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Best Beaches in Mauritius  –  ULTIMATE BEACH GUIDE 2020

TOP BEACHES & BEST SNORKELING SPOT

Explore all the best beaches in Mauritius  and find the beaches close to your hotels. Discover the most beautiful beaches and where to spend your honeymoon and find out why Mauritius is famous (outside the dodo & the underwater waterfall). Explore from the North to the South, the famous beaches and the most beautiful of the islands. If the white sand of Belle Mare on the east is your favourite, why not explore hidden hideaways like Butte a l’herbe. If some prefer to bask on the beach of Mont Choisy, others like more the landscapes of Pointe aux Piments, with its small creeks studded with rocks along the coast, ideal for snorkeling, especially up to Balaclava . Trou aux Biches beach wins all the hearts with the coconut trees and the white sand beach. It is an excellent place to see sea turtles.

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WHERE ARE THE BEST BEACHES

North Coast
LA CUVETTE

No other beach does it like La Cuvette! This place definitely holds an award for one of Mauritius best beaches. Indeed, Mauritius is full of beaches but none of them are alike! It’s your absolute alternative to escape the crowds of Pereybere and Grand Baie Public Beach…

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If you favor tranquility and serenity when at the beach, then La Cuvette is definitely a winner! It is a small beach of a few meters but with a big name and high ranking among Mauritius best beaches. La Cuvette is the perfect photogenic beach with turquoise lagoon (manageable and enjoyable depth) along with soft golden sand expanding through a mere 80 meters.

High seasons attract local hawkers and food trucks within the parking area but another option is to head over to Grand Baie after your swim so you can fill in your stomach to explore more of Mauritius!

Throughout the recent years, La Cuvette has gained much popularity among visitors and guests from nearby hotels as well.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • It is a good option to consider after a long shopping day in Grand Baie as well
  • Never leave your hotel room without your swimming attires when in the North!
  • Do not hesitate to publish that postcard-perfect picture of La Cuvette on your social media feed, guaranteed jealousy and envy among your group of friends!
BAIE AUX TORTUES

On the west coast of Mauritius is a small paradise: the Baie aux Tortues, also known as “Turtle Bay.” It is located about two kilometers south of Pointe aux Piments and about 12 kilometers from the provincial capital of Port Louis…

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Baie aux Tortues, which translates to ‘Turtle Bay’ was named by 17th century sailors because of the abundance of turtles in the area. The lush greenery, white sand beaches and crystal clear water is the reason why many luxury resorts (some of Mauritius best hotels) chose Baie aux Tortues as their preferred location. If you are planning a weekend getaway with your loved ones, Baie aux Tortues should be right on top of your list. On a sunny day, you’ll know why Mauritius is known as the paradise island when you are at Baie aux Tortues.

This bay is one of the most fascinating places for divers and snorkelers in Mauritius. The fine white sand and the clean picnic areas round off the picture of a tropicidylle. And despite its beauty, the Baie aux Tortues is peaceful and unspoilt away from every hustle and bustle – ideal for those who want to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature. The water in the Baie aux Tortues is warm and crystal clear. The coral reef is very close to the coast and is therefore easy to reach. In addition, the coral reef in the Baie aux Tortues is as intact as nowhere else in Mauritius, so the underwater world presents itself particularly colorful and varied. Due to the high number of species, the Baie aux Tortues was declared a Marine National Park in the 1990s. This bay is one of the most fascinating places for divers and snorkelers in Mauritius.

The closest place to Baie aux Tortues is the sleepy village of Balaclava. The accommodations are extremely limited, as the Baie aux Tortues and Balaclava are only a few, very exquisite hotels. Thus, very few holidaymakers refer directly to the Baie aux Tortues. The Baie aux Tortues is an attractive destination for day trips and attracts nature lovers who want to relax undisturbed in a picturesque environment or to enjoy a special diving or snorkeling experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Go Explore Mauritius and Baie aux Tortues!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Get your adventure suits on and go snorkeling to witness the life of larger-than-life sea turtles.
  • Wake up in time for the sunrise at Baie aux Tortues and you won’t regret a second of it.
  • Also visit the marine Park at balaclava
LE GOULET

The public beach of Le Goulet deserves a glance! Located just opposite the village of Baie du Tombeau, on the other side of the mouth of the River Tombeau, this beach is really beautiful.

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The sand is white and fine, typically postcard beaches that attract tourists every year. All along the beach, and especially on the river side, large trees provide a refreshing shade. A kind of concrete bridge crosses the river, but oddly, it stops before the beach. You will have to walk in the water to get there. The bath is reputed to be quite dangerous, especially where the river flows into the sea. So it is advisable to be careful.

The Beach of Le Goulet is quite well visited also for its segregated location and tranquility. Surrounded by lots of greenries as well as a nice sandy beach, the place is much emphasized by fishermen and local hobbyist with their fishing rods on the nearly rocks on the other side of the river estuary.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Ideal for a peaceful time
  • Very isolated and ideal for picnic
POINTE AUX PIMENTS

Simply put, if you are not a fan of Pointe aux Piments, you probably do not like beaches in general because Pointe aux Piments has the picture-perfect setting…

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With beautiful coral reef surrounded by a colossal mountain range, Pointe aux Piments is home to some of the best hotels in Mauritius. At the northern tip of Pointe aux Piments, you will find Mont Choisy, a location where submarine tours take thrill-seekers below the ocean to examine the mystical marine life.

The coral reef at Pointe aux Piments is very close to the coast and is easily accessible. This makes Pointe aux Piments ideal for holidaymakers who want to admire the fascinating coral formations while diving and snorkeling. There is also an aquarium, which gives a good impression of the underwater world around Mauritius.

