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The Caravelle peninsula nature reserve

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The Caravelle peninsula nature reserve - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Martinique
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Located on the Atlantic coast in the municipality of La Trinité, in Martinique Regional Nature Park, the Caravelle peninsula nature reserve is a favourite destination for nature-lovers with its 388 hectares of protected land. Wild and unspoilt, this exceptional territory is remarkable for its wide range of landscapes, ranging from grassy savannah to mangrove, through rocky coast, steep cliffs and dry forest. Resting on volcanic soil, the Caravelle nature reserve is also home to a variety of wildlife: birds such as sucriers, Antillean crested hummingbirds, Martinique orioles and white-breasted thrashers, as well as mantou and touloulou crabs. The peninsula has no shortage of extraordinary animals to spot!

To fully appreciate the natural treasures of the reserve, nothing beats a hike. For keen walkers, there are two marked circuits departing from the car park at the Château Dubuc: one short loop of around 1h30, taking in the mangrove and dry forest, and a longer one of around 3h30 for exploring the wild coastline. As the long trail has less shade, it's essential to bring water, sunscreen and a hat if you don't want to suffer too much from the heat. Dotted with superb viewpoints, the walk also features various information signs about the fauna, flora and geology of the peninsula. And to benefit from an incredible panoramic view of the peninsula and the surrounding area, head to the Caravelle lighthouse with its orientation table at 157 metres above sea level!

Amid magnificent scenery not far from there stand the remains of the Château Dubuc, an old sugar plantation house built in the 18th century and now a listed historic monument. As well as a beautiful view of Trésor Bay, it has a small museum about the history of the site.

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