Located in the southwestern Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a renowned travel destination featuring reef protected coves, beautiful white sand beaches, a variety of cultures and friendly inhabitants, as well as colorful tropical flora and fauna. English is the primary language, but French, Creole, and Indian cultures are found on the island and also mix in its cuisine. Whether dining at a five star resort, at upscale dining venues in Port Luis or Grand Baie, or at home with a meal prepared in your private luxury villa’s gourmet kitchen, it is not unusual to enjoy the best of several cultures in one sitting.
The year round climate is tropical near the coastline while the center of the island is cooler, forested mountains. Small villages dot the landscape between the coastline and mountains, and some of the best beaches, including Belle Mare, are found on the eastern coastline. Spectacular cliffs characterize the southern shoreline, while sheltered coves and calm lagoons fleck the eastern coast. Grand Baie on the northern coast,offers a variety of dining venues and a vibrant nightlife as well as numerous water adventure opportunities. The capital, Port Louis, is on the northwest coast. In Port Louis , tourists and locals mix while shopping, dining, or enjoying nightlife at the upscale Caudan Waterfront complex. Mauritius is known by tourists as a place to acquire collectible model ships. Curepipe, in the central highlands, boasts an extensive botanical garden. Also in the central highlands, Quatre Bornes is known for its local market with textiles. teas, spices and locally-made baskets. The rum distillery, Chamarel, provides tours and information on the history of rum making on Mauritius. Over 90% of the cultivated land is planted in sugar cane. Or gather in Rose Hill in the plaza gardens with the locals at sunset. Water sport possibilities abound on the coastline near the Morne Mountain , and dolphins can be viewed near the area of Flic en Flac. LaCure villas offers a variety of private retreats near the most popular island destinations.
Mauritius was the only place on the planet where the now-extinct Dodo bird was found and there are currently nine species of birds only found on Mauritius. The tropical flora is colorful and plentiful. The island is home to over 700 species of plants, including 60 different orchid species.
Mauritius attracts nature lovers and eco-travelers as well as fisherman and water sports enthusiasts. The Black River Gorges National Park protects endangered species of plants and animals and is a popular tourist destination. The waters and marine life at Blue Bay are also protected. In the southwest, visit the volcanic colored earth and waterfall at Chamarel. Scuba divers and snorkelers particularly enjoy the area around Flic en Flac and the Northern Islands of le Plat & Ilot Gabriel.
Tourism has become a major source of income for the island of Mauritius, and there are well-developed facilities from your own private luxury villa set in tropical gardens, to several five star resorts. Golfing on Mauritius has become increasingly popular and there are a range of courses and resorts available. Whether a water enthusiast, golfer, trekker, or nature-lover, Mauritius offers possibilities for all stripes of discerning travelers.