In addition to the diving organized by the hotel, there are no leisure activities on the beach at Pointe aux Piments.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • There’s plenty to do in the area so wake up early, enjoy the road trip and have a memorable experience.
  • Explore Mauritius Aquarium while you are in Pointe aux Piments, it surely won’t disappoint.
  • Witness a magical sunset. We are sure you could safely use the hash tag #nofilter with prid
BAIN BOEUF

On the west coast of Mauritius is a small paradise: the Baie aux Tortues, also known as “Turtle Bay.” It is located about two kilometers south of Pointe aux Piments and about 12 kilometers from the provincial capital of Port Louis…

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Baie aux Tortues, which translates to ‘Turtle Bay’ was named by 17th century sailors because of the abundance of turtles in the area. The lush greenery, white sand beaches and crystal clear water is the reason why many luxury resorts (some of Mauritius best hotels) chose Baie aux Tortues as their preferred location. If you are planning a weekend getaway with your loved ones, Baie aux Tortues should be right on top of your list. On a sunny day, you’ll know why Mauritius is known as the paradise island when you are at Baie aux Tortues.

This bay is one of the most fascinating places for divers and snorkelers in Mauritius. The fine white sand and the clean picnic areas round off the picture of a tropicidylle. And despite its beauty, the Baie aux Tortues is peaceful and unspoilt away from every hustle and bustle – ideal for those who want to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature. The water in the Baie aux Tortues is warm and crystal clear. The coral reef is very close to the coast and is therefore easy to reach. In addition, the coral reef in the Baie aux Tortues is as intact as nowhere else in Mauritius, so the underwater world presents itself particularly colorful and varied. Due to the high number of species, the Baie aux Tortues was declared a Marine National Park in the 1990s. This bay is one of the most fascinating places for divers and snorkelers in Mauritius.

The closest place to Baie aux Tortues is the sleepy village of Balaclava. The accommodations are extremely limited, as the Baie aux Tortues and Balaclava are only a few, very exquisite hotels. Thus, very few holidaymakers refer directly to the Baie aux Tortues. The Baie aux Tortues is an attractive destination for day trips and attracts nature lovers who want to relax undisturbed in a picturesque environment or to enjoy a special diving or snorkeling experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Go Explore Mauritius and Baie aux Tortues!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Get your adventure suits on and go snorkeling to witness the life of larger-than-life sea turtles.
  • Wake up in time for the sunrise at Baie aux Tortues and you won’t regret a second of it.
  • Also visit the marine Park at balaclava
TROU AUX BICHES

Mauritius is home to some of the best beaches in the region. Located in the North of Mauritius, Trou aux Biches is simply, paradise.

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The white sand, crystal clear azure water and stretch of coconut trees make it a photographer’s paradise for postcard-like sceneries. Whether you choose to work on your tan or get sporty, Trou aux Biches is perfect. With a wide range of water sport activities such as scuba diving and windsurfing, you are sure to satisfy the thrill-seeker in you. However if you choose to simply read a good book on a sunbed and take a dip in the beautiful blue waters, Trou aux Biches welcomes you to do so.

In short, Trou aux Biches is heaven on earth. You’ll know why we say so after you’ve been there.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Spend the entire day at Trou aux Biches. There are plenty of restaurants, ice cream merchants to fill your stomach when you get hungry.
  • Enjoy some of the water sports Trou aux Biches has to offer – Pedalo, Windsurfing, Catamaran, Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Deep sea fishing, Jet Skiing.
  • Don’t forget that tanning lotion, it’s a necessity wherever you go!
  • Best time to visit is at magic hour; sunrise or sunset.
MONT CHOISY 

Mont Choisy is one of Mauritius best beaches and you should totally consider it when figuring out what to do in Mauritius ; especially during week days (this is when the beach is less crowded).

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However, if you fancy some interaction with locals, we recommend you to visit Mont Choisy beach during the weekend when Mauritians spend time among friends and relatives. It can get pretty amazing and exciting for visitors as the day often ends with typical Mauritian Sega music accompanied by other instruments. It’s a remarkable occasion to connect with the island’s multi-culturalism and glaze at how magical this pot-pourri is. The beach also features a football field where locals spend time on evenings and weekends. Beautiful turquoise water and shady areas (thanks to the Casuarina trees) are what we can assure you at Mont Choisy.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Join locals playing some football; believe us they are more than happy when foreigners want to join along for a game!
  • Give a go to some of the water activities available there; satisfy your adrenaline rush!
  • Few aquatic activities on the beach, have some fun
  • Come early and beat the crowd of the weekends ( summer is like St Tropez, not joking)
CAP MALHEUREUX

Cap Malheureux owes its name to all the shipwrecks that took place on its shores. It was also here that the English, in 1810, landed to take possession of the island.

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But now it’s known for its red-roofed church! Postcard decor, breathtaking views of the Gunner’s Corner and the North Islands. Hosting many weddings throughout the year, or couple just coming for a photo shoot to immortalize their union, this place is well appreciated. The small beach in front is home to street vendors to buy fruit, local produce and pareos, or fishermen.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Dont’ forget your camera!
  • Visit the iconic Red Church
PEREYBERE

Can’t decide whether you want family-friendly or white sand beaches with various food options? Well, you don’t have to at this postcard-worthy stretch of beach.

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The pristine shore’s beauty is only matched by the bright blue waters, which are prime for swimming and snorkeling, icing-sugar sand and of course a set of open-air food joints… voila! Job done! Paradise found!

