What to do for 1 week in Martinique?
For your next trip, you decided to visit Martinique in a week ? Excellent idea !
In order to make the most of your 6, 7 or 8 day tour in Martinique, I have prepared an itinerary to get a good overview of the places of interest of this small French Caribbean island.
This program is the perfect mix between discovering the capital Fort-de-France, swimming break on the beautiful beaches of Anses d’Arlet, road trip on the mythical route of the Trace and hiking in the Savannah Petrification.
Here is a complete list for a stay of 6, 7 or 8 days in Martinique!
And, as usual, also find my selection of the best accommodation to stay in Martinique, according to your budget.
So what to do and see on a 1 week trip to Martinique?
Day 1: Fort-de-France
The only airport in Martinique, Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport, is located in Lamentin, a town on the outskirts of Fort-de-France, the capital of the island. I advise you to start your itinerary of a week in Martinique by visiting Fort-de-France.
First and foremost, I recommend renting a car. Visiting Martinique by car is clearly the most practical if you want to be independent. And yes, even if the island is small, the “Mozaïk” public transport network is not very efficient.
I go through Rentalcars.com, to compare prices between different car rental companies, but also subscribe to their comprehensive insurance that covers against scams and accidents. And given the state of the roads to access some beaches in Martinique, it is more careful!
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Once arrived in Fort-de-France (10 minutes drive from the airport), you can start this first day of your tour of a week in Martinique by visiting the city.
After leaving your luggage and being refreshed, I advise you to go to the two markets of the city:
- First the Fish Market (if your home allows you to cook, you can even buy your lunch there)
- Then the Grand Market or spice market, a covered market in a large hall where you will find everything (spices of course, but also memories).
Continue the day with a visit to Fort Saint-Louis, a listed military fort. Recently reopened to the public after more than 10 years of closure, it offers a brand new tourist route. The Fort can admire a beautiful view of the city and the bay.
It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9h to 16h, and the visit costs 8 €. Remember to book your visit at the tourist office, because military site requires, the visit is only guided.
At the end of the day, wander the streets and soak up the sweet life of Martinique. During your walk, visit the former Palais de Justice, the Saint-Louis Cathedral and enjoy a little greenery in the central park of Fort-de-France.
Stay overnight in Fort de France.
To stay in Fort-de-France
- International Youth Hostel Center : Located 10 minutes from Fort-de-France. Twin room from 75 €, breakfast included. Goodies: free private parking, hearty breakfast.
- Hotel La Bateliere: Located 100 meters from the beach and 5 km from Fort-de-France. Spacious and bright double room with balcony overlooking the sea and the garden from 110 €, breakfast included. Most: the pool, the good breakfast, the friendly staff.
- Karibea La Valmenière Hotel: Located in the business district. Spacious and well equipped double room from 135 € per night, breakfast included. Pros: the rooftop pool, very nice staff, location.
- Simon Hotel: Located 6 minutes walk from the beach and 500 meters from the covered market. Modern and warm double room, tastefully decorated, from € 190, breakfast € 15. The most: the decoration of the rooms, the geographical situation, the reception at the top. This is our recommendation for a romantic holiday in Martinique.
Day 2: The Trois-Îlets
On the morning of your second day of this 1 week stay in Martinique, leave your car in the car park and join the Trois-Îlets by boat, the most tourist resort of the island.
Les Vedettes Tropicales connect Fort-de-France and Trois-Îlets every day from 6.30 am to 10.30 pm, and round trip is priced at € 7.
In Trois-Îlets, start by visiting the city. I advise you first to go to see the Slave Savannah, to discover the slave past of the island. The Slave Savannah is an ecomuseum in a beautiful garden of 3 hectares, where is reconstituted a village comprising about 15 traditional huts. The lifestyle of slaves on plantations is well explained.
It is open from 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9 am to 12.30 pm on Sundays. The visit is obligatorily guided, and it costs 12 €.
It is now surely time for the lunch! Then head to one of the many seaside restaurants and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the seaside resort.
In the afternoon program, it will be relaxing and snorkeling (there are really a lot of fish) at the Meridien beach.
