is more reason to be careful if you do go swimming. The sand is black here, and it is an experience to snorkel above it. Happily, it’s a great place for picnicking and beachcombing; there are shade trees aplenty, and parking is abundant and free. The hospitable, family-run Diamant les Bains hotel is a good lunch spot; if you eat lunch there, the management may let you wash off in the pool overlooking the beach.
Les Salines beach is a cove lined with soft white sand and coconut palms. The beach is awash with families and children during holidays and on weekends, but quiet during the week. The far end—away from the makeshift souvenir shops—is most appealing. The calm waters are safe for swimming, even for the kids. You can snorkel, but it’s not that memorable. Food vendors roam the sand, and there are also pizza stands and simple seafood restaurants.