Indeed, if asked to design and illustrate your perception of a perfect beach, Pereybere is probably what you would come up with. Due to its remarkable convenience and beauty but not only- it is also ideal for kids and inexperienced swimmers, the beach gets quite crowded during weekends. However, if you totally do not mind that, the place is worth a visit while you explore Mauritius.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • It’s a good place to taste out some exotic and tropical fruits that Mauritius has to offer.
  • Try out local homemade ice-cream too. We scream for ice-cream, don’t you?
South Coast
RIVIERE DES GALETS

When someone says “beach in Mauritius” you probably think of yellow or white sand, rolling waves, bright sunlight and a beer or fruity cocktail. But beaches come in far more different shapes and colors than some of us might have expected

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Do we have you at untraditional white-sand beach? Something unique on its own… If the answer is yes, head over to Riviere des Galets, down the South coast of Mauritius (if No, do still head over there!). Coming from the river, a countless amount of smooth pebbles cover the shoreline, permitting the place to be called Riviere des Galets (River of Pebbles). Do not expect being able to find a spot for a good swim as Riviere des Galets is not secured by coral reefs and is more often of a surfer’s spot. Witness the waves caressing the shoreline of pebbles that roll down, making an incredibly soothing sound. The place is ideal for some morning meditation by the shore as you can wake up all of your senses.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Swimming is absolutely not recommended, please keep an eye (and hands) on your kids while you explore Mauritius and its unique beache
  • You may proceed there after your scrumptious picnic at St.Felix (follow the coastal road)
  • Listen to the rumbling of the pebbles
ST FELIX

If you ask a beach lover for recommendations of Mauritius best beaches, St Felix would most likely be the one on top of the list; and this for many reasons but principally for its remarkable beauty and exclusivity.

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Located near near the village of Rivière des Galets, in the extreme south of the island between Souillac and Bel Ombre, yet  again on the wild south coast of the island, St Felix is a must-see when in Mauritius.

St.Felix is kept warm in between the towns of Belle Ombre and Souillac and is scrumptiously inviting for its magnificent hues of blue water and green lush coastline. An ultimate color palette idea for your home! All the tropical feels you’ve been looking for! It is one of the most remote and peaceful beaches of the island. St Felix comprises of two small separate beaches. The second part of beach is much more beautiful with a great moment of intimacy with the elements and offers an idyllic setting away from the tourist beaches of the island. The beach is surrounded by dense vegetation contrasting with the white sand and turquoise sea that offers spectacular hues of blue.

St.Felix maintain all the wilderness along with rough waters but is more suitable for swimming when compared to other beaches down the South. If you are wondering what to do in Mauritius on a calm and peaceful day, you might even be able to go for some snorkeling in St Felix.

It is equally ideal for some picnic as the beach proposes a vast green bank adorned by grass. Perfect for the kids to set free and enjoy too! Get set, go and explore Mauritius!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Picnic is always a good idea! Do you hear us?
  • Don’t just disappear like that, warn your family that you won’t come back from Mauritius!
BAIE DE JACOTET

Blending history and nature perfectly, Baie de Jacotet is mostly visited for its proximity to Sanchot Islet. Back in the days, it was where colonies prevailed over each other- a legendary naval site. Sounds like straight out of a historical book but you’ve got to know that Mauritius is much more than just beaches, luxury resorts and coconut trees.

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The Bay of Jacotet got its name from the river flowing into the bay. It is the historic site of the first attack against the Ile de France by the English in 1810. At the mouth of the bay is Ilot Sanchot, famous for its legends of corsairs and pirates at the origin of several hidden treasures. The bay gets busy in winter times where surfers invade the beach for its beautiful waves. It is very isolated and most people miss it.

In fact, Sanchot Islet is itself the main attraction of Baie-de-Jacotet. A small canal separate both land and islet and is accessible by foot (provided you are wearing shoes-you’ll thank us for that!). Once on the islet, you get to admire magnificent views of the ocean and why not go for a treasure hunt since legend has it that the place is where pirates have for long been hiding treasure on Sanchot Islet. It is a good way to explore Mauritius.

Baie-de-Jacotet in itself is surrounded by lush greenery like most beaches on the south coast, the shore is quite rocky on some areas and you might not consider a swim there as there are fare better places down the coastal road. Nevertheless, it is indeed a good place to connect with nature and laze on the beach.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Again, if you’re planning on going to Sanchot Islet, wear proper shoes!
  • If you’re into fishing, this good be a fruitful spot for you!
  • Can be a very good surfing spot with the right conditions
BEL OMBRE

Not all beaches are created equal. Even on the paradise island of Mauritius, some beaches are cooler than everyone else’s beach.

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Bel Ombre is the perfect definition of what people come to Mauritius for: Sea, Sun and Sand; but it is sprinkled with a little bit of magic here and there as well, along its 6km stretch of golden sand.

Although not totally untouched (due to several nearby hotels and resorts- but really good ones; some of Mauritius best hotels), Bel Ombre beach offers crystal clear water and promises the bounty-feeling you’ve been looking for throughout while you explore Mauritius. Indeed, Bel Ombre is the perfect place to just check-out from reality for a while. With nearby resorts, Bel Ombre is a flawless mix of luxury and adventure- golden sand, azure sea, perfect waves guaranteed!  Bel Ombre beach is no exception and occupied by the Hotel Heritage Le Telfair, the Tamassa Hotel , the west part of Bel Ombre public beach is still almost 1,2 kilometres.

You’ll find it difficult to articulate what you like the most about Bel Ombre. It is inviting in its own way. The area is also a well-known kitesurfing spot with several kite-surfs rental options and kite-surf schools. Once there, you’ll see them floating all over the azure sky above you like flamboyant birds.

