Mauritius has all the right ingredients for day after day of serious sun-worshipping. Think white coral sands fringed by swaying palm trees and lapped by turquoise lagoons – all with a backdrop of dramatic volcanic mountains. It’s no wonder that 100,000 Brits visited in 2017.
With an extensive coastline stretching more than 330 kilometres, you’ll have your pick of beaches to choose from. The north coast is lively and a prime watersports area, go east for less crowded gems, the south is famed for its high cliffs and high waves, while the west is a popular surfing spot.
Can’t decide which sun-soaked beach to head to? Here are Best at Travel’s favourites…
- Flic en Flac, west coast: popular with families and locals for its calm, shallow waters making it perfect for swimming
- Le Morne, west coast: overlooked by Le Morne Brabant mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Belle Mare, east coast: considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island
- Grand Baie, north coast: filled with bobbing boats, this beach is lively, buzzing and full of activity
- Blue Bay, south coast: this protected marine park is one of the best spots for snorkelling
Where to Stay: LUX* Belle Mare sits on the powder-soft sands of the widest stretch of beach on the island and one of the best along the east coast
Find Out More
Mauritius Travel Guide: an introduction
Nature & Wildlife: from waterfalls to giant tortoises
Adventure & Watersports: getting active
Heritage & Culture: a social melting pot
Cuisine: what to eat and drink