Welcome to the town of Anses d’Arlet, located in the south-west of the island. This seaside community is known for its seasonal villas, diving schools and seaside restaurants. Like the other four beaches in the town, Grande Anse Beach has a rich seabed. Mask, Fin and Snorkel mandatory to discover this! In addition to these magnificent beaches, the territory also has walking routes that allow you to enjoy the view from the various hills over the beaches and the Caribbean Sea. These routes generally make it possible to join the beaches together in order to link sporting activity and family relaxation. The Dlo Ferré hike and the beach of Petite Anse is the very example of a route to do with the family, making you discover the biodiversity of this territory and a treasure: the natural hot spring of Dlo Ferré.
To access the start of this hike, starting from Fort-de-France, head south of the island (A1, N5) and take the Diamant exit (D7). Take this rather sporty road (many bends) to orient yourself towards the Diamant community. Cross the town along its huge beach, in order to follow the coast and join the D37. This route will make you discover on your way the memorial of Cap 110, magnificent views of the Rocher du Diamant or the Maison du Bagnard. After a 10-minute drive and a few switchbacks, you are at the beach of Petite Anse with its port. Take one of the streets on your left (after the basketball court, easily visible from the road) to head towards the beach and its parking spaces.
Various parking places are available to you and you will have no trouble finding a place by the sea. This beach is not the busiest in the town.
Get out of the car to enjoy a direct view of the beach of Petite Anse, less known than the other four in the community, it is not necessarily full of charm with its setting on the surrounding hills (Le Morne Larcher and his wife lying in particular).
The time to take some pictures (the sun was not really there for me….), let’s take the direction of the hot spring of Dlo Ferré.
Tip: Also remember to enjoy the sunset from this beach, the view from the fishing port is magical.
Dlo ferré, natural hot spring
The hike to Dlo Ferré is accessible to the whole family (depending on physical conditions). The route is approximately 2 kilometers round trip (45 min to 1 hour). You will pass through a subdivision to join a walk on the side of Morne Jacqueline with magnificent landscapes of the Caribbean Sea.
From Petite Anse beach, follow the coast along the road that takes you to a housing estate. You will see on your way the first directional signs. Follow them.
After a slight climb, you must turn into the dead end and go to the end of it to join the land path.
Pass on the side of the gate, to find yourself on the side of Morne Jacqueline and discover the xerophilous vegetation of the seaside of the town dried up by the alyss and the Caribbean sun.
After a few minutes, you are already in front of a beautiful panorama of the Caribbean Sea and Morne Larcher.
Le Morne Larcher and his wife lying down
The path continues and you will just have to be careful to take the path that goes to your left at the next fork. However, if you go further you will also discover some cattle and goats feeding in these pastures.
If so, turn back and take the path on your right. You will see wooden stairs in the distance.
The path descends towards the seaside. Beware of possible slips on the steps.
In a few minutes, you are in front of the display of the natural hot spring.
We learn there….
The natural hot spring of Dlo Ferré comes from a thermal spring of 180°C. They have many emergences, one of which (the most important) has been channeled into a small basin. The temperature in this basin varies between 30 and 35°C and the pH is rather neutral. This undrinkable water would also have beneficial properties for rheumatism and ailments.
Go by the seaside to go around the rock and walk along the seaside, you are about fifty meters from the basin. You will have to help yourself with your hands at times because the terrain is uneven.
You are now in front of the basin. Its size allows only two people to swim in it.
I advise you to possibly keep your shoes on to avoid any inconvenience with the crabs living nearby.
For the return, you just have to take the path in the other direction.
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In terms of advice,
Ø Traffic in Martinique: During the week, you will face traffic jams around industrial or commercial areas, especially in the morning, in the direction of the South (Rivières Salée, N5) to the North (Fort-de-France, A1) and from the East (Robert, N1) to the North (Fort-de-France, A1), from 7 am to 9.30 am, and vice versa at the end of the evening from 5 pm to 6.30 pm. Think about your route in order to adapt to this traffic which can be dense and easily waste time.
Ø Equipment: Good pair of sneakers that grip or hiking shoes, hiking stick, sportswear, hiking bag (knife, flashlight, headlamp, k-way, cap, sunglasses, jersey, sunscreen).
– Difficulty: 3 out of 10, not very sporty walking with slight climbs over short distances (steps), possible with a baby carrier or with children over 6 years old.
– Quality of Petite Anse bathing area: Good (Source: Ministry of Health, see map);
– In normal times, always start the hikes at the earliest in the morning after it is up to you to judge what you want to do like me (sunset). The daytime heat during minimal sporting activity can become quite stifling.
– Go at your own pace and plan the time you will need based on your physical condition.
– Most important, always a bottle of water per person and something to snack in your bag. With the heat, all fairly physical hikes can be dangerous with fatigue.
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