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POP: 1.26 M
GPS: 20.3484° S, 57.5522° E
AREA: 2,040 km²
CUR: MAURITIAN RUPEE
Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox.
Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. But the real gems are on the coast. Clear warm colored blue turquoise water, and endless white beaches with coconut trees make Mauritius an ideal tropical dream beach holiday destination.
The coastline of Mauritius is approximately 330 km long and nearly everywhere you can find the nice sandy beaches. Another big advantage of Mauritius is that the entire island is surrounded by coral reefs which have created big lagoons all around. These lagoons not only beautiful with crystal clear water, but also provide calm water conditions, ideal for swimming, bathing and snorkeling.
On many of these beaches you are sure to find hotels and beach resorts. However it is important to know that all beaches of Mauritius are public.
November to April is the best time of year to visit, however it's still quite mild in the other months.
The north coast is famous for the plenty activities on its beaches offering water sports such as waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and parasailing. In the evenings you will get to enjoy amazing views of the sunset, and also selection of trendy bars and restaurants situated with close proximity to the beach.
The east and south coasts are wilder and less developed and offers a spectacle view of wild nature.
The west coast of Mauritius is more protected with Flic en Flac one of the most popular beaches offering a blue turquoise lagoon with shallow water. The Tamarin (where we stayed - see below) and Le Morne beaches are well known in Mauritius and also worldwide as ideal destinations for surfers where the waves and wind conditions provide ideal conditions for surfing. The west coast beaches are quite popular with both tourists and the local Mauritian population.
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