When to go to Mauritius?
Like its neighbour Reunion Island, Mauritius has a tropical climate. Summer runs from November to April, and winter from June to September. The most pleasant season to discover Mauritius is therefore from September to December, when the summer is just beginning and the temperatures remain mild. The off-season from April to May is also a good time to travel as the rainfall remains low and the days are less hot. If you are not a cold person, June, July and August are also suitable, with temperatures around 20°C and cooler night-time temperatures.
If you’re more of a tourist shunner, don’t venture out between December and January, as this is the peak tourist season for the country. The mid-season is from the beginning of August to the end of September, and the low season is from May to July. Must-see places to visit in Mauritius Port Louis
The capital of the island, it is difficult to miss. And yet… Some people, eager to discover the long white sandy beaches, turn their back on this city rich in history!
As a human-sized capital, it is easy to visit. Moreover, this will allow you not to miss anything and to be surprised by its multiple mysteries. The Port-Louis bazaar or its docks are an invitation to stroll and discover. You can then let yourself be guided by the workers who, at the end of the day, depopulate the city to head towards its periphery. Among the must-sees are the East India Garden and the Blue Penny Museum. Grand Bay
Also called the Mauritian Saint-Tropez, this fishing village has become a must for Mauritians and expatriates who find a better quality of life than in Port Louis. The numerous restaurants and bars also make Grand Bay a popular tourist destination. The nightlife is also much more active than in Port-Louis, which is deserted as soon as the sun goes down. For nature lovers, this is not the best place to go for a walk or a swim. Grand Baie has the appeal of a commercial seaside town, of which only the Cuvette beach or the one reserved for the Royal Palm’s clientele remains. It can be a It can be a good stopover to live in the urban tempo of Mauritius.
In total opposition to Grand Bay, Chamarel is a very modest little village. Chamarel is an ideal destination to breathe the air of Mauritian nature. Best known for its “Terres des Sept-Couleurs” (Seven Coloured Lands), these incredible dunes have been shaped by volcanic activity into many colours. The view of the island is exceptional, and its proximity to the sea makes it an ideal and even sufficient place to stay for many. This simplicity makes it an increasingly popular destination for tourists looking for the fresh green air after a day on the beach.
Located in the south of the island, near the Pointe d’Esny, the bay takes its name from its powerful azure colour. Its turquoise waters are breathtaking, and the Blue Bay Marine Park is one of the most beautiful snorkelling sites on Mauritius. You can find rare species of (live) coral and tropical fish at a depth of 5 metres. A one-hour glass-bottom boat ride will cost you about 300 rupees.
Nearby, you can also visit Mahébourg, a charming town with many treasures in its naval museum. The lagoon is also one of the most beautiful on the island, where divers are sure to find something to their liking. Belle Mare
Speaking of beaches, it is difficult to talk about Mauritius without mentioning Belle Mare. This beach is simply one of the most paradisiacal beaches in the country, along with Ile aux Cerfs and the creeks of Roche-Noires. Bordered by filaos all along its length, it remains a little frequented place and remains quiet during the week. At weekends, Mauritians come here to picnic and play music to relax with their families. The absence of excessive tourist constructions allows for peaceful enjoyment. Several excursions and water sports activities are offered on site, such as parasailing and windsurfing.
For a bit of culture, head to Grand Bassin. Also known as “Ganga Talao”. Grand Bassin is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, particularly popular during the annual Maha Shivaratri. The Great Basin is a natural lake surrounded by several Hindu temples. According to legend, it is actually a small lake that originated from one of the drops of the Ganges River, carried by Shiva on his head. Apart from the tourist influx generated by this sacred place, many monkeys wander around in the hope that someone will offer them food. We do not recommend this, as with any unknown animal, they may bite you or ask for more.
Pamplemousse Botanical Garden
This garden is home to hundreds of plant species from all over the world. It is here that you can admire the baobabs and the giant water lilies. There are also many animals such as chameleons, bats and giant tortoises. It is now the 3rd most beautiful botanical garden in the world, and is the pride of Mauritius.
The beach of Morne Brabant
Situated at the foot of the Morne mountain and surrounded by palm trees, this wild beach is one of the most beautiful and quiet on the island. And if you get tired of diving or snorkelling, it is also the ideal spot for a nice walk on its sugar loaf. Indeed, open to all, the sometimes difficult hike takes you to a little less than 250m of altitude, and gives you a 360° view that is well worth the 3 hours of hiking!
If you’re not much of a hiker, horseback riding might be a little more to your liking: the Haras du Morne, at the foot of the mountain, offers horseback riding excursions that can last from 1 to 5 hours depending on what you want to see and do.
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