Anse Noire

Anse Noire, Les Anses d'Arlet: Address, Anse Noire Reviews: 4.5/5

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dilettanteMB
Boston, MA56 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
I wasn’t sure because of some recent mixed reviews, but ended up loving Anse Noir. You need to get there early because parking is TIGHT but we managed to get a space around 10:30am midweek in February. I was glad we went in the morning when I saw the crazy afternoon traffic on the way down the hill that afternoon.

Yes there are lots of stairs but when you get down you’ll find a lovely shady, black sand expanse with very gentle swells for the kids. We spent longer than expected and had a lot of fun before walking down the hill for a drink at one of the beachside restaurants at Anse Dufour.
Written February 22, 2018
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dchen666
New York92 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
This is great beach with colorful views, soft black sand, plenty of trees and shade, awesome snorkeling with tons of fish and a fun pier to jump off.

The beach is at the bottom of what seems like hundreds of stairs. It is next to Anse Dufour although they are separate coves. The parking is extremely limited and both beaches are at the bottom of a steep and narrow road. Anse Dufour is easier to access, is a bit larger and has white sand and therefore, is more crowded than Anse Noir.

Anse Noir is not the biggest beach, but it has plenty of shade. It is the only black sand beach in the southern part of the island. The black sand creates hues of blues and greens that are very different than the white sand beaches. It is quite beautiful. The sand is quite soft and spacious even though it is a small area.

The water is very calm and the snorkeling is fantastic. The fish are plentiful. As such, many of the boat tours come here for the snorkeling, but they don't add crowds to the beach.

We really enjoyed the beach, the water, the pier and the snorkeling. It's a great beach to visit.
Written April 19, 2017
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Diana P
New York City, NY81 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
This beach had black sand, good rocks to climb on, lots of steps leading to the beach, and the snorkeling is good but not great. There's a good dock for jumping off, and you can rent kayaks, though we did not. Combine a visit here with a visit to the beach next door, Dufour. You'll be able to eat and drink there, which you can't here. But don't skip this beach. It will grow on you if you spend a little time here!
Written February 17, 2016
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Tom G
Portsmouth, NH87 contributions
Jan 2016 • Family
Like most of the things in Martinique that are really amazing, it takes a sense of adventure and some effort to get to Anse Noire. It shares the route and parking with Anse Dufour, but the extra hike is worthwhile. The beach itself is farily small, but not crowded (since it's a decent walk down the steps to get to it). There is a long pier in the middle of the bay, and a small hut that rents kayaks and snorkel gear at reasonable prices. We lugged our own gear to the beach and set up for a few hours of snorkeling. The water is crystal clear and the fish and sea life is abundant. I have seen much less in many scuba dives, so I recommend this snorkel experience, even to beginners. We had thin wetsuits, but they were not necessary, although it helped for the long snorkel around to Anse Dufour and back (for good swimmers, it is not difficult to connect both via water, since the hike between the two is more strenuous).
Since we were staying in Le Francois, the trip to get to this spot took about an hour drive, but well worth it! There is no food or restroom available. We brought a picnic as our party of 8 snorkeled and ate in shifts.
Written January 12, 2016
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jakub pelikán
Prague, Czech Republic41 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We spent a wonderful 10 days at this bay. We would be accommodated at L’Habitation Creole - an ancient mansion with a wonderful garden just a minute walk from Anse Noire known for watching turtles. Anse Noire seems also as a favorite fishing place for 3 pelicans. These are admirable animals to watch. If into hiking then this the right spot too given several trails passing by. We enjoyed also renting a kayak to go around the coast while which we did snorkeling. This a must to do as well. We now need to move on to another part of the island yet will for sure come back when visiting Martinique again with our kids.
Written November 30, 2018
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RoseTroy3
Bridgeport, AL787 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
We arrived at Anse Dufour/Noir a little after 8Am and still had to park behind about 30 cars that were already parked on the steep hillside leading to the beach. It is a beautifu, but small beach that had snorkeling on the right side. It became crowded really fast so we went over to Anse Noir.
This was about a 5 min walk uphill around the small peninsula that separates the two beaches.It was another steep climb down to Anse Noir. This beach is about the same size, maybe even smaller. There is a small hut that rent snorkeling gear and a ramshackled dock in need of repair. There was seaweed on the black sand and it was very rocky.
Written April 19, 2018
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robs8
Philadelphia, PA USA23 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
As of December 2017, there are signs of beach erosion and damage to the pier - Probably from recent category 4 hurricane that hit a few months ago. The pier has missing boards, and areas that are twisted.

Pictures of the beach in the past showed all black sand on the left side of the pier and bowling ball-sized rocks on the right. What I found today were rocks on both sides and missing sand from the entrance to the pier.

There was no significant trash as some others have reported. We have certainly polluted the oceans and have found trash washed up on all beaches of the world except when groomed by a maintenance staff. The heaviest trash locations have been the Bahamas, and St. Lucia, but trash can be found everywhere (Thailand, St. Thomas, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, St. John, Belize, Martinique, Tulum, Tahiti, Moorea etc).

Anse Noire worked for us for a two night stay on the beach at Domain de Robinson, but I wouldn’t go far out of the way for it.
Written December 10, 2017
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Tommy599
Two Rivers, WI736 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
We were off the ship at 9:30 AM for a most excellent snorkel trip on the Aquarius to the Les Trois-islets area (about a 45 minute trip SW of the port). The coral growth was some of the best we have seen in the Caribbean beyond Cozumel. One of the interesting points where when we went into the famed “Bat Cave”; with the sides of it’s entrance graced with the most colorful orange Flower coral polyps (just below the water’s edge). The bats and crabs in the cave were interesting, but again the vast variety of coral growth in just 10 – 20 feet of water was most spectacular. We than moved to a small beach area / sleepy fishing village of Anse Dufour, where we first looked for turtles in the grass, but finding none moved along the rocky coast to again find very interesting coral formations and lots of fish. Observed several small fish traps the fisherman were using in this area (wow what a simple passive device).
Written March 27, 2017
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Catherine91011
Washington DC, DC117 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Overall: Just like Anse Dufour, this had great snorkeling accessible from the beach. Logistics: Again, same challenge as Anse Dufour since the parking is shared between the two beaches. Parking is tough - get there early (8am) and be ready for tight or creative parking. You are parallel parking on the road near the side of the cliff. You need to walk down a long set of steep stairs - this is not for those with mobility issues. The beach is not accessible by car - park topside and walk down. Beach: Medium-sized, palm tree covered beach with black, volcanic sands. Snorkel: The left side of the bay has rocky edges to check out all sorts of fish. No sea turtles found. Nice pier accessible to the public for swimming or selfies. Tip: Bring your own equipment. There are no rentals nearby. Shares parking lot with Anse Dufour - it's possible to do both drops in the same day!
Written March 7, 2017
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livius44
New York City, NY95 contributions
Jan 2016
Amazing corner of heaven, this beautiful beach makes you feel like you're in one of the most amazing places on earth. Perfect for snorkeling, you can rent a kayak right there on spot. Access to this beach is by walking down ~130 steps.
Written January 31, 2016
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