Martinique North Island Tour

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Rendez-vous for this trip that offers the unmissable of Martinique! From an authentic rum distillery to the black sand beach, then to the historic ruins of St Pierre destroyed by the volcano. Don’t miss the rainforest with 2 rivers stops and the famous Balata’s church.

Proposé par : Beyond the Beach Martinique Category:


This visit to the north of Martinique will delight you not only with its impressive nature and its beaches, but also with its diversity of flavors! The Authentic North tour will delight you with the beauty of the landscapes and the historical stops that make the richness of our beautiful island! This excursion has a lot to offer: a guided tour of the Church of Balata, the ruins of St. Pierre and more! Looking for a unique adventure at a rum distillery and a beach break? Embark with your guide!


The visit of the north of Martinique to Fort de France:

Your meeting point for this excursion in Martinique is at the cruise port* if you are a cruise passenger or in Fort-de-France downtown **. Your guide will meet you at the agreed meeting place. You will then board your comfortable, air-conditioned transport (in a van or small bus for a maximum of 18 people).

This visit to the north of Martinique will immerse you in an incredible atmosphere mixing the tropical forest and the Church of the Sacred Heart, a fantastic building also known as the Church of Balata. This church is a smaller replica of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre that you can see in Paris.

To continue the adventure, we will reach the Alma River, to allow you to admire the abundant tropical forest with your feet in the water.

You will continue to follow the Route de la Trace to revel in Martinican nature, in the tropical forest. Next stop: the Saut du Gendarme waterfall. After an easy and short walk of 5 minutes to reach the waterfall, you will be charmed by this green place!


The visit of the north of Martinique to Saint Pierre:

Leave the coolness of the forest towards the next stop: the DEPAZ distillery located in Saint-Pierre. More than a distillery, it is also one of the oldest habitation in Martinique. Its castle, its acres of sugarcane, and all the production buildings necessary for distillation make it a remarkable site. Around this historic and bucolic setting, head to the shop for a rum tasting. Don’t leave without a bottle of your favorite liquor!

Let’s visit the ruins of Saint Pierre. The former capital of Martinique was destroyed by the volcano in 1902. The city has since been rebuilt but some ruins can still be visited. Admire the landscape and the majestic Mount Pelee at the foot of the volcano in the former “Little Paris of the West Indies”.

The last stop on this tour of northern Martinique will be Carbet Beach. A wide beach with calm sea, transparent waters and black sand. You can relax looking at the sea, Mount Pelee, or perhaps cool off while enjoying a small bath.

Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea for the return to Fort de France by the coast. You can then enjoy downtown Fort-de-France by having lunch in a restaurant or visiting Fort Saint Louis, for example.

The itinerary may be slightly changed depending on the forecast weather or the rush hour.



  • Price: 65€ adult / 45€ children under the age of 10.
    • Included:
      • Air-conditioned, fully licensed and insured transportation
      • Pickup at your Fort de France cruise ship pier (or hotels/rental places in Fort-de-France and Schoelcher for free)
      • Bilingual English-French speaking shore excursion guides (other languages upon request)
      • Complimentary spring water local juice, rum
  • Duration: 5 hours Departure: 9am (can be modify according to customers and ships arrival – please send us an email before).
  • Capacity: 18 passengers maximum.
  • Tour guide: English (other languages available upon request, especially for families or group).
  • We require a minimum of 4 passengers to run a tour. If the minimum is not met your tour may be cancelled. If you are alone and you want to book please contact us by email first.
  • Pick up and drop off at the cruise exit without extra cost for all the ports of Fort-de-France.
  • send us an email on in order to let us know on which cruise ship you will be, or, where you are based if you are staying on the island. Pick up and drop off will be free in Fort-de-France and Schoelcher. An extra cost will be applied if you are in other towns.


Cancelation Policy:

Canceled by client prior to excursion date with a minimum of 5 Days prior notice by email. Your ship skips/misses the port. Weather conditions or equipment failure prevents the operator from running the excursion. Cancellations refund requests that do not comply with the above may not be subject to refund. Refunds may be subject to a service charge fee as determined by the payment processor (usually 5%). If you are late you are considered as a no show and you will not be refunded.


People with reduced mobility are welcome, however you must contact us in advance to organize transport according to the type of disability. Do not hesitate to contact us by email beforehand via

For the South tour of Martinique, it’s HERE.

