Soak up the sun

Finding a little slice of paradise is easy in Martinique, with the coast accessible all over the island and beaches open to the public year-round.

In the south, the Caribbean shores are postcard-perfect, with long stretches of white sand lapped by calm blue waters.

The Atlantic side is just as seductive, with many secluded bays ringed by palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze.

Meanwhile, the northern coastline has a character all its own, with swaths of black volcanic sand against a backdrop of lush green mountains.

Since Martinique’s entire coastline is gloriously undeveloped, its beaches retain their wild beauty, and it’s possible to lay down a towel and while away the hours with hardly another soul in sight. Still, many swimming areas are conveniently equipped with some facilities, including casual restaurants and snack bars for lunching on local specialties and sipping cocktails at sunset.

Martinique’s beaches have lots to offer beyond swimming and sunbathing, and those looking to get out on the water have a wealth of options: surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and flyboarding are all popular, with lessons and gear rental available around the island. Travellers can also wind their way through the extraordinary mangroves in a kayak or sail the sea with an experienced crew on a yole, a type of boat unique to Martinique.