Le DiamantLe Diamant
The municipality owes its name to the famous "Rocher du Diamant" (Diamond's Rock) that faces it 4 km from the coast. Abrupt and 175 m high, it was conquered, fortified and inhabited for 17 months by the English at the beginning of the 19th century before being taken over by the French.
Today the site is classified as a nature reserve for breeding birds. It is also populated by many snakes. The small road between Le Diamant and Les Anses d'Arlet offers magnificent views of the rock.
Of volcanic origin, the Diamant is appreciated by the divers for its fauna and its submarine flora but also for its numerous caverns. Several nearby clubs offer opportunities for all levels.
The village of Le Diamant is one of the important tourist resorts of Martinique. Its magnificent white sandy beach lined with coconut palms and shaded areas by "raisiniers trees" is vast - more than 3 km, the longest in Martinique. Everyone can appreciate the quiet environment. Unsuitable for children's swimming given the large waves generated by the current, it is very much appreciated by surfers.
Le Diamant's bay is overhung to the west by several hills, of which Larcher's hill culminating at 478m. They offer a wide choice of routes for lovers of hiking. The one that leaves from Anse Cafard beach towards Petite-Anse beach while passing through the dry forest by the summit of Larcher's hill , is probably the most interesting. It offers magnificent views of the bay and the area.
Rue des Caraïbes
Tel. : +596 (0)5 96 76 14 36
Fax : +596 (0)5 96 66 16 83
Places to visit
- Shell Museum - 2000 species of shellfish from around the world including 700 from the West Indies - +596 (0)5 96 76 41 92
- Memorial "Memory and fraternity" - Above the Anse Cafard - Fifteen statues of 2.50 m high erected by the artist Laurent Valère in tribute to the Africans who perished during the sinking of a clandestine slave ship in 1830.
- Road D7 between Le Diamant and Anses d'Arlet for its striking panoramas surounded by tropical vegetation.
- Diving at the "Rocher du Diamant" (Diamond Rock)
- Surfing on Le Diamant's beach