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Les Anses d'ArletTypical village and beautiful beaches

The beachs of Anses d’Arlet

Second in 2020 in Stéphane Bern’s “Favorite French Village” TV program, Anses d’Arlet has it all: a picturesque town with old-world charm, great beaches and a lovely Route des Anses (coves road) that runs along the Caribbean coast.

A postcard village

The panorama seen from the end of the pontoon with its huts, the church Saint-Henri and the hills in the background, is one of the most photographed places in Martinique. There is a sweet atmosphere in the village with its Creole houses made of colored wood and roofs covered with peeling tiles. Along the seashore, the skiffs and nets are a reminder that this is indeed a fishermen’s village.

Charming coves

The beaches of Anses d’Arlet are among the favorites of Martiniquans and tourists. Each one has its own identity and its own fans…

The beach of the village

Popular with families for its clear, calm waters, ideal for swimming, the beach also attracts for its natural aquarium a few meters from the shore. With a few fin strokes, simply with a mask and snorkel, a head of rocks (“ la kay“) on a 3-meter bottom is home to hundreds of tropical fish.

Grande Anse

North of the town, the long beach of Grande Anse is appreciated for its swimming, its small restaurants and its nautical activities (diving, jet-ski, paddle…). It is THE beach where you can observe and swim with the turtles that feed on the grass beds. This very sheltered cove is a popular anchorage for boaters. Lots of atmosphere on weekends!

Anse Dufour and Anse Noire

Continuing north, two small twin coves present a natural peculiarity: the white sand of Anse Dufour is succeeded by the black sand of Anse Noire ! The first is home to a fishing hamlet, it is famous for its seine fishing scenes in the late afternoon. The second one has a long pontoon where you can dock, otherwise you can access it by its 136 steps carved in the rock. But it is worth the detour! Its coconut grove, its seabed and the richness of its aquatic fauna, its cliff “the Y point” from where the local youth love to dive, are unmissable.

Petite Anse

Going down to Le Diamant from the town, you will come across this small, little frequented beach. Less appreciated on the swimming side, it is mostly the beach of its many fishermen.

The Coves Road

On the 18 km that connect all the beaches of Anses d’Arlet, departmental road 7 runs along the south Caribbean coast following the relief of the hills. This pretty road climbs, descends, turns, and plunges through dense vegetation, offering beautiful viewpoints on the coast and the Caribbean Sea.