This drier and sunnier climate conveniently teams up with the best beaches: Boucan Canot, Roches Noires, l’Ermitage, la Saline, Trou d’eau and Saint-Leu. Access is easy thanks to the Route des Tamarins, a dual carriageway crossing the west coast halfway up the mountains, with magnificent bridges crossing ravines and precipices revealing stunning views over the Indian Ocean. Further up in the mountains, the west coast is covered with forests, some primitive, some replanted with cryptomeria trees. The two Communes (administrative districts) which cover the west coast (La Possession and St Paul) also encompass the Mafate Cirque, with breathtaking viewpoints to be enjoyed at Le Maido or at Dos d’Ane. Several footpaths also lead into Mafate (Ilet des Orangers, Roche Plate Mafate, Cayenne…).