East Coast is one of the chief regions in Madagascar. The East Coast of Madagascar is unique in its own way. The topography, the people, the society and the economy of East Coast is quite different from the other parts of the island nation.
The narrow strip of East Coast is formed of rich fertile layer of soil. Most of the eastern coastal strip consists of lowlands. The gradually rising slope gives way to the Central highlands. The coast runs in a straight line and therefore natural harbors are not plentiful on the East Coast.
The fertile soil of the East Coast of Madagascar makes agriculture possible. The nearness to the sea provides a moderate climate in this region. The eastern coastal strip is suitable for the cultivation of cash crops like coffee, fruits, vanilla and cloves. The fishing industry is also another part of the economy of the East Coast.
The East Coast is home to one of the major ethnic groups of the island nation. The name of the ethnic group is Betsimisaraka. The lifestyle of this ethnic group of Madagascar East Coast retains the traditions and customs of ancient times. The people belonging to this group are warm and friendly.
The tourist attractions of the East Coast of Madagascar is dominated by the dense rain forest region. The great variety of flora and fauna witnessed in the rain forests of the eastern coastal strip is a delight for all. The nearby island of Ile Sainte Marie also attracts tourists with its pristine beaches.