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Toamasina (Madagascar)

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Sixty-two miles from Toamasina by car
When to go
From September to November

Reviews of Toamasina

Seasoned Traveller
73 written opinions

Toamasina or Tamatave is the second biggest city of the island after the capital. It stretches out between a huge beach bordering the Indian Ocean and Ivondro bay. Toamasina is cosmopolitan: the majority ethnic group, the Betsinisaraka, cohabit with a large Chinese community, some Indo-Pakistani and a handful of Europeans.

My suggestion:
If you are there in November, you will be able to sample the frenzy of "Any letchi e", the start of Madagascar island's tasty litchi sales drive!
My review

Toamasina is the country's chief port and export outlet. Coffee, vanilla, wood, cloves and other spices are loaded on ships here for a journey to far and distant lands...

The city and its grand straight boulevards bear the mark of its colonial past. Both the old buildings with colonnades and the street names have remained unchanged. The heart of Toamasina is Bien Aime square, where the banyan plantation abides by Madagascan astrology. In this old area, the Creole huts have the distinctive feature of being on stilts. The market and the port are always bustling with activity!

You must not miss Independence Avenue, where a statue of the goddess of the south seas stands. 

Toamasina beach, Madagascar