You will find the nicest stretches near the Bel Ombre roundabout (exit marked with Rivière des Galets). Protected by the coral reef, but still close to open waters, this area is popular with kite surfers. Bring your own gear, or rent from the numerous kite school operators near the hotel beaches. Keep in mind that parts of the St Martin and Bel Ombre reefs are located right next to open waters, and along with that – very strong wind and current. These waters are great for experienced kite and wind surfers, but do respect the Beach Authority signs and warnings. There is plenty of open space for picnics, and with the beach being located a couple of hundred metres from the road, it’s all very quiet.

Yet another, picture-postcard beach, with its turquoise blue and emerald green shades, that makes it the perfect place to take a dip but we’ve warned you, Bel Ombre will steal a big piece of your heart (and soul most probably…). What are you waiting for to explore Mauritius?

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Get emotionally ready! It’s so beautiful you might tear over Mother Nature’s miracles!
  • Not always suitable for novice swimmers (especially during high tides)
LE BOUCHON

Among foreigners we often hear “Where is Mauritius” but among locals we hear “Where is Le Bouchon”.

Believe it or not, this is a place that even locals don’t know about (or at least until a shipwrecked the shore and dispersed oil at Le Bouchon). Since then only, Le Bouchon has been able to lurk out of its incognito status and gain attractiveness among locals and others.

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The swimming area itself isn’t very appealing due to many rocks surrounding it but oh what a beautiful and mesmerizing scenery! All of this lush wilderness surrounding, a tidy and untouched stretch of grass and a nice little patch of sand too.

We bet it serves as a good place for some family gathering; the area is ideal if you have kids.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Try out the fruit pickles from local sellers along the beach
  • It is a good place to meet locals and engage in spontaneous conversations with them
LE MORNE

If there was a beauty pageant for beaches, this little gem in the south west of Mauritius could most definitely take over the crown! Rich in beauty and history, Le Morne is a gorgeous beach enhanced with white-bone sand and turquoise water.

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Governed by the majestic Le Morne Brabant Mountain (icon of Mauritius as it has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), Le Morne holds a special place in the heart of not only many Mauritians but a long list of tourists too!

It is yet another good spot to feast your eyes through some snorkeling session but to top it all, Le Morne is also a hot pick for kite surfers, so take note as this might be a good spot to show off your skills or simply improve them! It is one of Mauritius best beaches to get active at and is surrounded by some good hotel options-in fact, a few of Mauritius best hotels can be found at Le Morne.

If you did not get our point yet, let’s just put it simpler: Le Morne is an entire package on its own, customized to suit each and every one tastes and interests!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Combine with a morning hike at Le Morne Brabant (we can’t say more, just go up to the summit and we’ll talk later). It’s a big surprise up there!
  • We recommend you to read the history of Le Morne with regards to slavery times in Mauritius.
  • Le Morne have one of the best snorkeling spots
  • Try horse riding on the beach
RIAMBEL

Rugged, wild and untouched are just some of the ideal words to describe this jewel of Mauritius. When it comes to beautiful coastlines and picturesque landscapes, it is hard to beat the south.

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Located in the disctict of Savanne, Riambel is one among the off-beaten beaches of the island.  The oceanfront here is beautifully rugged, with a long stretch of pristine beach fringed by palm trees and grassy banks. Still unmarred by touristic development, the purity of the air and splendor of the surroundings ignite a spirit of adventure to visitors.

Also known as Pomponette, Riambel beach offers 2.5 km of wild untouched coastline free of hotels. With less than 200 metres to the coral reef, the waters here are rather lively, but although there are some strong currents in the area, there are plenty of bay like beaches here, with shallow, calm waters.

If you are lucky, the odd snack van will be in the neighborhood, otherwise head for Bel Ombre to the west, or Surinam and Souillac to the east and stock up on food and drinks.

Adored by locals during the weekends, this beach on the south of Mauritius can get pretty crowded. Blame it on its postcard-worthy stretch of beach. The pristine shore’s beauty is only matched by the bright blue waters, but get wild due to strong currents. If you’re a beginner swimmer it is less recommended for you to get into the waters at Riambel as it is quite risky due to rough waters. Indeed it’s less of a swimming locale, but one thing is for sure –it is one of Mauritius best beaches to have plenty of shots to post on Instagram.

Good to know: It is one of the few beaches that are still intact from tourism infrastructures, safe from development and degradation

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Stick to your squad when swimming, avoid risking it alone and keep an eye on children while at Riambel due to the strong currents and vigorous waters on the south coast.
  • Alternatively, build sandcastles. There’s no specific age for that, come on!
  • Get emotionally ready! It’s so beautiful you might tear over Mother Nature’s miracles!
  • Not always suitable for novice swimmers (especially during high tides)
LA PRAIRIE

With its picturesque backdrop of Le Morne Brabant in the distance, the area is a popular picnic spot for local families from the neighbouring villages, such as L’Embrassure, St Martin and Bel Ombre, but also from the larger nearby towns of Chemin Grenier and Souillac.

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La Prairie is a vast stretch of grass and beach land, located between Le Morne Village and Baie du Cap in the southwest of Mauritius.

A so-very peaceful spot in Mauritius, you’d wish you could build a little cabana and stay there forever! La Prairie offers a large stretch of grass, so rest assured you won’t really have to contend with screaming children (unless they’re the really loud ones) and unbearable couples engaging in public displays of affection. It is one of the best beach experience if you are looking to be uninterrupted by these distractions yet being able to witness local lifestyle since many of them try their level best to get a little spot there for a family picnic. There’s a sufficient amount of shade as well and once in a blue moon (kidding! more often than that) you might be able to catch a cone from the ice-cream sellers who come and go (more likely during weekends). It is also a good spot to hit with man’s best friend as they freely run across the large stretch of land to finally slip into the water, and glide off in one majestic swoosh; like they’re in their element!