Please note:

The booking section allows you to send your request without making a payment. We will get back to you to confirm your reservation with the payment link and many useful information regarding your trip (schedules, location, etc.).

22 reviews for Martinique North Island Tour

  1. Leslie

    Kim F. – 02/15/2018

    Leslie was amazing! We are so happy we took this tour. We loved it! The black sand beach and the waterfall in the rainforest were spectacular! We were given small yummy snacks throughout the tour. At the end we asked Leslie for a great local lunch recommendation and she took us to a delicious spot!

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    Donald C – 02/25/2018

    We really enjoyed seeing as much as we did of Martinique, especially since a couple of my ancestors came here from France nearly 400 years ago. Mt. Pelee was especially interesting.

  3. Leslie

    Sanyu M. – 03/10/2018

    This tour was so informational. I really really enjoyed the storytelling style of the guide and she was able to answer just about any question. The snacks were great, and the stops we made were perfect. A wonderful way to see many parts of the island in one day.

  4. Leslie

    CSW9622 – 03/15/2018

    Gwladys was our wonderful guide. We had the opportunity to visit so much of the island away from the city. The tour was very well organized. We enjoyed a thorough overview of the island including a visit to a waterfall, distillery and several ruins. The bus was comfortable and roomy. While some people went to the beach, others had the opportunity to go to a local bakery and enjoy the food. I would recommend this excursion for those wanting an overview of the island.

  5. Leslie

    Charles F. – 03/15/2018

    Driver was wonderful had snacks for us at every stop. Good driver

  6. Leslie

    Barb – 03/20/2018

    This tour was fantastic! Christelle was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The sites we visited were a perfect blend of natural beauty and historic significance. The drinks and snacks she provided were delicious and had interesting background stories. If anyone has special dietary needs, she can accommodate them. My husband and I and our two adult children thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it to all.

  7. Leslie

    Allan P. – 03/30/2018

    Excellent host for the tour. Gave us a great trip around the island

  8. Leslie

    Derek – 04/05/2018

    We did this trip on April 3, 2018. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Gladys was great (with her fiancé in training), as well as our driver (sorry I can’t remember his name). The bus was very nice and comfortable with AC. Gladys was very informative and answered all our questions. The scenery was beautiful, the roads were very curvy and winding, but was expected. My wife did take bonine for motion sickness prior to getting on the bus. Gladys did help a fellow passenger at the rhum distillery that was motion sick, by getting her ginger syrup, the lady stated she was better almost immediately, We bought the syrup, and it Is syrup, no alcohol. There was a bakery by the beach we ate at, but selection was limited due to a busy day, but the bread was very good, others liked the quiche. The only reason this is a 4 out of 5, we had to wait on other passengers for about 45 minutes of the ship, typical but frustrating. I would suggest telling people to be there 30 minutes sooner for a start time. But I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that enjoys scenic tours.

  9. Leslie

    Kstenerson – 04/06/2018

    Our guide Sebastiano was excellent! He is highly knowledgeable about all aspects of Martinique and was very enthusiastic about sharing his island with visitors. Martinique is a beautiful place. We really enjoyed learning about the volcanic eruption and visiting the rum distillery.
    The bus was very comfortable and not overcrowded. I would recommend a better PA system to make it easier to hear.

  10. Leslie

    Linda P. – 04/08/2018

    his tour was awesome. Christelle was the best tour guide I have had and I’ve done hundreds of tours. The food tastings were all home-made by her – what a pleasant surprise we had at each stop. I could not believe all the goodies that she bought with her.
    Foods and drinks – She even carried snacks to the waterfall where we had a long walk and had to cross over rocks to get to the waterfall! Her information was spot-on – you can tell her love of the island. We are returning in April with friends and I will book this tour again. Do not miss it.

  11. Leslie

    Skimmer – 04/10/2018

    Enjoyed our tour immensely. Our guide, Sebastian, was knowledgeable, friendly and made our day on Martinique memorable. Highly recommend!

  12. Leslie

    Ksadlowsky – 04/12/2018

    Renee, our driver, and Sebastian, our tour guide thru Beyond the Beach tours, were outstanding. This tour is truly unmissable as advertised. Sebastian was very engaged about giving us information and he really took care of us. He went above and beyond. We left the tour loving the island. This was definitely our favorite stop and tour.

