Cowering on the island’s southwestern tip, Le Morne Peninsula is nicknamed the “five-star strip”. It is the island’s most exclusive address and a magnet for kiters. Just a few select hotels and resorts stretch along the 4km-long Le Morne beach, one of the island’s finest, sheltered by the dramatic giant monolith of Le Morne Brabant.

Le Morne Brabant

An iconic monolith jutting out into the Indian Ocean, Le Morne Brabant (556m) is among the island’s best climbs: it’s hard to beat the view of coral gardens and verdant forests from the top. The mountain was used as a shelter and hiding place for runaway slaves in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and remains a symbol of their suffering and fight for freedom. Distressingly, some slaves threw themselves to their deaths when approached by soldiers who came to tell them slavery was over, fearing they may be captured. Le Morne Brabant is seen as sacred by the island’s Creole population and it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

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