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A good place to swim with sea turtles

We saw quite a few turtles near the shore without swimming deep into the sea. It was a quite fun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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Fun Snorkeling

My hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this snorkeling location. It is by far one of our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
McDonough, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw quite a few turtles near the shore without swimming deep into the sea. It was a quite fun experience. Parking is hard to find. We arrived at 10am but still had to park far away and walked quite some time before reaching the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mollyw909
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this snorkeling location. It is by far one of our favorite things we like to do in the Caribbean. The water was clear and easy to see fish and coral formations. I would definitely come back.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank karenapardue1234
Reviewed January 5, 2019

This is a lovely beach, very clean and clear water. Ideal for snorkeling. We saw turtles and several types of fish (to the very right of the beach where the rocks are. The beach has a cafe/restaurant. The only downside is that it becomes very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Uwe S
Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

Anse Dufour and anse Noir are 2 beaches worth visiting if you want to snorkle. Be ready for crowds so even finding place for putting your towel will be difficult. We went there afternnoon just before sun went down and people were already leaving so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sisas_13
Reviewed December 17, 2018

Anse Dufour and Anse Noir are both at the end of a long windy road on the West coast of Martinique. I had reviews saying it's best to get there early...and I would agree. We got to the small parking lot at 9am and took...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sirpa G
Reviewed December 1, 2018

Good road in, parking depends on how early you arrive or pot luck later, stone steps or pathway down to small bay, nice restaurant, basic toilets, sandy crowded beach, tour boats also call in, reasonable snorkel opportunities and we saw several turtles on all 3...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Charles F
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Kinda what it says in the title. Busier than neighbouring Noir beach but with better visibility. Fewer jellyfish and more wildlife. We swam a short way out and saw sea snakes various fish and a young green turtle. All in crystal clear water. Busy yes,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

We arrived at Anse Dufour 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 beautiful, but small beach that had snorkeling on the right side. It...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank RoseTroy3
Reviewed March 30, 2018

We enjoyed excellent snorkeling at Anse Dufour. The beach was smallish and rather crowded, but there was a nice sandy entrance to the water, and the snorkeling area was large enough not to feel crowded. Water calmness and clarity were outstanding, and there were many...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank CoralReef
Reviewed March 4, 2018

The beach is small but lovely, not too many boats. This was my first time snorkelling and it was great fun. The north side of the bay had some coral and lots of small and medium sized fish. It was very rewarding. I didn't try...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Shari M
January 23, 2019|
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Response from Sirpa G | Reviewed this property |
You can hire a water taxi to the beach. Or join a group snorkeling boat trip. Taxis are very expensive and all the beaches are on the lee side of the island which makes it easy to travel between them by private water taxi.
March 3, 2018|
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Response from Kostisin | Reviewed this property |
You could ferry but would have to taxi from there. Probably easiest just to taxi. We used and can recommend Kalonji Tours and Taxi
November 26, 2017|
Response from stephenfX9043SD |
I have not been but am headed down in February. Would love to hear your “Do” vs “Don’t” list when you get back. Steve (Boston)
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Ottawa, Kansas
Trip report, adventurous family of 5 from March 18-25, 2017 (6 Replies)
Wow! That's all we can say. Martinique is a gem and something that everyone should enjoy at some point in their lives. It's like someone moved Maui to the Caribbean and added some French/Creole flair to it. Quickly about us. We're forty, with two girls (10 & 4) and also traveled with our French daughter who is 21 now (former exchange student). We're laid back and love an adventure. We typically don't do 'beachy' vacations because we get bored. Anyway, even with all of that, we loved...More
March 27, 2017|
Response fromTrais|
Hi! Thanks for your lovely post. I'm from Santa Fe, New Mexico and will be going with my 16 year old son in a couple months. We appreciate all the tips. Thanks again.
Monterey, Massachusetts
Trip report 1/5/18-1/11/18 (3 Replies)
Our family trip to Martinique was unexpected. We had planned a trip to Guadeloupe and we're scheduled to fly Norwegian from Providence, RI on January 4th. There was a blizzard that day and I received a text that our flight was cancelled and we could get e refund or rebook for another date. I called and asked if the flight would be rescheduled and they repeated that I could get a refund or rebook for the next flight to Guadeloupe which was on Sunday. I got off the phone and discussed with...More
January 13, 2018|
Response fromwokeup|
Great report, thanks. Planning on driving to saint salines beach several times from Trois liets , what was the driving time if you don't mind? Thanks.
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Le Marin- how long by car to Diamant and Anse D'Arlets? (4 Replies)
My husband and I are going to Martinique for the first time and staying in Le Marin - out of the way of tourists but on the main road to reach Les Salines and other spots. We can see the distances on google maps but wondering if the roads on this island are like roads in other Caribbean islands -twisty, hilly and made for slow cruising to see the sights. We are trying to find out how long it really takes to drive to Salines, Diamant, Anse Dufour, Anse D'arlets, Trois Islets and other spots in...More
November 02, 2010|
Response fromErikandSandya|
Hi there, All DOMTOM islands (French foreign territory) have considerable better roads than the independent (English or Spanish speaking) places. Around Fort de France it's even by and large 4 lane highways, and in the more hilly areas the road quality is more French Cote d' Azur level than e.g. Dominica or Saint Lucia. Cannot help with the exact timings, but around Fort de France by taxi we easily reached 50-75 km/h and that's almost double of the average speed in e.g. Dominica. All...More