The 10 most beautiful walks in Martinique

De Grand'Rivière au Prêcheur

From the summit of Mont Pelée to the heart of the rainforest and secret beaches, hiking in Martinique is the ideal way to discover the island from every angle.

As there are many trails in Martinique, it’s possible to hike just about anywhere on the island, on both the Atlantic and Caribbean sides. A few words of advice before setting out on Martinique’s most beautiful hikes: always check the weather forecast before setting off, as a heavy tropical downpour can quickly turn a nice trail into an impassable quagmire.

Make sure you’re well-equipped for the hike – good shoes, backpack, poles if necessary – and ready to face the heat: water reserve to carry (2L), snacks to nibble on, protection from the sun (hat, clothes, cream)… Stay on the jungle trails, and you’ll avoid some (rare) unpleasant encounters with local wildlife!

Finally, bear in mind that in Martinique, night falls quickly and early: 6 p.m., so leave in the morning and plan to be back in time, unless you finish by headlamp.

1. The Caravelle peninsula

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  • Duration: about 3h30
  • Distance: 9.5 km
  • Difference in altitude: 339 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • See the route

This not-to-be-missed hike in Martinique takes place on the island’s west coast, on the Atlantic, with the aim of discovering the Presqu’île de la Caravelle Nature Reserve. There are two well-marked walking itineraries, a short one (1h30) and a longer one (the one we suggest here, 3h30), both of which are easily accessible and not very difficult.

Between the tormented Atlantic Ocean on one side, the calm of the mangroves on the other, and the dry forest, the walk evolves in a changing and preserved natural setting, punctuated by many beautiful viewpoints. On the way, visit Château Dubuc, a listed former plantation.

2. Couleuvre waterfall

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  • Duration: about 1h30
  • Distance: 3.1 km
  • Difference in altitude: 240 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A lovely Martinique hike in the heart of the jungle, we’re a little further north than Le Prêcheur, at Anse Couleuvre. Here begins an easy-to-follow trail, winding its way upstream for 3 km until it reaches the Couleuvre waterfall: at 120 m high, you won’t want to miss it.

The setting for this walk is superb, in the middle of a preserved tropical forest. Descend by the same route, taking advantage of the opportunity to swim further down, on the magnificent, little-frequented beach of Anse Couleuvre.

3. The ascent of Montagne Pelée

L’ascension de la Montagne Pelée

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  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Distance: 7.6 km
  • Ascent: 3,248 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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A classic among Martinique hikers, the ascent of Montagne Pelée guarantees the best view of the island and the Caribbean on a clear day. There are several paths to the highest point, at 1,397 m: here, we start at the refuge de l’Aileron, for a path that climbs steeply in places, but remains the main access route to the summit.

It’s better to be in good physical shape, and to have a water reserve! These efforts are amply rewarded at the end of a very satisfying ascent. The descent follows the same path.

4. Petrified Savannah

La Savane des Pétrifications

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Height difference: 83 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Just south of Sainte-Anne, this hike in Martinique takes you through one of the island’s most striking landscapes: a semi-desert area dotted with rocks and petrified trees, directly bordered by the ocean. A stunning site, which also offers several opportunities for swimming: the beach at Anse Trabaud, and the very popular Grande Anse des Salines.

This trail is a section of the Trace des Caps, a much longer coastal trail (28 kilometers), which can be explored in several stages.

5. From Grand’Rivière to Prêcheur

De Grand'Rivière au Prêcheur

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  • Duration: about 5 hours
  • Distance: 12.9 km
  • Height difference: 908 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Here we tackle one of Martinique’s biggest hikes, but also one of the country’s must-do’s: you can choose to start from either Le Prêcheur or Grand’Rivière, for a long, demanding and sporty itinerary, with no drinking water. Don’t improvise!

Solid elevation gain, beautiful forests, rivers, deserted beaches – it’s the epitome of Martinique’s beauty. Plan to walk all day, leave early in the morning to avoid nightfall, and return to your starting point with a fisherman’s boat to complete a memorable outing.

6. The Slave Canal

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  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Distance: 7.2 km
  • Difference in altitude: 249 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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From Le Carbet, here’s an emblematic hike in Martinique, easy enough even for walkers who suffer from vertigo.

You’ll be walking along a canal built in the 18th century by slaves (hence the name Canal des Esclaves, although it’s also known as Canal de Beauregard), well shaded because it’s right in the heart of the rainforest, with some slightly steep stretches.

Otherwise, just follow the canal back and forth for a pleasant stroll, and enjoy the superb scenery all the way!

7. Le Morne Larcher

Le Morne Larcher

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  • Duration: approx. 2h30
  • Distance: 4.8 km
  • Ascent: 650 m
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Don’t be fooled by the low number of kilometers on this hike in Martinique, because the difference in altitude is quite substantial!

To climb Morne Larcher, you need good legs and protection from the sun: the sparse vegetation doesn’t offer any shade, but on the other hand, its 478 m height offers a breathtaking view of the south of Martinique, the Pointe du Diamant and the Rocher du Diamant. It’s well worth the effort to climb to the top.

8. The Jesuit trail

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  • Running time: approx. 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Distance: 4.7 km
  • Height difference: 288 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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A well-known hike in Martinique, the Trace des Jésuites runs through lush rainforest vegetation in the heart of the island.

The trail is well marked and easy to follow, but requires a little physical effort, especially if you’re doing the out-and-back. The Rivière des Lorrains along the way is the perfect opportunity for a refreshing break and a footbath.

9. Didier’s first Cascade

La première Cascade de Didier

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  • Duration: about 1 hour
  • Distance: 1.9 km
  • Height difference: 174 m
  • Difficulty: Medium
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A fun and adventurous hike in Martinique, the itinerary starts at the edge of Didier’s road through a slightly dark tunnel, where bats live… A little light isn’t too bad!

Next, the Cascade de Didier trail follows the riverbed, easy and accessible to children, all the way to the first waterfall. Some don’t hesitate to take a dip in the water before heading back the same way. A second cascade is accessible beyond the first, but the trail becomes a little more difficult.

10. Piton Crève-Coeur

Office de Tourisme SUD Martinique

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  • Duration: about 1 hour
  • Distance: 1.8 km
  • Height difference: 122 m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • See the route

You don’t always have to face steep climbs or cover great distances to reach a summit… That’s the case, for example, with this short hike in Martinique, whose objective is a short ascent of Piton Crève-Coeur, an ancient volcano that rises to an altitude of… 200 m!

Enough to enjoy a beautiful panorama of the south of the island, the Sainte-Anne peninsula and the Caribbean Sea. Return along the same path to the parking lot below.