At the end of the day, I recommend you to go to Anse Mitan, on the Pointe du Bout side. The place is always lively.
It is then time to return to Fort-de-France by boat.
The minute culture travel tips
Les Trois-Îlets is also known for being the birthplace of Josephine de Beauharnais, Napoleon’s first wife I st. You can visit the place where she was born, the Domaine de la Pagerie.
Day 3: The Route of the Trace / Saint Peter
Today is the day for road trip mode of this route of 7-8 days in Martinique. I suggest you to drive one of the most beautiful roads on the island: the Trace road.
The Route de la Trace is the local nickname of RN3, which connects Fort-de-France to Morne-Rouge. Over 29 km, it crosses the rain forest and is lined with many small waterfalls and views all more beautiful than the others.
Leave early in the morning and take the time to stop along the road. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, in particular, is not to be missed, with its breathtaking view of Fort-de-France.
The other obligatory stop on the Trace route is the Balata Garden. This botanical garden of artist will allow you to discover the local flora and fauna. And if you arrive early, you can even see hummingbirds! Allow about 1h30 of visit.
The Balata Garden is open daily from 9am to 6pm and the adult rate is 14 €.
Continue on the Route de la Trace to the restaurant Le Bambou, where you can discover Creole specialties (I recommend cod acras with coconut milk, a real delight). After lunch, take the car to Morne-Rouge to cross the village.
Then descend south towards Saint-Pierre. The city is the former capital of Martinique, which was completely destroyed by the eruption of the Pelee Mountain of 1902. You can see the ruins of an old theater and the dungeon of Cyparis, the only survivor of the disaster .
Saint-Pierre is impressive for its atmosphere and its black sand beaches. On your way back, stop at one of the elevated viewpoints on the road from where you can admire the sunset over the sea.
After this day rich in discovery, return to spend the night in your hotel in Fort-de-France.
Day 4: Anses d’Arlet / The Diamond
For the 4 th stage of your journey a week in Martinique towards the southwest of the island.
I propose you to start the day by the Anses d’Arlet. It will take you about 40 minutes by car bypassing the Bay of Fort-de-France to reach the village of Anses d’Arlet, an authentic village that has a lot of charm.
The beaches of Anses d’Arlet, Grande-Anse and Petite-Anse, are among the most famous of the island. You can stop there or choose to continue a little further to the Black Cove (so called because of the color of its sand). This is the best beach for snorkeling. The place is known to offer the opportunity to see sea turtles.
After an invigorating swim, head for Le Diamant. On the way, if you are hungry, you will find many street vendors. Do not hesitate to stop and buy them smoked chicken, a typical Caribbean dish that dates back to the time of the Amerindians.
At the Diamond, start by going to see the AnseCaffard memorial, the ” Cap 110″. Built on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, this memorial depicts 15 busts arranged in a triangle facing the sea, symbols of the victims of slavery in Martinique.
The place is significant for Martinique because in 1830, an illegal boat filled with slaves had failed, causing the death of hundreds of them.
For a more joyful late afternoon, enjoy the sunset on the Diamond Rock from Grande Anse du Diamant.
It will take you 30 minutes to reach your hotel in Fort-de-France.
Day 5: The peninsula of Caravelle
For the 5 th stage of your 1-week tour in Martinique, I take you explore the East of the island including the Peninsula of Caravelle.
This is one of the coolest places in Martinique. It will take you about 40 minutes to get to the peninsula from Fort-de-France. Take A1 to Lamentin, then N1 to La Trinité.
Start your day early, before it gets too hot, by hiking around the peninsula from La Trinité. This is one of the hikes to do absolutely during your vacation in Martinique.
There are several trails but I suggest you opt for the complete tour : plan about half a day, and especially a lot of water.
The path takes you through the most beautiful landscapes of the island: mangrove, rainforest, meadow, views of the sea… You can also see the ruins of a castle, Castle Dubuc.
Once the hike is over, go eat at La Table Mamy Nanny, a family restaurant that revisits the typical dishes of Creole cuisine with refinement. Take the time to rest on their terrace with panoramic views.