Another worthy reason why this beach needs to be on your list of Mauritius best beaches is for its incredible backdrop view of Le Morne Brabant, which looks straight out of a movie scene. We’re giving you some ideas but let’s confess, someone could easily make some millions by filming a movie or documentary with such a view, hey!

There are no hotels or accommodation as such nearby/at La Prairie so it is ideal for a day trip while on a road trip from the west coast to the south coast of Mauritius.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Wondering what to do in Mauritius? Get your little picnic basket ready and set off to La Prairie– along with the typical red checkered picnic cloth!
  • Consider extending your stay in Mauritius as you will be seduced by the atmosphere of this beach, so you might want to come back on another day too!
  • If travelling with kids, keep an eye on them as La Prairie is located right along the main road
  • There are no facilities such as public toilets/bathrooms at La Prairie so come prepared!
POINTE D’ESNY

Escape the Blue Bay beach frenzy and visit this hidden pearl on the outskirts of south Mahébourg. Pointe d’esny beach is one of the best kept secrets of the east coast beaches in Mauritius.

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In our very humble opinion, no trip to Mauritius is complete without a visit to Pointe D’Esny. Unique on its own, Pointe D’Esny is one of Mauritius best beaches that are a must-see! It is less likely to be crowded as compared to the public beach of Blue Bay and this is what makes Pointe D’Esny a heart winner among many travelers (let’s keep the ‘tourists’ away).

What Pointe D’Esny promises is a daily dose of magic sunset moments. As if it was from a painting, with the different hues of pink, purple, blue and orange sky and sail boats as props. Indeed an eye-popping experience!

The beach is accessible through a narrow pathway from the coastal road, as if you were to discover a little treasure at the end of it. Still wondering what to do in Mauritius? Answer is: Explore Mauritius!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Pack some icy good old wine and a beach mat for the most romantic sunset!
  • You’ll probably need eye drops because it gets so beautiful, it hurts!
  • There are amazing snorkeling spot around the reefs
LA CAMBUSE

What do you crave the most after a long flight? Some good sleep? Come on, this is for regular people not us wanderers! Since we’re here to explore Mauritius we will head right down to the beach!

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This is the deal Mauritius has to offer, a large stretch of golden sand beach, a few minutes away from the airport! Yes you’ve heard right! La Cambuse Beach is located near the village of Mon Desert, in the southeast part of Mauritius. This is one of the many beaches of Mauritius situated in the Grand Port district.

With a vast patch of grass, it is very possible for you to get some rest under the trees too and why not come back on another day with a big picnic basket and your camping materials?

La Cambuse has some particular wild traits and tends to be a windy beach; the currents and waves can get out of hands so it is highly recommended to be on your guard during those times.

Nevertheless, it is a great location for a first dip in one of Mauritius best beaches. It is one of the many things to do and see in Mauritius.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Stroll around the whole beach stretch which is quite wide; this is a good first initiative to explore Mauritius!
  • Make sure you pack your swimming suits in your hand luggage, so it’s easier!
SOUILLAC & GRIS GRIS 

Although the island has no shortage of beautiful white-sand beaches for lazing around, why not take a break from the usual bone-white coastlines, azure seas and sensuous luxury resorts to let Gris Gris amaze you with its wild side?

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We promise you; it is truly a nature’s masterpiece! Uncover Mauritius’ grandiose landscape with Gris Gris’ tremendous waves. Do not waste time and explore Mauritius best beaches!

Nestled on the south of the island, Gris Gris deserves its name for its bipolar atmosphere combining windy and gloomy sky with the bluest horizon. Although you’ll be tempted to do so, it is strictly prohibited to swim or cliff jump at Gris Gris. Blame it on the strong currents that have often leaded to several drowning cases, alerting the authorities to severely tighten swimming.

Although limited, you will be able to find a few guesthouses and restaurants at the entrance parking of Gris Gris, promising authentic Mauritian hospitality and Creole delicacies. If fortune favors, you’ll also be able to satisfy your sweet tooth crave; thanks to the multiple ice cream trucks roaming from beach to beach.

If you think Gris Gris is only about enormous waves crashing against the cliffs, then you’re wrong. The area holds a mesmerizing lush green flora which is home to many local endemic birds leading you to the end of the headland to witness the famous “La Roche Qui Pleure” and “Pont Naturel”; two landmarks in the district of Souillac.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Visit the Telfair Garden & the Robert Edward Hart Museum
  • Avoid getting to close to the cliffs edge if you wish to see more of Mauritius
  • It can get pretty windy up in Gris Gris, you might want to consider bringing a thin jumper
  • The cold months could be of your interest if you’re fascinated by gigantic marine mammals, also known as… whales! Do we need to say more?
  • Complete your Gris Gris experience with an ultimate road trip along the South coastline starting from the south west to the south east or vice versa!
West Coast
LA PRENEUSE

If you’re looking for a break from the bustling crowds, this tranquil beach located on the west coast of Mauritius could be the perfect pick for you! This is often an overlooked beach due to its seclusion but do not underestimate sunset time at La Preneuse as it gets truly magical! Yet another experience to consider when you’re looking for what to do in Mauritius.

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Most fishing activities depart from La Preneuse, so it is a good experience to witness on an early morning jog. It also serves as a hub for other activities such as boat transfers to Ile aux Benitiers and dolphin watching off the coast. On a low tide, La Preneuse surprises you once again. Here appears a little sand bank which is eventually not visible on high tides and worth a picture.

There is nothing much happening at La Preneuse, except on weekends when locals enjoy their family day out. It is also a good spot to observe local lifestyle and get to know why they consider Sunday as sacred.  It is one of the locals’ most favored spot for a good picnic after their weekly Sunday mass.

