The French Caribbean island of Martinique is fringed by attractive beaches, making it a favourite of sun-seeking tourists. But, like many of its neighbours, behind the beaches lie rocks a-plenty. The Martinique rock climbing scene is small, but there are climbs to be had for those willing to look for them.
Martinique is not a natural destination for rock climbers, with much of its interior covered in jungle. But it is also rocky and mountainous, built on volcanic foundations, including the active Mount Pelee. Climbing up those peaks is mostly hiking and scrambling, but with a local guide and the right equipment, it should be possible to find places to do some climbing too.
Perhaps the best option for eager climbers in Martinique is its rugged coastline. Much of the island is fringed by steep cliffs, which offer great opportunities for deep water soloing and more traditional climbing. Ask around if you need a guide.
Nearby islands are also a good bet for climbers. To the south lies St Lucia, with a similarly rocky coastline for deep-water soloists to get stuck in to. The Piton mountains are steep and rocky, and offer some climbing opportunities too.
To the north is Dominica, a much more established rock climbing destination. It more mountainous, and has several national parks. There are climbing operators on the island who can hire out equipment and offer lessons. The island is fairly heavily forested, but there are some high peaks and rocky cliffs.
Take a trip to Martinique and the islands around it and explore. A Martinique climbing holiday is a chance to take on the undiscovered and have a real adventure, away from the crowds and the beaten track.