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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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