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Ocean Villas private beach

Who are in a better position than us, locals to tell you about our beaches? Without a doubt, we are in a better position to share with you our local experiences on the public beaches of Mauritius.

It is a privilege to recommend our local favourites and introduce to you small and secluded beaches that other tourist websites do not tell you about.

For your convenience, we have classified the beaches geographically, so you can better plan your holiday.

La Cuvette, 1 km from Ocean Villas

Nestled and slightly hidden away from the excited crowd in Grand Baie, this smaller stretch of sand offers a nice place to relax and enjoy the view on the other side of the bay. Recently La Cuvette public beach experienced an uplifting with a new landscape, toilet and kiosk facilities and a new Chinese restaurant, Ocean Restaurant. The uplifting was required following protests from the Royal Palm hotel as many locals went to its next-door beach.

Mont Choisy, 1 km from Ocean Villas

This amazing stretch of sand of approximately 1km is perfect for families with children. Great for windsurfing, water-skiing and parasailing, given its expanse of wide blue sea. It is a favourite spot for locals during weekends (especially Sundays) and often during school holidays to camp overnight and have barbeques on the beach. Easily accessible from the main road and lots of parking is available.

Trou aux Biches, 3 kms from Ocean Villas

Popular for its long and wide sandy beach and easy access, Trou aux Biches offers a wide expanse of sand. No wonder the Trou aux Biches hotel and casino is built there, some 30 years ago. Snorkeling is possible due to its shallow waters.

Péreybère, 4 kms from Ocean Villas

Our local favourite, by far. Comparatively smaller, it compensates with its soft and calm ripples, fine sand and clean seabed. Snorkeling on the right hand side of this small bay is a feast for children and adults. You ask any local to recommend you the best beaches in the island and, chances are Péreybère will be on their lips.

Cap Malheureux, 8 kms from Ocean Villas

The winding coastal road from Grand Baie, passing by Péreybère will bring you to Cap Malheureux, a small fishing village found on the Northern tip of the island, where life starts at 4am for the fishermen. Cap Malheureux is worth a detour, not only for the peaceful surroundings and simple life but more so because it has been the landing site for the British troops as they seized the island from the French in 1810.

From this vintage point, you have beautiful views of the three islets: Flat Island, Round Island and Gunner's Quoin. On site, this picturesque red-roofed chapel stands out from the green grassy patch and the emerald blue of the sea as backdrop.

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Sandy beach stretch at Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs

Ile Aux Cerfs is a large island, of nearly 100 hectares in area, off the east coast of Mauritius close to the coastal village of Trou D'Eau Douce in the district of Flacq. It is a favourite recreational spot for both Mauritians and tourists alike, with its picture-perfect calm emerald-blue waters.

Belle Mare

One of the best public beaches in the region, Belle Mare is popular amongst the inhabitants in the region, especially during weekends and public holidays. This relatively unspoilt stretch of sand may be just what you need to feel refreshed after a long day of excursion along the East coast. There is an old sugar mill on this beach - worth seeing.

Poste Lafayette

Fancy a morning jog by the beach? Set in a small village in the East of Mauritius, where fishing is the main activity, this peaceful stretch of beach is an absolute delight for the early birds... Early in the morning, pause for a moment and drink in the scenery as the sky progressively take on beautiful pastel shades until blue, ready for another perfect day under the Tropics!

Flic en Flac

Another local favourite for families on weekends. Situated in the West and nearer to residential areas, this beach has recently been refurbished with more amenities and surrounding development. A great place to swim, snorkel, water-ski and certainly to admire the last rays of the sun, under the shade of filaos.

Many apartment complexes and private secondary houses on the other side of the road have been built in this area. Unfortunately, apart from the nice hotels on the beach, the quality of the development has not been in line with the tourist development Mauritius deserves in this Western coast of Mauritius.


The Tamarin Bay has been popular once with the surfing where waves, high enough, came near to the shore. Today, due to the river mouth, the waves are too small to practise surfing, the only place in Mauritius.

Further down after the Tamarin Bay is the Martello Tower with a nice beach. The Martello towers are historic buildings during the British colony in the l8th century. One of the towers still exists and it is worth a visit.

The snaking routes in the southern part of the island will bring you through small towns and villages. The only break in our otherwise continuous barrier reefs occur in the south, due to strong currents caused by the winds blowing from the south east.


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Shoal of yellow fishes

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