On one side of Martinique rests the Caribbean Sea, on the other the Atlantic Ocean. On Martinique’s shores you will find some sand that is soft and white, and some that is black and volcanic. All around the island is natural beauty you need to see in order to believe, and you need a camera and a pen to capture it for others. Blessed with a certain pleasantness and worthy of awe, Martinique is a place like no other. Here are the best beaches on the Caribbean island of Martinique.

Hands down, the best beach in Martinique is Les Salines. During weekdays, Les Salines is near perfect, a quiet and uncrowded stretch of white sand lined with coconut palm trees. A true tropical delight. The waters are calm and completely safe for swimming. At the end of the beach, away from the souvenir stands, you can take in the beauty and relax.

Another quiet beach during the week is Diamant Beach. Long and lean, the beach is a great place to kick back and watch the water bounce off Diamond Rock. Lots of shade makes Diamant Beach a great place to picnic. For a meal and some drinks, head over to the Diamant les Bains Hotel.

One white sand beauty in Martinique is Anse Corps de Garde. Located on the southern Caribbean coast, the water is so calm here, it’s nearly a swimming pool. Food vendors abound so bring your appetite. Or work one up while swimming the gentle sea.

If you are into water activities like windsurfing and waterskiing, be certain to check out Pointe du Marin. This is also a fine beach to spend the day, with bars and restaurants nearby to keep the energy up.

Here are some general tips about Martinique’s magnificent beaches:

Topless bathing is the norm at many of Martinique’s beaches, though none are officially nudist. So if you are a prude, then cover your eyes.

The Atlantic is rough, so unless you really know what you’re doing, keep yourself to the waters on the Caribbean side.

Head north for white sand, south for black and silver. And for the very best, keep to Ste-Anne.

It is much easier to find food on Martinique’s beaches than it is to find lounge chairs, so be sure to bring your own.

Although all of Martinique’s beaches are free to the public, hotels do charge a fee for nonguests to use changing rooms and facilities, so bring along some funds.

Enjoy the best beaches in Martinique.