The area is surrounded with nice and cosy guesthouses/apartment options and one of your must-try should include The Bay – restaurant with a pool access, which offers a variety of selections on their menu ranging from local dishes, cocktails and more. It is indeed a family-friendly restaurant (tantrum-free since the kids will be having fun in the pool).

However, lately, La Preneuse has been subject to Mother Nature’s deception from humankind – erosion. This has led to a big loss of coastal land in La Preneuse, forcing authorities to take action and place study geotextile bags filled with sand for temporary defense and protection.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Best enjoyed for a morning jog (bring along breakfast, because why not?)
  • Ideal for sunset
  • Beware of the currents , they can get pretty bad on a windy day
SABLE NOIR

After Pointe aux Sables, on your way to Port-Louis, a small but curious beach will fascinate your attention. It is very close to Port-Louis and this beach is different to all other beaches around the island, it is the only one with black sand.

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There are only a handful of black sand beaches in the world and Mauritius is home to one. Sable Noir is the closest beach to Port Louis. This beach stands out from the rest for its black sand and shipwrecks. There are 2 shipwrecks in the lagoon and it is a very interesting place worth the top for a photo. You will find no food caravan here or no hotels.If you are driving past the capital city while you explore Mauritius, be sure to stop by Sable Noir to soak in a different experience from the usual. The still water accompanied by black sand and shipwrecks form quite a picturesque setting.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • You won’t be getting into the water so for once; you can leave your swimwear at home when going to the beach!
  • You won’t be spending much time at Sable Noir so it is best enjoyed when combined with a trip to Port Louis.
BALACLAVA

Sitting on golden sands, you might want to find refuge at one of the finest hotels located at Balaclava. A few of Mauritius best hotels in fact… and there are several reasons for that.

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Think waves lapping against golden sand, along with a mesmerizing coral barrier reef making it the go-to spot for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. This is where all your beachy needs are met, starting from a morning jog in the sand to sourcing the perfect hammock spot.

Should the crowd bother you (during peak seasons or weekends), you can always walk back up to your hotel’s pool area. Indeed, a great way to enjoy a beach holiday. Likewise, Balaclava is rich in history and plays a big role in Mauritius’ historical heritage. Once in the area, you will be able to spot on a few preserved ruins such as old mills and a distillery.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Snorkeling gear! Essential!
  • On the way to Balaclava, stop by Triolet to stock up on some food and beverages as Balaclava does not have much of an option.
ALBION

Albion is yet another sublime beach that is located in the district of Black River. Not to be confused with Albion Club Med Beach that is more or less private, Albion also has a public beach that welcomes all.

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Although the public beach welcomes everyone, not many select Albion as their choice of preference. This often makes this beach the perfect place to quietly observe the soothing sound of waves and of course, strike a pose for Instagram with no shame.

This beach offers great possibilities for either a quiet day out or an evening barbecue, or why not both! Access the beach and the village of Albion from either Bambous Road or from the village of Petit Riviere. Due to its location, most tourists never seem to find their way to Albion, and as such, the beach offers plenty of peace, quiet and space for everyone.

There are clean public restrooms available next to the beach, near the bus terminus, and the forested area behind it offers public barbecue areas as well as plenty of benches where you can rest your legs.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • In case you forgot to bring some knick-knacks, there is a supermarket very conveniently located in front of the beach to grab a can of Phoenix and a packet of Murukku
  • Tanning lotion & Sunglasses! (Can’t emphasize on the importance more)
  • Visit the caves and lighhouse
FLIC EN FLAC

Derived from an Old Dutch phrase that translates to “Free and Flat Land”, Flic en Flac is best known for its vibrant underwater world, extended white sand beaches and azure water. Camping too is a popular choice among locals as there is plenty of room along the 8km stretch of white sand.

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Flic-en-Flac is home to several coconut trees, which offer many shady places to sit back and unwind. On a clear day, what more can you ask for apart from crystal clear water, white sand and a shady spot under a coconut tree to get cozy? Indeed a good way to explore Mauritius!

If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, fear not as Flic-en-Flac is also renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling. Grab your aqua gear and dive right into the azure waters as you are in for a treat down under. By now, you should know what to do in Mauritius!

Foodies rejoice! Well, if you’re not a foodie you should still rejoice as Flic-en-Flac hosts a vast array of local delicacies via food trucks. Some of the must try items are the rotis and pickles. Whether you choose to relax under a shady tree the whole day or examine the underwater world of Flic-en-Flac, you can be rest assured your food cravings will be satisfied along with it!

Yet another beach to add to your “Mauritius Best Beaches” list and share among friends!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • If you forget to bring your snorkeling gear, you’re losing out big time!
  • Pack a good book so that cozy spot under a tree can be put to good use
  • Tanning lotion & sunglasses are never optional in Mauritius
  • A few coins to indulge in the delicious mango pickle
  • Check out the restaurants along the main road
TAMARIN BEACH 

Tamarin is an animated and lively village, especially around its public beach, at the mouth of the Tamarin River, particularly appreciated by surfers. The beach of Tamarin is not like the other beaches of the island. It reveals a different atmosphere, unique, with its brown sand.

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Indeed, the mixture of fresh water of the river, whose mouth separates the beach in two, with the salt water of the sea, alters the minerals contained in the sand. It is this interaction that makes the sand of Tamarin beach darker. But do not let this color stop you! With the waves in the Tamarin Bay, the sand in the water is particularly pure. No stone remains long at the bottom, and you can be sure to put your feet in peace. It is especially during the winter that the waves are surfing

OH Tamarin Bay, loved around the world by surfers for its majestic waves; loved around beach babes for showcasing an array of hot, shirtless surfers! Bonus Point: Homegrown hotties with sun-bleached sandy curls and a pretty good set of abs! Does that convince you to visit yet?

