With miles of coastline and endless white sands, Mauritius offers a dizzying selection of near perfect beaches. So how do you find the one that is right for you? You’re choice will depend on what you are after. Whether its buzzing promenades, rugged cliffs or secluded coves, Mauritius has something for everyone. Scroll through the overview of Mauritius’s best beaches below to find the one that if right for you.
Grand Baie Public Beach – Best Mauritian beach for dining & night life
You can’t get more central than this! Grand Baie’s public beach is located right in the center of the island’s tourist hub and offers a beautiful panoramic of the catamaran speckled azure bay. It’s not necessarily the Mauritian beach you’ll choose to lay on all afternoon. (There are better strips of sand, and the narrow divide between the beach and road tends to get rather congested), still it’s a fine place for an early morning dip or a sun-downer as the sun slips below the bay.
And what it lacks in serenity, Grand Baie makes up in atmosphere. It is the it-place for seaside dining, late night drinking and designer shops. Along the beach road there is always something happening. Trendy restaurants and bars hug the coast and it’s one of the few places in Mauritius where you can dine in-style directly on the sea. It’s also an excellent choice for those who prefer to self-cater with lots of cheap deals to be found right along the main drag.
Mont Choicy – Best Mauritian beach to settle-in for a day
Just east of Grand Baie, Mont Choicy offers a 3 km stretch of reef-protected beach backed by a wide shady enclave insulating it from the road. It is the choice in this region for both tourists and locals who simply want to spend a day relaxing on the sands. The waters are calm and shallow, and come the hot afternoon, the dappled shade of the casuarina trees provides the perfect reprieve from the heat. The beach offers something for everyone, whether it be water sports, grilled seafood, or simply a quiet place to stretch out in the shade. On weekends, the jingles of ice-cream vans fill the air and the park fills with the wafting smells of bbq and briyani as local families flock in for a day at the beach. The atmosphere is festive without ever feeling over crowded.
Trou Aux Biches – Best Mauritian beach to indulge in a bit of sophistication
At Trou aux Biches the line separating the resorts from the public beach becomes a little less clear, and whether or not you’re a guest at one of these fancy establishments, everyone is free to wander the dazzling white sands or spread-out their towel and enjoy the holiday atmosphere. Many resorts on Trou Aux Biches actually welcome non-guests willing to splurge on a beverage or two. It’s the perfect place to indulge a little by an infinity pool and bask in the high-life to the chorus of popping champagne.
Pereybere – Best swimming beach
Just east of Grand Baie, Pereybere is a small but popular beach with spectacular views across Grand Baie. Unlike many of its northern counterparts, the waters here get deep fast making it an ideal place for swimming even at low tide. The beach is backed by a grassy park where you can enjoy some shade in the heat of the day. There are a few nice café’s right next to the sand and plenty of local vendors selling exotic treats.
Blue Bay – Best beach for snorkeling
Just South of Mahebourg, Blue Bay is the closest beach to the airport. It’s worth spending a night or two here, especially if you need to catch an early morning flight. Blue Bay is famed for having the bluest waters in Mauritius and its protected marine sanctuary status means you’ll be able to spot schools of fish and other marine life right off the beach. Blue Bay public beach is not huge so it does tend to get a bit crowded especially on weekends. Also beware that there is little shade so plan on bringing an umbrella if you are staying for the day.
Point d’Esny – Best Mauritian beach to rent a villa
Point Esny is one of the most beautiful stretches of beach anywhere in Mautitius. It shares the same aquamarine waters with its neighbour Blue Bay, but attracts far less crowds. Lined mainly with self-catering villas and a few boutique resorts, it maintains a quiet serenity that you won’t find in any of the islands busier tourist hubs. For those wanting to visit as day-visitors you’ll need a bit of ingenuity to find the long, narrow entranceway that leads down to the beach, but it’s worth it when you discover your own slice of paradise. Better yet, rent a villa and stay for a while.
Flic-en-Flac – Best backpacker beach
There’s something about Flic-en-Flac’s unpretentious vibes and laid back atmosphere that make it simply irresistible, so it’s little surprise that it’s become the most popular beach town in the West. A mecca for cheap holiday rentals, Flic-en-Flac boasts a tremendous public beach stretching the entirety of the town. Still out of reach of encroaching resorts, it’s a place where tourists and locals mingle, bbq and unwind late into the evening.
Flic-en-Flac is also the perfect jumping-off point for some of the islands best activities. It’s famed for the best diving anywhere on the island and sits at the doorway to Black River Gorges national park. And Flic-en-Flac tends to be just a little bit cheaper than its counterparts up north, so it’s a great place for travelers who are budget conscious and those who want to explore what the island has to offer beyond the resorts.
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Wolmar – Best beach to take in the scenery
Wander the beach south from Flic-en-Flac and you will soon round a bend onto what is perhaps Mauritius’s most attractive bits of beach. You’ll know you’ve reached Wolmar when the mountainous backdrop of le Morne comes into clear view and the resorts start popping-up. The waters here aren’t any bluer than down the beach at Flic-en-Flac, but the captivating scenery and palm-tree laden sands make it feel just a little more like paradise than its counterpart’s shady pines. This is another fantastic beach to take a leisurely stroll, sip a cocktail and watch the sun dip into the glass like lagoon.
Gris Gris – Best wild beach
Head to Mauritius’s south coast, and you’ll quickly leave the resort towns behind. This end of the island is ripe for discovery and you’ll have your choice of rocky shorelines, rugged cliffs and hidden sandy coves to explore. Topping the list is Gris Gris beach, a term that appropriately means black magic. Here, pounding waves crash into rugged black clifftops, sheltering a sandy cove below. From above you can experience the true force of nature as wind and spray catapult off the rugged rocks. Down beneath, things are quieter and you’ll likely have the splice of sand all to yourself.
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