For the rest of the program, visit Tartane, a very picturesque fishing village. You can swim and sunbathe on one of its many beaches and even try surfing. If the experience tempts you, I recommend the surf school Bliss : the atmosphere is cool and the instructors are very professional.
The school is open daily from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm, except Thursdays and Fridays.
Day 6-7: The South of the island
For this last stage of your stay of a week in Martinique, I advise you to go towards the South. You will enjoy the most famous beaches of the island.
The 6 th day, first join Sainte-Luce for Fort-de-France (about 30 minute drive). Sainte-Luce is located right next to the Diamond.
Enjoy the calm of the morning to visit Anse Figuier, one of the most famous beaches of the island.
Then go visit the distillery Trois-Rivières , to enjoy one of the most famous rums of Martinique. The distillery is open to visits every day from 9am to 5.30pm in high season, and from Monday to Saturday in low season. The visit costs 3 €.
In the late morning, direction Sainte-Anne. Start by visiting the village of Sainte-Anne, very charming, and spend the afternoon on the beach of Salines, in the shade of coconut trees. In Les Salines, you can go to the Grande Anse beach : the area is often quite quiet, away from the crowds and tourists.
You can find accommodation in Sainte-Anne or in one of the cities around (Sainte-Luce, Le Vauclin, Le François). I give you some suggestions for accommodations below.
Here you are on the last day of this recommended itinerary of a week in Martinique.
Start the day with a morning hike to the Petrified Savannah. This hike is one of the most beautiful of the island, 4 km long (from the cove to cove Trabaud plums), it will take you through the woods, swamps and desert plains of south coast of the island. The change of scenery is guaranteed!
You can end up spending the rest of your time at Anse Trabaud, a pretty beach. Perfect for swimming before your return!
Then return to Fort-de-France if your plane takes off in the evening or you can also sleep towards Sainte Anne if you take off only the next morning.
If your stay in Martinique lasts only 6 days, I advise you to spend a day in the South of the islandstaying in Fort-de-France. In this case, hike to the Savane in the morning and spend the afternoon at the beach of Salines for example.
If you stay 8 days in Martinique, I suggest you dedicate the extra day to an excursion.
Sleep one more night in the south of the island and go to see the Bath of Josephine , a shoal that would have been the favorite place of the Empress Josephine to bathe.
The place is really nice, it is also one of the most beautiful corners of Martinique. It is accessible by boat, and many excursions are organized with baptism of rum and meals included. Count between 45 € and 75 € per person.
To stay in the South of the island
If you wish, you can stay in the south of the island for this last stop, there are some very nice hotels.
Here are my favorites:
(You can of course also stay at your hotel near Fort de France, the distances are never very big on the island.)
- Village Pierre & Vacances – Sainte Luce: Located by the sea, in Sainte-Luce. Very spacious studio with kitchenette equipped with a microwave oven and hotplates and private terrace, from 60 €, breakfast 16 €. The most: the large pool, the beach next door, the outdoor activities offered. This is our favorite for its benefit / price ratio in Martinique.
- Marine Breeze: Located in front of the sea, in Sainte-Luce. Bungalow with kitchen and private terrace with sea and garden view from 90 €. The most: the personalized welcome, the beautiful setting, the superb view, the location.
- Hotel-Restaurant La Dunette: Located by the sea, in Sainte-Anne. Colorful and luminous double room with sea view from 95 €, breakfast included. Most: the view, the deck designed to relax, the evenings with musical entertainment.
- Eden Paradise Spa Ecolodge: Located 10 minutes from the beach, in Sainte-Luce. Bungalow comfortable and quiet with some for a jacuzzi, from 230 € per night, breakfast included. The most: the pool, the jacuzzi, the silence, the setting, the Zen atmosphere. This is our recommendation for a romantic holiday in southern Martinique.
Leaving Martinique: Flight Prices
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A week in Martinique: the map of your itinerary
To help you view your itinerary, I have made a map of all the places you will visit in a week in Martinique. The island’s airport is located in Fort-de-France. You can display the legend by clicking the button with a small arrow at the top left of the map.
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