Presqu'ile de la Caravelle
Presqu'ile de la Caravelle
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Elina
Finland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Very nice hike trail at Caravelle. I did the full route by myself, in Jan 2020. The hike is about 4 hours (including breaks). The trail was clearly marked and maps/signs on every crossroads. Basic trekking shoes / sneakers are needed. Plenty of water (1,5-2 litres) needed.
It is best to go clock-wise (Take the left at the beginning). There is an amazing beach at the end of the trail, perfect white sand.
Written 23 January 2020
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Jordan E
Michigan132 contributions
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This area is simply stunning and a must visit. Ideally, I would plan an entire day to spend on the peninsula. The drive out is also quite beautiful. In addition to the Chateau and nature preserve, there is a nice town, Tartare, where you can stop for a meal and a swim on your way in or out. When driving, the map looks as though you can drive all the way out to the pointe, these are actually just walking trails so I have provided some help with planning your day below.

Most of the hiking/walking is on pressed gravel or old pavement, some of the inclines are decently steep making this a moderate hike. I would recommend a light hiking shoe (preferable) or sandal with serious tread. I hiked in sporty flip flops (we weren't planning on such a walk) and it slowed me down a bunch and wasn't too safe. Bring a camel back or similar water system if you can. My husband and I are relatively active, however, I am 4.5 months pregnant, and for me the smaller loop was just enough of a workout, but not too strenuous. Anyone with mobility or health issues would have trouble with all parts of the peninsula. We hiked the smaller loop (1.5 + hrs) up to the watchtower and went to the chateau (1+ hrs). The watchtower was closed on Sunday. There is no water available at the watchtower, but there is a small gift shop at the chateau with water and snacks. I would plan an hour for the chateau. The self guided tour was 5 euro each and well worth it. Gorgeous pictures from there, but again, some steep inclines and loose footing. We missed out on the full loop (3.5 hrs) which takes you to some really secluded beaches simply because we didn't plan enough time. There are no real restaurants out there, so pack a lunch. I would suggest planning about 6 hours to do the full hike and chateau plus time for relaxing on the beach and breaks. Even more time if you plan to stop in tartare. Enjoy!
Written 1 February 2015
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Elena_Grib
Milan, Italy142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I like everything about Caravelle. Wonderful, almost not contaminated nature, authentic villages, a lot of places where to eat, splendid (clean) beaches with few people.
Written 1 January 2012
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juliay
Washington DC, DC23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
We rented a house on the Presqu'ile de la Caravelle and used it as a base to explore the island. It was a very convenient location, as it was only about 40 min from the airport and 2.5 hrs to the far north or far south of the island, making both accessible. The peninsula itself is cute, residential, and normal seeming. There were really pretty beaches frequented by local families, not too many tourists at all. There was also Chateau Dubuc to see and several hiking trails.
Written 16 August 2011
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packedlite
Cambridge, MA394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
There are several walks around the Caravelle peninsula. Two begin at the end of the road, one is long and the other short. We chose the short one up to the Lighthouse. It was an easy uphill walk of about 1/2 hour to the top with lovely views as the reward. We did not visit the ruins of the Chateau but that would have been another 1/2 hour one way to there. Or you can take the longer walk around the end of the peninsula that would incorporate all the sites in about 4 hours. The parking at the end of the road can be crowded. There are no facilities so stop in Tartane for supplies and a bathroom before parking. Bring lots of water although most of the walk to the lighthouse is shaded.
Written 4 March 2018
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Muffinlady01
Philadelphia, PA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
I loved this so much. The hike around the peninsula shouldn't be missed. You get to see the rocky coastline with its crashing waves, and walk through a mangrove swamp. The trail is very easy to follow.

Towards the beginning of the hike, you can take a side trip to see the lighthouse. I'd highly recommend it. I saw a few people look at the trail (it's a mild uphill grade) and pass it by. You'd miss out on a gorgeous view.

You'll follow the coastline along the craggy rocks for most of the hike. It will turn into a mangrove swamp. There are wooden walkways through the swamp, so you never get muddy. You'll come across a beautiful beach, perfect to take a rest at. Continue on to the chateau ruins.

It's a full day, bring food and plenty of water. You'll need more water than you'd think. I wore hiking shoes, and I was glad to have them. You'd be ok with sturdy sneakers, but don't attempt this in flip flops. It's a real hike.

I did have one concern. There are poisonous trees on the peninsula, which have been marked with red rings. You aren't supposed to touch them, or even walk under them in the rain. There were sections of trail that were completely overhung with these trees. If it were raining, I'm not sure how you could avoid walking under them. Probably best to save this hike for a dry day.

I'm so glad I hiked this, I'd recommend it for anyone going to Martinique.
Written 16 March 2017
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Sociology
Jamestown, NY94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
My wife were lucky to choose this area to stay for a week, We stay at Residence Oceane', just outside the nature preserve. As senior citizens, we were too old to hike all the way to the end in the tropical heat. We did hike up the the Chateau Dubuc and that was exhausting enough for us. However, the views of the sea and hills were worth the effort.
Written 14 February 2017
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Stephanie Y
Yellowknife, Canada47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
An experienced backcountry hiker, I decided to risk Le Grand Sentier in the Nature Reserve. Even with a skirt and flip-flops.

The 7km, 3 1/2 hour trail was worth every slow and steady step. Magnifique!

Crabs, mangroves, the Atlantic Ocean, volcanic geology, stunning views, windblown trees, a lighthouse, history, birds. All in one hike.

Recommendations: I took 2 litres of water and didn't regret it. Sunblock and hat. Much of the later 1/2 of the trail is exposed and I was glad for both. And my sarong which I used as further protection. If you're not experienced, a walking stick is a good idea.

The trail is well-marked but there are a few rocky, boulder parts along with some stairs and (small) ascents dug into the earth.

Oh so worth it!!!! But don't wear flip-flops!
Written 8 March 2016
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Christine D
Boston, Massachusetts54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
This was a real highlight of our trip. A perfect little hike- more than a walk, for sure, but easy to do in sneakers and so rewarding! We only say 3 other couples on a 3+ hour hike. There was enough elevation to feel we got some exercise and really earned the spectacular beaches that we then had all to ourselves! We packed lots of water and lunch. The hike is in the trees, so well shaded (but it's still hot if you're from Boston...). We followed brown signs to presqu'île de la caravelle and parked in the first little lot we saw. (Free.) There was a trail map posted, and we took a picture so we'd have it as we walked, which was handy. The paths are well marked and there are a few loops. Truly a highlight and highly recommend!
Written 15 February 2016
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monika
Wroclaw, Poland49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
I have never seen such a varied landscape. Rain forests, swamps, mangrove forests, cliffs, savanna. Every this on the one place - De La Caravelle on Martinique. The best place. You must to see it.

It's long trekking and remember that you have to take min. 2L of water and UV filter.
Written 17 February 2019
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