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Ile Sainte Marie beach

Ultimate guide (October 2019)
Ile Sainte Marie is the second popular beach destination in Madagascar. It is also good here as in Nosy Be, but without crowds. However, keep in mind that it is the east coast of Madagascar, so there is more chance of being attacked by a shark. Sea urchins can also be met on the bottom, but the hotels usually remove them quickly. Shore and seabed: sand. [edit]

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This beach ranks #2 of the "Best beaches in Madagascar"
Rating: 8.4 - 160 votes [vote]
Coordinates: -17.083162, 49.817548
See also: Madagascar island

Hotels [edit]

There are no many hotels on the island, but overall they are pretty and not too expensive.

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How to get there [edit]

Fly to Antananarivo International Airport (TNR). Next fly to Ile Sainte Marie airport (SMS). There are also some international flights to Ile Sainte Marie.

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When to go [edit]

In the dry season from April to November.

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[2017-09-05] Jackson

There are some food shops in Sainte Marie.

I've never heard about shark attacks in the island. Sea urchins are the main danger. These can be met on wild beaches, as hotels clean them out.

[2017-09-05] Malcolm

What is the weather in Sainte Marie in July? Is it possible to swim, what is the water temperature, is it safe?

There are many sharks on the east coast. I know that, there are special places, where it is permitted to swim. Where these places are located?

What are amenities on the island? Supermarkets and so on...

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