Anse Azérot near Sainte-Marie, Martinique
The incredible beaches of Martinique come in many different varieties. On the west coast, there are numerous white sand beaches south of Fort-de-France, while the northern beaches (such as those at Carbet and St. Pierre) are darker due to their volcanic origins. On the eastern / Atlantic coast, the coastline tends to be more rugged except on the Caravelle Peninsula, at Anse Azérot and at Grande Anse Macabou where the waters are usually calm and inviting.
The famous Plage des Salines is in the south, a short drive from Ste. Anne, with tall coconut palms and a mile of white sands. During the summer holidays and weekends, it is often busy with families and children; during the week, it is usually quiet and less crowded. Other lovely beaches in the south include those at Ste. Anne, Ste. Luce, Cap Chevalier, Le Diamant (with the famous Diamond Rock offshore) and Anses d'Arlets.
There are no designated clothing-optional beaches on Martinique, although topless sunning and swimming is common at hotel pools and beaches near hotels. Public beaches do not as a rule have changing cabins or showers. Some hotels charge non-guests for the use of lockers and changing cabanas.
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