Posted January 30th, 2009, 12:49 AM
Our cruise ship pulled into Martinique for the day. We only had a short time 9-2:30. The tourist information booth by the pier did not suggest taking a cab south to the best beaches due to all of the construction…it would take about 2 hours one way. The ferries were only going to one place that day…Pointe du Bout. We hopped on board. Round trip $8 per person. The ride was only about 20 minutes. We did not stop at the first beaches by the marina although they were nice (white sand, palm trees, man-made). We walked about 8-10 minutes down the road to Anse-Beach. The beach was very long but not wide. Black sand, rocky but the water was warm and clean. They had showers (no cost), toilets (cost but I do not know how much) and topless bathing. We choose this beach because it was less crowded. We only stayed for 2 hours. The ferries have a schedule but beware they do not abide by them.
Unlike other people that stated that the French people were not helpful we found some of the people to be very helpful. We were trying to call home and were having trouble. The shop owner who sold us the calling card spent 20 minutes with us until we were able to make the call. Also some local people in the shop we helpful trying to explain what we needed to do. I guess it all depends who you run into…just like in the States.
Back by the pier we walked around Fort-de-France for awhile and poked our heads into some of the shops.
If I knew more French I would definitely go back to Martinique to vacation.
Surfer Girl, your review is very welcome, there is not much up to date info here on Martinique.
We will be there in February with some cousins, would you recommend Pointe du Bout beach to stay for a couple of hours? Do they offer chairs and umbrellas? Is there a bar?
If not, can you, or anyone, recommend such a beach on Martinique?
Thank you so much for all your help!
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