Places in Madagascar
Pirates aren’t stupid. They figured out how juicy Eastern Madagascar’s treasures were and looted its coastline centuries before the rest of us caught on. A couple of hundred years later the real pirates are gone and the secret is out: there’s plenty of leftover booty in the form of dazzling pearl beaches, sparkling sapphire water and lush jade rainforests.
Hot, weird and wild, Southern Madagascar is a cinematographer’s wet dream. Filled with the world’s most exotic flora and surreal landscapes, the countryside looks like no other place on earth. This is the Madagascar of the Discovery Channel, and the country’s most visited region.
Mada’s second city, Toamasina (often still known by its French name Tamatave) was developed as a resort during colonial times. Photographs from a hundred years ago show French holidaymakers posing in long bathing costumes in front of wooden beach huts. These days, the town is a popular holiday destination among the more affluent Malagasy.
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