Route de la Trace
Route de la Trace
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The island's most scenic drive, winding up mountains through lush tropical landscape.
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cherriesfan_9
Cheltenham, UK6,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Route de la Trace is a traverse over the lush tropical rain forest mountains from Fort de France to near St Pierre, although, technically, it is from Balata to Morne Rouge which is the most memorable sections. There are miles and miles of twists and turns, switchback and very sharp gradients on this road which inevitably means that some sections of the road have disappeared over the edge and (down the ravines) and so there are some single lanes and on going road repairs.
The most fascinating part of this road (the N3) is the climb up through tropical rain forest - miles of forest and heliconias, extraordinarily tall bamboo, palms and other deep forest plants. It is a challenging drive, often in the rain (naturally as its a rain forest), and this, of course, feeds some lovely rivers, and waterfalls especially the River Alma falls.
Great 2 - 3 hour drive - well worth doing, with latterly having great views of the volcano, Mount Pelee, with the doomed and rebuilt St Pierre.
Written December 26, 2014
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Delory123
Croydon, UK210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
Well if you want to see the island, this is the best way, get a hire car and head into the north and interior of the Martinique, discovering lots of cool sights along the way. The road follows a route cut by the Jesuits in the 17th century. The locals like to say that the Jesuits’ fondness for rum accounts for the twisting nature of the road.
Apart from passing through rainforest, up the sides of volcanoes, and along coastal roads, you will also pass some of the more interesting places on the island, such as the Sacre-Coeur de Balata, a scaled down version of the famous basilica in Paris, the Jardins de Balata, the botanical gardens and restaurant, the beautiful Site de l'Alma, perfect for a short hike through the rainforest, and Sainte-Pierre, the old capital.
We did the drive over a couple of days so we could extend it in places to see more of the island, and it was well worth it as we saw places that we would never have seen had we stuck to the normal tourist trails. Also it was nice to do it at your own pace. Really you need your own car to do it as local taxis are not cheap, and it's quite a long drive, but the roads are all excellent thanks to money from France, so it's an easy drive.
There are various places of interest to see along the way, but not all in the same directions, so it's best to have a little read up on the route first and see which way you want to head. We particularly wanted to head up to the north of the island at Anse Couleuvre which was a bit out of the way, so you have to adapt accordingly as it's hard to fit the whole route in including stops before darkness descends. We then headed across the top and back down the eastern side of the island, which less tourists visit, and got to stop off at a fair the locals were holding which we just happened to pass so that was pretty cool. So nice to see areas other than just the tourist spots!
Written February 11, 2016
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Halkidis
Southwest Finland, Finland4,669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We took a taxi(=private tour) from Cruise Pier, because this was our 2nd time in Martinique and Fort-de-France was already familiar to us. We took Route de la Trace, which offers great views, nature, beautiful Balata Cathedral etc, before we end up in Depaz Rhum Distillery and St. Pierre(city that was destroyed 1902, when Mt. Pelee Volcano erupted). Road was in real good condition, comparing many other Caribbean islands.
Written February 21, 2017
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John B
Toronto, Canada2,886 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
We thoroughly enjoyed the Route de la Trace drive which heads north from Fort-de-France to Le Morne Rouge. The road winds its way (at times very sharply!) up into the hills then following creeks and rising through passes into the highlands outside Le Morne Rouge. This is rainforest country and don't be surprised if you drive through rain showers or have your view of some of the spectacular hills obscured by low crowds. There are some places to pull off the road to hike into the back country - just make sure you have waterproof hiking boots. You'll also drive by some of Martinique's most popular attractions including Jardin de Balata and Balata Cathedral. Use Route de la Trace to dive to St. Pierre (through Le Morne Rouge) then return by the coast highway.
Written April 8, 2014
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juliay
Washington DC, DC23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
We drove along Route de la Trace in to a hiking trail in the rain forest. Found the trails several inches deep in mud and surrounded by some of the densest trees and vines I've ever seen. They was quickly encroaching on the trail, making hiking a bit difficult and very wet. We also discovered that part of the road was closed, I believe between the mountains and Trinite, so we ended up having to go back out towards Fort-de-France though it was out of our way.
Written August 16, 2011
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evelyneb720
Auburn, Alabama, United States147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Nice drive. I read about some people complaining about the road in other posts and have to disagree. While the roads are not the best, they are pretty decent. They are narrow and steep and you just cannot drive too fast, that's all. The drive was worth it. We stopped at the Balata gardens on the way to Morne Rouge.
Written July 24, 2018
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Snappy B
Boston, MA198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
We drove our rental car from Fort de France north on the Route de la Trace (the N3) to Morne Rouge with our three teenage boys. The road is narrow but in very good condition, full of sharp turns---not for the faint of heart! The road can be very steep at times with thick vegetation on both sides. It felt like a real adventure, driving thru a true rainforest. There are a couple of stops along the way, including the Basilica and the botanical garden. It will take you longer than you think! After we arrived at Morne Rouge, we drove west to St. Pierre and took the coastal road back to Fort de France.
Written February 9, 2017
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Yves D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Remarquable road trip with trails around the day. Scenic view. Flower tard en route to Mount Pelé. Recommended
Written February 13, 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada81,662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
These road is attractive. They keep the roads well.

We see foliage, trees and even flowers.

We saw some pitons as well.

We went often to this road. This is truly beautiful!

A must see!
Written September 15, 2019
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Charles K
Winchester, UK1,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
A wonderful experience going through the wind-dy roads through the rainforest. The sights are beautiful. Make sure you have a guide that provides full details of the plants and terrains.
Written March 3, 2018
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