Mauritius Travel Guide

The Complete Guide to Mauritius

Top 10 Beaches

1. Baie du Tamarin

Flic en Flac

The Baie du Tamarin is a popular beach in the west of Mauritius. It is also the only beach on this side of the island that isn't protected from the open ocean by a coral reef, so strong waves sometimes break on the beach, especially in the winter months from June to September. The Baie du Tamarin is therefore a real paradise for surfers, who can ride the waves and experience the might of the ocean all at once. Locals are particularly fond of this beach, especially at the weekend, when picnics are popular, with Mauritian families assembling to enjoy the idyllic setting.

Facts:
Perfect spot for surfing
Ideal for picnics
Can easily be reached by car or bus
Waves are common
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2. Belle Mare

Belle Mare is a wonderful long beach in the east of Mauritius. With turquoise water, palm trees, and white, powdery-fine sand, it is a true beach paradise. Besides two resorts, there are small snack carts on the beach which serve up cold drinks and local dishes. Snorkelling fans will appreciate the Passe de Belle Mare, where colourful clownfish and corals await discovery. All in all, Belle Mare is a true Robinson Crusoe experience, and is ideal for the whole family.

Facts:
Perfect for snorkelling
Snack carts
Can be reached by car
Calm water
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3. Blue Bay

Flic en Flac

Blue Bay is a spectacular beach in the south-east of Mauritius. The intact coral reef here is ideal for snorkelling, or, for those who want something more unique, you can walk along the ocean floor with breathing equipment on, a real alternative to snorkelling or diving. The beach is also popular amongst locals at the weekend, and tourists at all times. This is largely thanks to the tropical atmosphere of the beach, which will leave an impression on all those who visit.

Facts:
Unterwater walking on the ocean floor
Impressive marine park
Can be reached by car
Good for windsurfing
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4. Flic en Flac

Grand Baie

Flic en Flac is one of the longest beaches on the island of Mauritius, and offers everything that you might expect from a beach. Besides beautiful white sand and shimmering water, the size of the beach ensures that you can always find a spot to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet, even in high season. Small stalls serve local food, which is well worth a try for those looking for the perfect holiday feeling. As the beach can sometimes experience underwater currents, there are also designated swimming areas.

Facts:
Perfect for long walks on the beach
Stalls serving local snacks
Can be reached by car
Sometimes strong currents
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5. Grand Baie

Ile aux Cerfs

The beach at the tourist centre, Grand Baie, lies within walking distance of numerous accommodations. On the beach, there are usually lots of small excursion and fishing boats around, which can somewhat disturb the idyllic atmosphere of the beach. However, the beach is ideal for its restaurants or for a quick refreshment. The local smoothie and fruit stands are well worth checking out. Somewhat further to the north and the south of the beach are incredible stretches of sand which are incomparable to anywhere else in the world. In the evening hours, the restaurants and beach clubs remain lively into the night.

Facts:
Starting point for boat excursions
Beach restaurants and smoothie stands
Can be reached by car
Good for quick refreshments
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6. Ile aux Cerfs

The Île aux Cerfs is a small offshore island which you can reach by taking the boat from Trou d'Eau Douce. This short journey will cost between 300 and 900 rupees. The island is a popular tourist destination thanks to its stunning beaches and shallow lagoon water, which is ideal for families with children. Besides that, the island is home to an 18-hole golf course and a climbing park. Finally, snorkelling fans should bring their equipment along, as the underwater scenery here is wonderful.

Facts:
Incredible beaches
Beach restaurants and bars
Can be reached by boat
Watersports on-site
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7. Trou aux Biches

In the north-west of the island is the beautiful beach of Trou aux Biches. This 2 km (1.25 mile) beach impresses with soft sand and imposing palm trees, and is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius. The ocean is protected from the open ocean by the offshore reef, and a local diving school offers tourists to discover this reef and the underwater world a little more closely. The beach itself is ideal for sunbathing, and offers excellent sunset views in the evening.

Facts:
Great spot for snorkelling
Lots of beach restaurants and bars
Can be reached by car or bus
Romantic sunset spot
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8. Le Morne Public Beach

Le Morne Public Beach

The beach at Le Morne is located on a small peninsula in the south-west of Mauritius. Kitesurfers from across the globe come here to experience the excellent watersport conditions that the beach offers, while a nearby kite school offers courses and will also rent you equipment if you need it. The laid-back, inviting atmosphere contrasted with the imposing Le Morne Brabant mountain lends the beach a unique atmosphere compared to other beaches. Anyone visiting Mauritius should be sure to stop by at the beach during their stay.

Facts:
Perfect for kitesurfing and surfing
Snack stands and smoothie bars
Can be reached by car
Spectacular sunsets
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9. Bel Ombre Beach (Outrigger Beach)

Trou aux Biches

In the south of Mauritius, you can find the idyllic town of Bel Ombre, which is also home to the eponymous Bel Ombre beach. White sand, turquoise water, and beautiful green palm trees await you here, while the neighbouring beach resort offers snacks and drinks. Besides that, you can take part in diving courses here. The beach is also ideal for snorkelling thanks to the offshore coral reef.

Facts:
Ideal for snorkelling
Home to restaurants and bars
Can be reached by car
Perfect for relaxing
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10. La Cuvette

Above Grand Baie, in the north-west of the island, lies the somewhat small La Cuvette beach. Thanks to palm trees, fine sand, and crystal-clear water, this is the ideal beach for a day at the seaside. There is also a diving school to help you discover the underwater world of Mauritius. The beach itself is surrounded by rocks, and behind the beach there are a number of stalls with local dishes.

Facts:
Ideal beach for swimming
Stalls with local dishes
Fine, soft sand
Diving school right at the beach
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