MARTINIQUE: In Search of Greener Paths...The Caribbean is Just as Green as it is Blue!
Written By JÉRÉMIE GABOURG | This post was read 1018 times
Travel keeps me sane too! When fellow friend and explorer Jenn invited me to contribute to this blog it was obvious my first post would be about my last trip to Martinique, where l returned with my friend Nadia last December. I am originally from Martinique, but call Montréal home now. So this post really is special for me as I am sharing how I reconnected with my country; and it’s easy for me to write this and for you to trust me.
On an island blessed with year-round summer and just enough rain to remain green, you quickly realize green is a colour we should celebrate more often when travelling. So enough with the blue, blue seas, deep blue oceans, and forget all the water you’re surrounded by for change. Lets go green on your next trip to the Caribbean - and put on some neon green shoes! Be bold in your quest for a ‘greener’ path and what better way than hiking to connect with the green side of any place?
Before I go on, don’t miss out on my additional suggestions after the photos!
THE HIKES WE DID......
MORNE LARCHER (Larcher Hill)
Walking down the other side of the hill to Anses D'Arlet
He wasn't quite sure what to do, neither were we!
PRESQU'ÎLE DE LA CARAVELLE (Caravelle Peninsula)
Heading to the Caravelle Peninsula trail head, located near the town of Tartane
Heading to the Caravelle Peninsula trail head, located near the town of Tartane Caravelle Lighthouse - was erected in 1862, and offers the most incredible panoramic view of the peninsula
Caravelle Lighthouse - was erected in 1862, and offers the most incredible panoramic view of the peninsula View from the Caravelle Lighthouse lookout View from the Caravelle Lighthouse lookout
View from the Caravelle Lighthouse lookout Martinique's Easternmost location, this section of the peninsula is very windy. A light straw hat wasn't the best idea. Martinique's Easternmost location, this section of the peninsula is very windy. A light straw hat wasn't the best idea. Caravelle Peninsula Caravelle Peninsula
Off we go. But first......
ADDITIONAL HIKE SUGGESTIONS......
There is a myriad of trails available, and it’s tricky to pick just 4. So I chose the experiences that are the most specific to Martinique and my search for ‘greener paths’.
TRACE DES JÉSUITES
GRAND RIVIÈRE TO ANSE-COULEUVRE
SAVANE DES PÉTRIFICATIONS
Moments like this call for one of three things: a smart phone for pictures, a lightweight camera, or complete solitude and so you might leave your man made devices behind (but let someone know you’ll be soul searching to be safe).
MARTINIQUE IN A NUTSHELL
ATTRACTIONS & LANDMARKS
Martinique's Northern half, the Caribbean side
MONTAGNE PELÉE, THE SLEEPING
OTHER NORTHERN GEMS
Montagne Pelée Anse Turin is the town of Carbet's most popular beach. Stop at La Cabane du Pêcheur restaurant for an authentic meal for lunch or dinner, while your feet sift through the sand.
The further north you go, the darker the volcanic sand gets.
The further north you go, the darker the volcanic sand gets. Anse Céron Anse Céron Sunset and a little princess! MartiniqueSunset and a little princess!
THE DIAMOND ROCK
For an Instagram hit, hike up Morne Larcher as mentioned above, or make a stop at the lookout built along the road that connects Le Diamant and Anses D’Arlet towns. The Rock is also a popular spot for divers, and many excursion companies offer boat tours that take you as close as possible to the Rock.
Diamond Rock Diamond Rock The Cap 110 memorial is built on the slopes of Anse Cafard, the location of a shipwreck that happened in 1830. The 15 statues facing Guinea, where the slaver was probably from, are a tribute to the 86 survivors, all slaves, and the 46 dead. To this day, the name and owner of the ship are unknown. The Cap 110 memorial is built on the slopes of Anse Cafard, the location of a shipwreck that happened in 1830. The 15 statues facing Guinea, where the slaver was probably from, are a tribute to the 86 survivors, all slaves, and the 46 dead. To this day, the name and owner of the ship are unknown.
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A pli ta (Créole for “see you later”)!
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Anse Moustique (Mosquito Bay), adjacent to Anse Meunier, is located in the south of Martinique and not far from the famed Salines Beach. Mosquito Bay is nearby, as well as an old salt marsh and mangrove, making it a friendly habitat for mosquitos, hence the name!
However, of the many times, l've been to this beach, mosquitos were never an issue (at least not more that anywhere else on the island!). There may be periods when they're more present, but so far they haven't been enough a nuisance to deter me from going.
What you should be wary of, however, are the "mancelliniers" trees. Their sap, leaves and fruits are extremely toxic and can cause severe burns, even if (especially if) one uses them as shelter on a rainy day. Fortunately, they are clearly marked with a red and white circle on their trunks. It's a fantastic white sand beach with tranquil waters, underrated because not as easily accessible as other popular beaches.
It's tranquility may explain why a discreet section of the beach is a nudist hang out!
please tell me more about anse moustique!!!!!
A different take on just the beach vacation part of Martinique, i love it
E-Xavier de Mada via Facebook(non-registered)
Having seen all the article, I am obliged to modify the comment because it is my cousin who is the author !!!! Big up !!! #BecauseMySkyisMyLimit
Nadia Gilles via Facebook(non-registered)
That sums up my last trip to Martinique! Good times!
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