Mauritius is known to be the most exotic beach destinations in the world. It is a small, multi-cultured island country in the South-West Indian Ocean, stretching towards the East of Madagascar and South-East of Seychelles, and considered to be the most developed of the Mascarene Islands.
The very charm of its warm and welcoming people is considered to be its single biggest asset. It is known to be the one of the most beautiful and fascinating tourist locations with lots and lots of historic sites, geographical variations and cultural diversity, providing you with limitless activities to do, besides only sun-bathing and swimming, and wandering over the beaches and pools. Hence, no one would mind it calling a World-In-One-Island Slice of Paradise.
But undoubtedly, most of this country’s charm lies in the luring beaches, whose most astonishing feature lies in the fact that some of its beaches have white waters and some have blue. From the popular wide public beaches and astonishing, stupendous sand-rimmed lagoons to the stunning islands off the country’s coastline, it has got every little aspect to fill in rejoice in everyone’s souls; it has got something or other for people of all the ages.
This article provides you with a brief description of the top seven beaches of Mauritius.
Trou aux Biches Beach
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Trou aux Biches Beach is a recommended beach on tour of Mauritius, as it slopes gently to the calm sea. It has become a landmark of Mauritius tourism with open spaces, romantic thatched bungalows and palm-shaded tropical gardens, and serves to be a hot-spot for all the honey-moon couples. The medium-grain Coral based sand with a touch of golden, and shade provided by some umbrellas and trees along the beach, is what you will find out here.
Also, across the coastal road near this beach, lies a Hindu temple. In addition to this, there is an amazing Mauritius Aquarium nearby, which is a must-visit and you can even see the fish-feeding every day. Even, at the end of the day, you can enjoy the spectacular and beautiful Mauritius Sunset. It is also very accessible, and has a Trou aux Biches Village Hotel, where you can have a nice meal.
Mont Choisy Beach
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Mont Choisy Beach is known to be the longest beach in Mauritius, and lies at the back along the Northern Coast on the North-West tip of this island nation. It lies just to the north of Trou aux Biches Beach. The specialty of this beach is a bay of beautiful Turquoise water surrounded with the strand of white, coral sand bending gently around the coast lined up with tall Casuarina trees providing shade and a proper and perfect backdrop for the ocean. This beach is very accessible, which makes it favourite for tourists and locals as well, and always gets crowded on the weekends. It also provides with a small soccer field nearby, and other sports like Snorkeling and Swimming are also present.
Grand Baie Beach
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On the North-East Coast of the island, lies a small peninsula, named Grand Baie. Grand Baie Beach is spectacular with soft sand and warm water with light waves. Its most adorable feature is that it has gentle slopes helping out even small kids to go near the shore and enjoy the water. It has fishing boats, and almost the entire coastline is lined up with the tall Casuarina trees, which lie very close to provide the shade.
With the palms swaying in the cool breeze and catching a small fishing boat in view, it provides you with the real photo opportunity. Moreover, the Mont Choisy Beach lies very close to this beach, and you won’t mind walking a few metres to arrive at the nearby beaches. This beach includes a variety of hotels and resorts, ranging from elite to bungalows. In addition to it, it has a Black River Gorges National Park nearby, and a marina complete with Water-Sports.
Tamarin Bay Beach
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On the South-West shore of Mauritius, lays the magnificent Tamarin Bay Beach. This beach is worth a visit for its enticing coral reef. If you enjoy surfing, then during the winter months, this turns out to be the best activity here. The tall coconut palms and Casuarina trees provide you with the shade to relax yourself after performing the tiresome activities.
Even there are forests and mountains close to it, so if you are a nature-lover and have a soft-corner for trekking, this turns out to be the best alternative. But there are very few facilities available near the beach, and you need to beware of the surrounding salt ponds out there, which depending on the tide level tend to give off a little odor.
Belle Mare Beach
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On the eastern coast of this island, is highly developed beach, famous for its urbanization and tourism throughout the world, known as Belle Mare Beach. It has pristine coral-based fine-grain powdered white sand. Its ‘calm waters’ due to a great and deep lagoon running from the beach towards the shoreline, marks its specialty.
Moreover, it provides two golf courses, one 18-hole and the other 9-hole. The 18-hole championship golf course is to serve the guests of Belle Mare Plage Hotel. On the Hotel’s golf course, is located “Deer Hunter”, where you might try out the specialty cuisine. This beach turns out to be the favourite among the locals, and though it remains vacant on the week days, but gets crowded on the weekends.
Blue Bay Beach
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Blue Bay Beach is located on the South-Eastern coast of this island country, close to one of its larger town named Mahebourg, due to which this beach gets crowded on the weekends. This beach has crystal-clear ice blue water, and thus it has been named “Blue Bay”. It has coral-based sand, and trees lining up the coast to provide the required shade. It provides with full facilities, is easily accessible and turns out to be the favourite for the ones loving diving and snorkeling. It’s just next to impossible to get a bad picture on this beach for its amazing contrasts and blues. You can get the best shots either in the mid-morning or in the late afternoon, by setting your camera to “beach” or “outdoors” or “sun”.
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On the Western Coast of Mauritius, in the village of Flic-en-Flac, 20 minutes drive from the capital city, Port Louis and an hour’s drive from the airport, lays the Flic-en-Flac Beach. It is considered to be the most popular and peaceful coastline on this island. It provides you with one of the best sunset scenes for it face west.
Along the coast, there is white, clean coral-based sand and a deep, blue lagoon with some umbrellas and palms to provide the shade. It is great for Diving in the deep lagoon and Snorkel, not in the sand but along the fringes. Moreover, it turns out to be an excellent swimming beach for its calm surf. This beach gets crowded at holiday peak seasons for the city of Fli-en-Flac is known to be over-developed.