MADAGASCAR - 1995/01/01: Madagascar, Fort Dauphin, View Of Beach. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro) could be one of Madagascar's premier resort towns if it weren't so far from everywhere else. The setting is superb, like a gateway to some tropical paradise, strung out along a peninsula between sea and mountains. And, if you've driven for days through the spiny forest to get here, or even if you've flown out over the trackless highlands of Madagascar's interior, this prosperous mining centre, with its sealed roads and street lights, looks for all the world like a mirage of modernity.


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