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Mauritius Overview

Mauritius where to go

Port Louis
The city has plenty of character and, in some quarters, signs of its past elegance are still evident. Off the main square, the palm-lined Place d’Armes, there are some particularly fine French colonial buildings, especially Government House (built in 1738) and the Municipal Theater, built around the same time.

Grand Baie
The northern coastline beyond Baie du Tombeau has many delightful beaches: Pointe aux Piments, famous for its underwater scenery; Trou aux Biches, with its fringe of filaos (casuarina) and coconut palms and its splendid Hindu temple; further up the coast, Choisy, one of the most popular beaches on the island, offering facilities for safe bathing, sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing; finally, the coastline curves into Grand Baie itself, the main center for yachting, water-skiing, windsurfing and many other sports.

Pereybere
This delightful little cove is midway on the coast road between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux. The deep, clear water makes it one of the very best bathing places on the whole island.

Cap Malheureux
This is a fishing village in the extreme north, with a magnificent view of Flat Island, Round Island and Gunner’s Quoin, which are islands of volcanic origin, rising from the light-green sea.

Grand Gaube
Further along the coast is another charming fishing village where fishermen have earned a well-deserved reputation for their skill in the making of sailing craft and of deep-sea fishing.

Roches Noires / Poste Lafayette
These are both favored seaside resorts, especially in the hotter months, because of the fresh prevailing winds that blow almost all the year round from the sea.

Mauritius Weather

Winter, from May to October is warm and dry. Summer from November to April is hot, humid and rainy. Cyclones occur between January and March. Sea breezes blow all year, especially on the east coast, and the inland central plateau around Curepipe is cooler and rainy year round.

Required Clothing
Tropical lightweights, with warmer wear for evenings and winter months. Rainwear advisable all year round. In the summer months, sun-care products and a hat are advisable and long sleeves and trousers to help prevent insect bites.

Food

National specialties:
• Venison (in season).
• Camarons (freshwater prawns) in hot sauces.
• Octopus.
• Dholl purri (a wheat pancake stuffed with ground peas and served with curry).
• Gateaux piments (chilli cakes).

National drinks:
• Rum.
• Beer.

Nightlife
Grand Baie is the center of the island’s nightlife, with bars with live music, restaurants and nightclubs. Port Louis has mainly restaurants and bars. Riviere Noire is a Creole fishermen’s district where sega dancing is especially lively on Saturday nights. Sega troupes give performances at most hotels. Gamblers are lavishly catered for; casinos are among the island’s attractions.

Mauritius Shopping
There is many things for shopping .like it designer clothing, jewelry and handicrafts in Port Louis’ Caudan Waterfront to rooting around for T-shirts and souvenirs upstairs in the capital’s bustling Central Market.while catching up on the gossip. Island crafts, found at the craft market at The Caudan include jewelry, Chinese and Indian jade, silks, basketry, glass and model ships.
• Alouda (almond-flavored)
• Fresh coconut milk.

Mauritius Activities
There are many beautiful Beaches, lagoons and inlets around the coast offer plenty of opportunity for safe swimming, supplemented by hotel swimming pools. Grand Baie, north of Pamplemousses Gardens, is a popular beach for diving.

Golf
This is becoming increasingly popular on Mauritius, with an annual Golf Open held in December. Golf courses offering 18 holes are at Belle Mare Plage in the northeast and the Le Paradis at the Le Morne in the southwest, and the Ile Aux Cerf golf course. Smaller rounds can be played at St Geran Hotel, Trou aux-Biches, La Pirogue, Sugar Beach and Maritim which offer nine holes.

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