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Martinique Zoo and the Latouche dwelling

We visited Martinique Zoo and the Latouche dwelling on our 5 days vacation in Martinique. At first we were quite sceptical to go. Coming from French Guiana which has the most amazing and eco-friendly zoo I’ve ever visited. We almost skipped it to enjoy one more day on one of Martinique’s amazing beaches. But I am so happy we decided to go! Martinique’s zoo is much more than a simple zoo. Latouche was an ancient rum distillery with so much history. Further more the zoo has an amazing garden that offers nice photo spots.

How to arrive to Martinique Zoo and Tickets Price

Situated in the North West of the island, Martinique Zoo is nearby Saint Pierre, a small fisherman’s village. It’s also very close to Mount Pelée, which is Martinique’s active volcano.

Depending on how much time you have for visiting, my advice is to book the nature pass for both the Martinique Zoo and Balata’s Garden in order to have a reduction. If you book the nature pass you’ll spend 28,50€ instead of 16,50€ for the zoo + 14,00€ for Balata. Both destinations are worth visiting. So don’t hesitate If you have enough time. Consider half a day for each destination.

Martinique Zoo
The map to arrive, as displayed in the site of Martinique Zoo and Latouche dwelling

Some History

The zoo runs in the Latouche dwelling, an ancient rum distillery. Its considered as one of the most ancient habitations in Martinique. Its construction goes back to 1643, and was property of Captain Latouche. For many years the dwelling was active as an indigo and manioc workshop, but also as a sugar and rum distillery.

In 1902 Mount Pelée erupted, generating one of the deadliest volcano eruption ever recorded in human history. Just like many other constructions around the area the Latouche property was severely damaged. Today the few standing walls have been secured, and you can walk safely through the ruins.

The zoo has a circular structure. It starts in the ruins of the ancient Latouche house. It follows into the park till the remains of the machines used to transform sugar and rum. Inside the same structure there’s also a butterfly house. The path leads to a huge aviary which hosts parrots, crowned cranes, red ibis and flamingos.

Martinique Zoo ends into a modern wooden house that displays historical information about the island and piracy in the surrounding waters. It has also some pirates statues and silhouettes to amuse kids.. or the adult ones!

Prepare your visit on the Martinique Zoo website, you can also book your tickets in advance, including the Pass Nature, If you’re willing to visit Balata’s garden.

You shouldn’t miss this visit If you’d like to discover the rum’s distillation process. If you’re looking for more adventures continue your reading in French Guiana or in other destinations from all around the world. And don’t forget to pin this for later!

Martinique Zoo

8 thoughts on “Martinique Zoo and the Latouche dwelling”

  1. Thank you very much for this fantastic article. I am dreaming to visit this fantastic island and you gave me some really good idea about what to do when I will be there.

    1. Thank you Valentina! You should definitely visit! Btw I’m gonna do a more detailed post about the activities you can do in Martinique! Don’t hesitate to check again 😉

    1. Thank you Jessica! Yes There are so many ways of creating zoos. Honestly I’m not always fan of the way they force some animals out of their natural climate or geographical area. But Martinique zoo really respect that and the cages are very large it’s more like a park than a classical zoo. Definitely worth the visit 🙂

  2. The history of the Martinique Zoo is very interesting! So cool to learn that the construction goes back to 1643. It must have been very cool to visit!

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