Martinique Zoo

All you need to know about Martinique Zoo and Latouche dwelling

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

How to arrive and Tickets Prices to Martinique Zoo

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

Depending on how much time you have for visiting, I recommend you book the nature pass for both the Martinique Zoo and Balata’s Garden to have a reduction. If you book the nature pass you will spend 28,50€ instead of 16,50€ for the zoo and 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.

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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, that is also one of the oldest habitations in Martinique. Its construction goes back to 1643. Back at that time, it was the 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 volcanic eruptions 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 safely walk through the ruins of the ancient buildings.

The zoo has a circular structure.

What to expect from your visit to the Martinique Zoo

You will start your walk in the ruins of the ancient Latouche house. The path runs into the park to the remains of the machines used to transform sugar and rum. Inside the same structure, there is also a butterfly house. Once you are past the remains of the distillery building. You will find yourself in a huge aviary that hosts parrots, crowned cranes, red ibis, and flamingos.

The Martinique Zoo ends in a modern wooden house that has been turned into a museum. Inside, some objects and panels tell the history of the island, but also about piracy in the surrounding waters. It has also some pirate statues and silhouettes to amuse kids… or adults!

You can prepare for your visit via the Martinique Zoo website. Additionally, you can book your tickets in advance, including the Pass Nature, if you are willing to visit Balata’s garden.

You should visit Martinique Zoo and Latouche Dwelling if you would like to know more about the rum’s distillation process.

If you are looking for more tropical adventures, you may be interested in reading our French Guiana section. Otherwise, you may find the perfect inspiration in other destinations from all around the world.

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9 thoughts on “All you need to know about Martinique Zoo and Latouche dwelling”

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  2. 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 🙂

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