It’s known for its cool vibes (especially on weekends). You’ve got two options once there; if you’re here to work on those tan lines, head right ( cross the river ) and find yourself a spot to start on your barbecuing. If not, remain under the shades of the Casuarina trees. Do not expect bone-white sand in Tamarin Bay, it is like most  surfing spots; with a darker shade of thin sand; but its enhanced due to the river connection.

If you’re looking at what to do in Mauritius- Tamarin has a unique groovy ambience, especially since it is more popular among youngsters/millennials who like to come with their squad to chill with some nice acoustic music followed by a campfire in the late evening.

It is also one of Mauritius best beaches to witness dolphins; however it can get pretty crowded in the early morning (but we’ve got you covered with alternative spots for this experience so stay tuned!).

Fret not, the region of Tamarin is naturally fettered with Mauritius best hotels of all shapes and sizes so you can definitely find some at affordable prices too (everything made easy for you to explore Mauritius)

Indeed a FUNtastic place to be!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • We repeat, SUNGLASSES! Essential!
  • Some money to get taste of the must-try Mauritian dumplings
  • Surfboard
East Coast
ILE AUX CERFS

If you pick up a tourist guidebook in Mauritius and see a dreamy location on the cover, there is a high possibility that it is Ile Aux Cerfs as it has to be one of Mauritius best beaches ; if not THE best (in our humble opinion). Yes it is that iconic!

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Pearl of Mauritius, a true icon depicted on all tourist guides, Ile aux Cerfs is like a little paradise on earth. 87 hectares bordered by white sand. To come to Mauritius without visiting at least once this place with the magic charm, is to make an incomplete journey. There are three access points

  • The public beach – Public access
  • The main pier at Trou d’Eau Douce – Public access
  • Pointe Jérôme (managed by Sun Resorts) – Private

On the public beach, you have all the time a boat rotation. The island’s vision resembles a postcard with its turquoise-lagoon lagoon, mangrove swamp and abundant tropical vegetation. There are plenty of water sports: kayaking, canoeing, sailing, parasailing etc. In addition to its large public beach, Ile aux Cerfs also hides many peaceful corners or you can privately enjoy magnificent small beaches. But you can also rest in one of the three restaurants open to the public.

With its turquoise blue water bone-white sand, this beach steals a soft spot in every visitor’s heart. With a breath-taking underwater world, Ile Aux Cerfs is highly recommended for snorkeling. The area is also known for many water sport activities such as kayaking, canoeing and parasailing. However if you are someone who likes to just kick back and relax, there are plenty of private and peaceful spots to do so. This sounds too good to be true but it is true so head to Ile Aux Cerfs and allow it to steal your heart. Explore Mauritius and its beyond!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Make full use of the water sports in the area, they sure don’t disappoint!
  • A ‘not to be missed experience’ is the Catamaran Cruise
  • Take panoramic pictures so you can capture more of Ile Aux Cerfs’ beauty with every click
TROU D’EAU DOUCE

A privileged destination for holidaymakers. The area of ​​Trou d’Eau Douce and in particular the ile aux Cerfs is a must visit in Mauritius. On the east coast, between Belle Mare and Belle Air, the village of Trou d’Eau Douce lazily stretches along the sea.

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With a name that speaks for itself- Trou D’eau Douce is a charming bay with a river meeting the ocean. It is so laidback that it depicts the authentic and old Mauritius beach scene, indeed one of Mauritius best beaches. The area also homes a few of Mauritius best hotels and it is a good recommendation to spend time on this side of the island.

From Trou D’eau Douce you can conveniently hop on a boat to visit Ile aux Cerfs- Mauritius’ icon! The beach at Trou D’eau Douce guarantees calm and tranquil waters away from the bustling crowds and splashes.

The area is coupled with several facilities such as shops and supermarkets as well as a few local joints to grab some local delicacies. It is indeed a good hub to explore Mauritius and its whereabouts.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Good and smooth little reggae by the beach is always a good idea!
  • Always bargain your price down when offered to go on a boat trip to Ile aux Cerfs!
POINTE DE FLACQ

Since we’ve combed every inch of Mauritius to find the best beaches available, we’ve come up with this one for you. Now you’ll know what to do in Mauritius when you are in need of a good beach day out!

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Besides being one of Mauritius best beaches to hang out at, Pointe de Flacq is home to Mauritius best hotels, Le One & Only, Le St Geran. Here you’ll find the most luxurious and exclusive stays (if that’s your kind of thing!).

Get ready to be amazed by the beach swaying palms and white sand.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • If you’re looking for privacy and intimacy, hotels in Pointe de Flacq are definitely a pick for you!
BRAS D’EAU

We have to list Bras D’eau as Mauritius’ most stunning stretch of beach for the ultimate family picnic! Let yourself get swept away by its magnificent shores and the calming waters for a relaxing day out.

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If you’re a picnic lover and enjoy good times among friends and relatives, this beach should most definitely be on your bucket list.

Bras D’eau is backed up with unbelievable clear water, sparkled with darker shades due to the presence of rocks. But oh man, what a good combination of Mother Nature’s creations! It’s easy to see why we name it as a little jewel among Mauritius best beaches.

Untouched, rarely visited and indeed so-very pristine – these may sound like basic traits for you but they surely add up to the unique features of this unspoiled stretch of sand!

From the beach, you’ll also be able to head over to Bras D’eau National Park – unvealing Mauritius’ natural beauty! Get your eyes ready for a feast!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Bring along a fully filled picnic basket and some fun beach games for the day!
  • Do pack some trainers in case you plan on dropping by the Bras d’Eau National Park!
POSTE LAFAYETTE

Hankering for a day in shallow waters? Then this is a place you should definitely consider while you explore Mauritius!

