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Le Tombolo, Sainte Marie

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  • The tombolo is a word of Italian origin that means a tongue of sand that connects through the waters two land spans, an island and the coast for example. Caused by the combination of the effect of ocean currents and tides, several tombolos are observed throughout the Atlantic coast of Martinique, but it's at Sainte-Marie that the phenomenon is the most spectacular. The floor of sand that forms an affair of more than 200 meters between Petite-Anse, the beach of Sainte-Marie and the islet St. Mary in front here is the consequence of the climate influence of the Bermuda anticyclone and allowing to get there on foot dry. The tombolo appears so each year, but only for a period of 4 months: from February to may, it seems to me. In addition, nature does things since, anyway, the islet is a reserve natural, forbidden to access nesting of birds. I went there in mid-May with family and with friends and our children less than 2 years and the view from the islet is beautiful, both on the Atlantic ocean on the coast of Martinique. There's plenty of information on the history of the islet and even a Mayan compass panels life-size on even ground, a well appointed view... but the passage on the sandbar in the middle of the sea enchants particularly children. NB: swimming between the coast and the islet remains dangerous because of the currents and unmonitored.
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  • We had the chance to attend the tombolo, that is to say that there is a passage in the sea to cross and reach the island. An event very frequented by families of Martinique, you get a little wet, it happens on the other side, super nice!
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  • This phenomenon is fleeting, 1 or 2 months a year if I remember correctly from what I've read. In my case in March I was able to do it and it's very nice because not common at all.
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