Baignoire de Joséphine: A Few Tips

07/01/2024 Off By Nathalie de Beyond the Beach

If you are planning a vacation in Martinique, you have certainly heard of the Baignoire de Joséphine. Undoubtedly, it is a paradise-like place that is worth visiting! However, its popularity among tourists and locals has a downside: it is often overcrowded. At Beyond The Beach, we want your vacation to go as smoothly as possible. Therefore, we have gathered some tips to help you visit the Baignoire de Joséphine under the best possible conditions. But first, let’s take a look at what this famous “baignoire” is.

Baignoire de Joséphine: A Few Tips

A Bit of Geography

Martinique is famous for its turquoise waters and stunning white sandbanks. You know, those little strips of sand that allow you to walk peacefully in the middle of the ocean! The white sandbanks of the Baignoire de Joséphine are certainly the most well-known on the island. They are located literally between Îlet Oscar and Îlet Thierry, about 2 km from the coast of Le François. The shallow sandbank ranges from 0.5 to 1.5 meters in depth, depending on the tide.

The Origins of Its Name

“The Baignoire de Joséphine” There are many legends about the origin of its name. According to the most popular one, the place was named after Joséphine de Beauharnais, the wife of Napoleon. It is said that she used to visit the spot regularly to bathe. This hypothesis becomes hard to believe when you know that the Empress was from Trois-Îlets. The means of transport at the time didn’t allow for such an easy journey of 25 km…

For a less “tourist trap” version, it is also said that the name is derived from a sand dredger boat. It is said that these white sandbanks were regularly extracted by “La Joséphine.” A more credible but less charming hypothesis, isn’t it? Considered one of the prettiest spots on the island, the Baignoire de Joséphine is also the most visited. Here are a few tips to ensure an excellent day despite the crowd.

Getting to the Baignoire de Joséphine

These white sandbanks are accessible only by kayak or boat, usually departing from the Marina du François. Many companies offer tours by the hour, half-day, or full-day. Avoid the large tourist boats that carry dozens of passengers. Instead, opt for a trip on a small catamaran or a yole for a more authentic, comfortable, and relaxing experience!

Choose Weekdays and the Off-Season

During the peak tourist season or on weekends, it can become very difficult to access the Baignoire de Joséphine. If you can, avoid these times of high traffic and book your vacation during the shoulder season. There is no real winter in Martinique, and you can find beautiful sunny days all year round. However, you should make sure to check the weather forecast to choose the ideal day.

Go Early in the Morning or Late in the Evening

You might not prefer to risk coming outside of peak season or might not have the opportunity to do so. In this case, at least try to avoid weekends and peak hours. Choose a small boat trip that will take you to the Baignoire de Joséphine as early or as late as possible. Once you’ve figured out how to avoid the largest waves of tourists, you just have to relax! Here’s how to maximize your chances for a great visit.

Make the Most of This Unique Experience

Don’t Forget Your Mask and Snorkel

The Baignoire de Joséphine is not just a stunning sandy area between two islets; it also boasts perfectly clear water. This makes it the ideal spot to put on a mask and snorkel and explore the marine life. You will find beautiful starfish, tropical fish, and corals.

Explore the Surroundings

If you decide to venture out to this spot, it would be a shame not to take advantage of other magical places nearby. The Windward Coast is full of treasures: visit the islets or enjoy a relaxing stroll along the coast.

Explore the Baignoire de Joséphine with Beyond The Beach

At Beyond The Beach, we only offer authentic trips, far from mass tourism experiences. We select the best sites and the most qualified guides. By trusting us, you ensure a dream vacation!

Once the boat is anchored in the white sandbanks, you can swim and relax in a paradise setting. But that’s not all; you can take advantage of this break to discover the corals and tropical fish. You don’t have to worry about anything, as we provide masks and snorkels. Of course, drinks will be served during the excursion. Planter’s punch, coconut water, and fruit juices… local flavors for a convivial and cheerful moment.

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