  13. Leslie

    Mike – 04/14/2018

    Leslie was an AMAZING tour guide! She was accommodating regarding meeting place, gave an incredible 5 hour tour complete with descriptions of each neighborhood we passed through as well any historical significance it had, and the little snacks and drinks she provided were a wonderful personalized touch to the whole experience. Definitely take this tour! It was more than worth the money for the experience. Not to mention the opportunity to swim in the Caribbean Sea on a black sand beach and in a fresh water pool at the bottom of a rainforest waterfall

  14. Leslie

    Nicola A. – 04/16/2018

    This tour was booked as an alternative to trips organised by the cruise ship. Very good value, there were 6 of us on the tour and we were transported in a modern comfortable people mover. Drinks were offered both alcoholic and non. The guide sorry can’t remember her name was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information on the island and how it is run, and how people live. We went to a rum distillery, very interesting tour, then the beach, and a waterfall in the rain forest which would be inaccessible to larger vehicles. We were very pleased with the tour and it’s success has given us confidence to look at other tours offered.

  15. Leslie

    Ted E T – 04/19/2018

    We enjoyed this tour! Our tour company was Beyond the Beach, and our guide was named Sebastine. Our van was immaculate and Sebastine was very informative, friendly, and spoke English well. We would definitely recommend this tour for those wanting a good overview and history of Martinique.

  16. Leslie

    Thomas P – 04/20/2018

    Sebastion was EXCELLENT. He was one of the best guides we have ever had.

  17. Leslie

    JamessN6784LY – 06/01/2018

    While planning our port day In Martinique, as well as for 4 other port calls, I turned to TripAdvisor for guidance. We ended up booking the Unmissable Martinique tour through Viator. The tour was arranged with a local company Beyond The Beach. I have nothing but great things to say about the tour and our guide Sebastian. A pretour email was answered promptly and meeting point and departure very smooth and on time. Sebastian gave a very informative and interesting tour of this beautiful island. I only wish we had another day to do their Southern Martinique tour.

  18. Leslie

    AnneB – 01/10/2019

    Great way to spend the day off the cruise ship. First time in Martinique so we wanted to see a much as we could in one day We arranged with Leslie/Go Beyond
    We were met at cruise port. We were given a driver and a tour guide. Both Ladies were very nice of course we interacted more with our guide Anise (spelling?) as she spoke English (and a few other languages too). She made the day very enjoyable!
    We saw the rum distillery, 30 min stay at beach, their Basilica, Short easy hike to waterfall and ruins of first capit

  19. Leslie

    Nelly – 01/10/2019

    This was a solo trip for me but it there was a group of 5 of us for the northern Martinique tour. We visited a rum factory, ruins from a volcanic eruption, stopped on a black sand beach, drove through a rain forest and saw a waterfall.

    Our tour guide Leslie was very informative

  20. Leslie

    Daniel M – 11/10/2019

    When visiting Martinique, be sure to think of visiting the north of the island with its black sand beaches.

  21. Leslie

    MarruA – 11/19/2019

    A very nice half day excursion

    I was lucky to attend the half day tour to the northern parts of Martinique. I had sent message to Gobeyondbeach by FB Messenger, asling for any available tours for a solo traveller, and Leslie kindly kept me on mind, and contacted me when she had a couple that was interested on the same trip too.

    We had the pleasure of having lovely Maryam to drive us (very cafefully) around. She spoke fluent English and gave us loads of interesting information of the history, and she was able to answer all of our questions. Was a wonderful tour with breath taking views. She even took us to a second rhum distillery, since the first one was doing renovations and was not offering any tastings. Maryam took very good care of us, she had juice and water cooled for us, and the pace of doing things was very relaxed, and she listened to our wishes and made them true. The car was new and very comfortable, and all and all the tour was well worth the price. I can warmly recommend them, especially if you are not interested in driving yourself on the tiny, curvey roads of Martinique.

  22. Leslie

    Leo – 03/20/2020

    We organized a private tour with Beyond the Beach so that we could go at our own pace and pick our own timing of the tour. Our driver/guide Edouard was had lots of knowledge and narrated a lot of the trip with details on what we were seeing and tidbits about Martinique in general. We opted to follow the North Island Tour route so would also recommend this tour even if you book the regular small group tour. The stops were all decent with a drive through the rainforest, stops in St Pierre, a beach stop at Carbet and finally a stop at the Neisson Rum Distillery. St Pierre was really the highlight seeing what was called the “Paris of the Caribbean” until destroyed during the 1902 eruption of the Mount Pelée volcano.

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