A very nice walk that we did along the coast was from Le Morne village to La Prairie beach.
Le Morne village is a little coastal village. At first, it was located at the foot of Le Morne mountain, however due to the rising sea and the tides it had to be moved and is now found a little further along the coastal road.
To reach it, rather than turning right towards Le Morne beaches, carry on straight to an uphill winding road that will lead you to the village. The view at the top of this road before going back down is magnificent on a sunny day!
We came in two cars to be able to leave one at La Prairie beach so that we wouldn’t have to walk back.
We started our walk at the very beginning of Le Morne village.
We could see Le Morne mountain standing out in the blue sky behind us…
…and the Ilot Fourneau at our right.
Le Morne village is a nice little fisherman’s village, therefore there are lots of ‘pirogue’ boats in the water or on the land.
During the first part of our walk, the beach is swampy with quite a lot of rocks and algae, which was quite nice as it was home to lots of different animals.
The children especially liked the colorful little crabs that abounded here and had lots of fun running after them.
They also found lots of “treasures”, like this big crab shell.
While we walked, we enjoyed seeing the village life around us, as the road and the habitations are not very far from the beach.
Some children were playing a game of petanque…
…while adults were queuing to buy their loaf of bread at the shops.
Others were by the sea cleaning up the catch of the morning.
We were in no hurry, so we went (the children ran!) up the jetty to take in the scenery.
As we walked, the beach become more grainy and sandy.
The sea was very calm and peaceful.
We reached a little playground area and we, of course, had to make a ten minutes stop, or the children would not have forgiven us!
Even though we were moving away from it, everytime we stopped or turned around, the majestic ‘Le Morne’ mountain was constantly part of our walk.
Some campers had set their tents just before the end of the village. They probably hit their sleeping bags late last night as the people around seemed to have just gotten up and setting up for the day as we passed them.
Once we were out of Le Morne village, we didn’t meet many people. We did see some vehicles passing along, as the road is very close to the beach at one point.
At that point we could see our destination not very far away: La Prairie beach.
It didn’t take us very long to reach it from that point.
All we had to do is to then was go round the large pool of water, which is always there behind the trees, to be able to reach our car.
We had some refreshments by the car that were very welcome and sat on the beach a little while for a well deserved rest, taking in the beautiful scenery around us.
We really enjoyed our little promenade. I think we only walked around 2 kms. It did take us a little over an hour because we had decided on a slow pace to accommodate the children’s stops and discoveries and they thoroughly enjoyed it, as did we!