The tropical island of Mauritius, once a haunt for pirates, is now best known for luxury hotels on white sand beaches with volcanic mountain backdrops. It is an island for exploring, with Indian temples, colonial houses, botanical gardens, and opportunities to spot rare birds among soaring ebony trees, walk with lions or swim with dolphins. Mauritians, a fusion of French, Indian, Creole and Chinese peoples, are renowned for their hospitality and visitors to the islands generally rave about the service.
Just 20 degrees south of the equator, Mauritius promotes itself as a year-round destination, although most people associate it with winter sun. The island's peak season extends from October to April, which is hot, humid and rainy, with a slight risk of cyclones January to March. The island's winter, from May to September, is warm and dry, with fewer mosquitoes and rates that drop by 30-50 per cent.
With its cerulean blue waters, white sandy beaches, set against a backdrop of beautiful green landscapes, the island is the epitome of tranquillity and serenity. Spend your vacation with the attractive beaches of Mauritius and make it memorable for your whole life. Pleasant Mauritius’ weather, finger licking street food, and local markets are the few things that make it a perfect destination for all types of travelers. Be prepared for an unforgettable getaway in Mauritius, often dubbed as the paradise on earth.
Get your dose of Vitamin Sea at the most popular beach on the island, where you can do ample amounts of swimming, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. Lined with restaurants, bars and discos, it is also a shopping and leisure hotspot where the locals would head to for a fun-filled night out.
Trou d’Argent Beach
This stunning beach is located on Rodrigues Island and offers visitors a stunning spot for an intimate picnic or for you to just relax on the white sandy beaches, surrounded by the clear waters. The rocky coastline is the perfect backdrop for a secluded and more private beachside experience.
Don’t be fooled by its small size – this beach is packed with activities. Be one with the underwater life by going for a snorkelling session, or go on a well-deserved retail therapy session at some of the shopping outlets near the beach. Then, unwind at some of the restaurants and pubs while watching the sunset overlooking the beach. Pereybere Beach is a fun destination, offering a great location for organizing further adventures, or relaxing on the beach with family and friends to enjoy a bit of sun worship and easy swimming. Lifelong memories in an earth-bound Eden are no further away than Mauritius.
La Cuvette Beach
Perhaps you prefer a more intimate setting? Located within walking distance from Grand Bay, this beach is clear of rocks and corals. Complete with amenities such as ample parking space, local snack shacks, changing room and shower facilities, you’re in for a great time with your loved one on this island. The beauty of La Cuvette is the open space, the many hideaway mini beaches, rocks and cliffs, and above all – the quiet tranquil surroundings. There are plenty of grass to play football on, plenty of benches to while away an afternoon at and plenty of manicured pathways around it all.
A visit to Belle Mare and you’ll be welcomed by a 10km-long beach with pristine, velvet-like sand. What makes this beach so unique is the combination of its colours. The waters of the blue lagoon changes from a dark turquoise colour at the deep end, to crystal clear with a hint of turquoise at the shallow end. The white sandy beach presents a stark yet stunning contrast.
Swimmers, rejoice! If you’re looking to clock in some swimming time minus the strong sea currents, Flic-en-Flac is the perfect place for you. Fringed with filaos or casuarina trees, it is located between the villages of Albion and Tamarin, and its blue waters provide the best setting for beach lovers. Belle Mare Beach can get a little crowded on weekends. But during the week, you may have this beauty of a beach almost all to your self.
If you’re looking to explore the wonderful underwater life, look no further than Blue Bay. Be prepared for an exhilarating time as you swim alongside turtles during a diving escapade or opt for a glass-bottomed boat cruise to see the sea life of Mauritius. At the Marine Park, you can decide to see the underwater world onboard the boat through its glass bottom, or to jump into the water for some swimming and snorkeling.
Le Morne Beach
Le Morne is located on the southwest coast of Mauritius and is a small village overshadowed by a small mountain called Morne. It has a very pleasant public beach that attracts surfers, paragliders and kite surfers, it is slightly windy and this place is an ideal location for these sports. The beach there, has a beautiful view of the mountain and the village is very relaxing and accommodating. This tropical beach is flanked by the 550m-high Le Morne Brabant Mountain, listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Its windy beach is suitable for kite surfing. For history buffs, the beach also provides a deep insight into the history and culture of Maldives.