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Wonders of Martinique

Rainforest near Balata, Martinique
Rainforest near Balata / SĂ©bastien Avenet, / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

Every Caribbean island is beautiful, but Martinique is one of the most gorgeous. Island though is not very rich with outstanding natural landmarks, but there are numerous landmarks of colonial architecture.

Map with the described wonders

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WorldViolet Top 14 wonders of Martinique

Geological wonders

Diamond Rock

175 m high rock – volcanic plug – rising from the Caribbean. At certain times of the day, it reflects in the sea and resembles a diamond. This inhospitable and nearly inaccessible rock could be the last refuge of a reptile – Couress grass snake (Liophis cursor). There is a cavern below the water level – it is adorned with sea fans and corals.

Diamond Rock near Martinique
Diamond Rock / Chris Breikss, / CC BY 2.0
Gorges of Falaise River

Two impressive, narrow chasms with waterfalls.

Architecture wonders

Jardin de Balata

An interesting botanical garden, developed since 1982 on private initiative. Contains a rich collection of tropical plants including 300 types of palm trees.

Schoelcher Library

This ornate library building was first constructed in 1886 – 1887 in Paris, then shipped to Martinique. The architecture of the building has an influence from the Byzantine style and other exotic styles.

Schoelcher Library, Martinique
Schoelcher Library / Gaël Chardon, / CC BY-SA 2.0
St. Pierre ruins

Remnants of a once beautiful city, the "Paris of Caribbean". St. Pierre was destroyed by the eruption in 1902 when almost all 20,000 inhabitants of the city died.

Habitation Clément (Clement House)

Well-preserved plantation house from the late 18th – early 19th century. Contains a rum distillery and rum cellars. Rich furnishings. The surrounding park has been turned into a botanical garden.

Fort Saint Louis

Historical fortification, still in use by the army. First constructed in 1638 on the peninsula, further reinforced in the coming centuries.

Marin church of Saint-Etienne

A very old church, constructed in 1766, with a marble altar.

Fort Desaix

A historical fortification that rises above Fort-de-France. Constructed in 1768 – 1772 on a hill. Used by the military today as well.

Balata Cathedral

Gorgeous cathedral, a replica of Sacré-Cœur in Paris. This cathedral is located amidst a lush tropical forest with mountainous background.

Banana Museum

Located in a historical banana plantation, this museum provides rich information about bananas.

Aubery Palace

Large palace in Art Deco style, constructed in 1928 – 1930.

Dubuc Castle

Ruins of a large country house that was constructed in 1721 and heavily damaged by an earthquake soon after, in 1727. House of the pirate.

St. Louis Cathedral

Ornate Neo-Gothic cathedral, constructed from iron in 1895.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Fodor’s Caribbean 2016

Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of the Caribbean, including Anguilla’s powdery white beaches, Bonaire’s colorful coral reefs, and the scenic beauty of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first trip or your fifth.

Ulysses Travel Guide Martinique

The only guidebook on this destination of the French West Indies. From Fort-de-France to Saint-Pierre, with stops in Grande Anse and Montagne Pelée. Everything about hiking and water sports, and color plates to help you identify birds.

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