Ilot Sancho

 

Ilot Sancho is a little islet in the south of the island.

 

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Ilot Sancho seen from the Baie du Jacotet beach

 

Following the coastal road of the south it is right next to the Baie du Jacotet beach, between Bel Ombre and Chemin Grenier.

 

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Baie du Jacotet beach seen from Ilot Sancho

 

The beach next to the islet is not very big and doesn’t really look like the pristine white beaches of other areas, but it is still a cozy little beach where you can stop for a pic-nic.

 

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The beach at Ilot Sancho

 

The biggest attraction of that beach is the little islet that is accessible by foot depending on the tide.

 

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The little ‘Ilot Sancho’

 

At high tide, there is an arm of water between the land and the islet, so you need to either swim or walk in the water to get there.

 

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An arm of water gets in between at high tide.

 

But at low tide, you can usually reach the little island without dipping foot in the water.

 

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At low tide, you easily reach the islet…

 

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…without dipping foot in the water.

 

Sometimes there are little pools of water here and there where you can see little fish or other sea animals.

 

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Little pool of water here and there.

 

It’s better to have shoes on if you are going to go on the ‘ilot Sancho’ as the volcanic rocks the little island is made of is spiky and sharp.

 

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The spiky rocky formation of the islet.

 

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This would be completely covered by water at high tide.

 

I thought that it was possible to go completely round the island, but at our last visit, we got stuck about three quarters of the way and turned back on our tracks.

 

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The island is a mixture of rocks and bushy vegetation.

 

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Going round the island.

 

We went as far as the old rusted anchor that has been sitting there for ages.

 

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A fisherman next to the old anchor.

 

You can probably find some little crabs or other sea animals on the rocks here and there.

 

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People looking for little crabs in the rocks.

 

The inside of the island is full of bushy plants.

 

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The more ‘bushy’ part of the islet.

 

There are a couple of little paths leading you inside.

 

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One of the paths amongst the bushes.

 

Whenever we go for a drive in the south, we usually like to stop there on the way back.

 

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The little beach area is never really overcrowded…

 

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…People come for a quick stroll or settle a little while and then go back.

 

If the tide is low, we hop on the island to stretch our legs.

If the tide is high, we will stay there a little while admiring the movement of the waves crashing on the rocks and the water flowing back down afterwards.

 

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Waves crashing on the islet…

 

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…and flowing back down

 

 

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