It may sound strange to those who don’t live with it that the tide table be so important when visiting the maranhão. In the first few hours on the coast of the state, including in the capital, you will notice how the sea retreats incredibly at certain times of the day.
TIDE VARIATION IN MARANHÃO
Maranhão has one of the biggest tidal variations in the world, mainly in the San Marcos Baywhere is located São Luísand the sea can rise up to 8 meters at certain times.
It was because of this that more than 100 cars parked on a beach in São José de Ribamar were taken by surprise and dragged by the waters.
The river that flows through São Luís is practically dry at certain times of the day and completely full at others. This explains why the tide table is so important for those who want to boat trips to the historic city of Alcântara, for example. When the tide is low, the Praia Grande Pier is completely unable to function.
The tidal variation in Maranhão allows Vale ships of up to 400 thousand tons to dock at the port of São Luís, without the need for dredging as in Santos, on the coast of São Paulo.
Already on the edge of the city I noticed this particularity a lot during the night. Out of nowhere, the noise of the sea in front of my hotel reminded me of a storm, such force of the waves at high tide breaking on the beach.
It is a very interesting, beautiful and even scary phenomenon to see. But it is also curious how the tide table is so accurate and varies over the days. Keep an eye on the Navy website.
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