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On one side, expect calm waters along a stretch of golden sand, forming a bay and nicely protected from big waves. The surroundings are covered with volcanic formations. On the other side of the beach, one can also enjoy big waves for some kite surfing as the wind condition is equally favorable there. In fact, it is one of Mauritius best beaches for such activities.

You will also be able to spot a few mangroves at Poste Lafayette; a few of the last ones that remain on the island.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Not the best beach for swimming, be mindful of strong currents
  • Bring out your bros’ squad for an epic day out kitesurfing!
ROCHE NOIRE

Neighbour of Poste Lafayette, Roches Noires is also surrounded by volcanic formations. In fact, its name depicts how it looks like “Black Rocks”. Although not being one of Mauritius best beaches, it is a good option to consider while you stroll around as it is conveniently located next to other beaches.

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Roche Noire owes its name to the volcanic formation caves which offered a safe hiding place to the brown slaves and also to the color of the volcanic rocks that rise on the beach. The village has a natural jewel, a tunnel of lava situated 7 meters underground in the center of the locality. Nicknamed “la cave Madame”, this tunnel of lava is the fruit of a volcanic eruption that would have occurred more than 25000 years ago. From Roche Noire one succeeds numerous small coves of white sand and volcanic rocks.

Swimming at roches-noires is mostly recommended to experiences swimmers due to the rocky formations. Nevertheless, it is yet another beach to explore while in Mauritius, especially if what you’re looking for is privacy and untouched surroundings.

There is not much happening at the beach and this could be ideal for a good beer stop while you drive around the island to explore Mauritius.

Roches Noires’ unique selling point is eventually the black rocks formation from past volcanic remnants and this could be an experience you wish to lure on when wondering what to do in Mauritius.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Snorkeling gear! Essential!
  • On the way to Balaclava, stop by Triolet to stock up on some food and beverages as Balaclava does not have much of an option.
PALMAR BEACH

Small and tranquil, Palmar is more or less one of the most “timid” beaches in Mauritius. It doesn’t attract a big crowd as well and there isn’t much to do there.

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It’s a good option if you are not keen to interact with humanity today! It happens, we know it. Some days we all need some time on our own to find our inner self and get back in a better condition!

It isn’t one of the best beaches out there but it nestles decent hotel options. It is a good place to drop by while visiting the east of the island, probably for some rest or for a cold drink! After all, you know your best way to enjoy and explore Mauritius!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Pack a cooler box filled with ice drinks!
  • Can hide some amazing snorkeling spots
  • Be mindful of tidal currents and strong rips around the rocks
Grand Gaube

Grand Gaube public beach is one of the most popular beaches among visitors; as well as locals (especially on weekends). It hosts a few of Mauritius best hotels as well!! You’ll find a limited amount of sand stretches in Grand Gaube as the place is nicely coated with well-maintained grass patches.

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Grand Gaube is actually a small village located at the tip of the northeast coast of the island. At first sight, the village seems to have been forgotten by the train of development. But it is nevertheless picturesque and sympathetic by its authenticity and simplicity of its inhabitants, mostly fishermen, hotel employees or factories of the region. It is in this village with creole accents that the east coast of the country begins, the longest coast of the island, where the sand often gives way to small dark rocks and where the shallow water is quite agitated.

The area proposes a few options for restaurants and local snacks but remain quiet most of the week days; unless you are at the hotel grounds. The beach is also easily accessible by public transport as there are several local buses companies driving around the area.

Nevertheless, what is striking is that Grand Gaube has been nicely saved from tourist development (except from the few nice hotels around), it has been able to maintain its authentic traits and simple local lifestyle. It is indeed a good place to reside in if you want to get a real taste of Mauritian’s local fishermen lifestyle and everyday happenings. It is a good alternative for the touristic scene of the north coast.

Contrary to other beaches in Mauritius, Grand Gaube does not depict what its name really means, rather than being big it is quite small and laidback. As if time had stop over the village, it has a collection of other small beaches as well.Indeed a good way to explore Mauritius!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • It’s a great fishing spot for beginners. You could catch your dinner there! P.s you won’t catch a marlin though!
BUTTE A L’HERBE

Butte à L’Herbe is nearby Pointe aux Roches and Calodyne. The area is an island, connected to the mainland by a couple of small bridges.

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Butte à l’Herbe has a small pine forest in the center of the island, it is an ideal place to enjoy the serenity of the surroundings, the picnic areas and the great views of the Indian Ocean

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Most visitors don’t come here to swim, but instead enjoy the serenity of the place
BELLE MARE 

As if you didn’t have enough worthy reasons to go to Mauritius; we come up and add yet another magnificent beach to see! But you’re happy about it right?

Belle Mare being yet a small place; holds a very special reputation among locals and visitors of the island!

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Blame it on its beauty, it is one of the loveliest stop while on holiday in Mauritius. Yet another white-bone sand beach that makes it to the top of Mauritius best beaches list. The area is coupled with an array of hotels as well. Not to brag about it but Belle Mare hides some of Mauritius best hotels that promise authentic Mauritian hospitality.

Belle Mare is equally blessed with a sacred lagoon, rich in marine species and there are often sightings of eagle rays and reef sharks closed to the barrier reefs. Diving and snorkeling in Belle Mare could be an ultimate option to add when considering what to do in Mauritius.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Snorkeling set and there we go! Discover yet a whole new world!
  • Diving is a big pull there, give it a try!
  • Golf lovers this is a good place for you! Not 1 and 2 world renowned championship courses! Double the excitement.