The top Mauritius beaches? It’s a tricky question because we have many beautiful beaches.
The proof is ... our island won the World Leading Beach Destination Award!
It's important you choose a beach made for you when planning your holiday on a tropical island so please don’t rush. I’ll show you popular beaches, quiet and even deserted beaches where you’ll feel like Robinson Crusoe …
Flic en Flac Public Beach on the West coast is a beauty ...
So how do you find the beach made for you among all the Mauritius beaches?
We Mauritians have our favourite beaches and they are all different, from famous to little known. Each one has something unique to offer.
Maybe a secluded beach tucked away between coconut trees or a long stretch of white sand alongside a turquoise lagoon.
East coast beach scenery
That’s why I am a little shy to give you a review. We might have different views about what is a best beach. I rather give you a description with images and names and then you decide.
I have listed the main Mauritius beaches on the map below.
The most popular ones are:
Beach map of Mauritius
For a small island we have an amazing choice of weather! Our trade winds blow from March to November on the East and South East coast. If you are planning your holiday during our winter which is from June to August and you prefer warmer temperatures then consider booking your accommodation on the North or West coast.
Belle Mare Public Beach on the East Coast
Many public beaches offer ablution facilities, water sports activities from kite surfing to snorkeling, sea excursions, bars, restaurants and vendors selling delicious exotic snacks.
Beaches in front of resorts, hotels, houses and apartments are public up to the high level water mark. Which means they are private property above an ‘invisible line’.
If you are wondering how to find this ‘invisible line’, simply look at the beach and you'll see the effects of high tides: a thin line of algae running alongside the beach.
As a tourist on holiday in our corner of paradise, please remember the ‘invisible line’. Resorts and hotels facilities are for their guests. By the way sundeck chairs are included. The good news are ...
If a sundeck chair is an essential part of your beach enjoyment you can hire one for the day at many public beaches.
Resort hotel beaches
As for me I prefer lying on a beach towel feeling the sand between my toes and being one with nature.
Unless you have rented a beachfront property please be discreet. How would you feel if strangers walked onto your property and made themselves comfortable on your lawn without being invited?
A typical beach property garden
Our dress code is conservative. When it relates to beachwear, remember… bikinis come with a bikini top. Topless sunbathing is not welcome on the island.
By the way if you have rented a car, please don't park on the beach. It's illegal.
Beaches in front of seaside homes, apartments and many public beaches are quiet.
It’s unlikely you’ll come across our charming vendors trying to sell you sea excursions, exotic souvenirs or snacks on quiet beaches. So bring some food and your bottle for water to fill up along the way. Mauritius tap water is safe for drinking.
Grand Bay beach in the North
Popular public beaches are busy during weekends when you'll see the arrival of Mauritian families armed with all sorts of big pots having a picnic under the trees. Soon the air will fill with the aroma of spices accompanied by singing and dancing ...
If you find yourself on a beach where the water is too shallow for swimming, the secret is … go explore! Walk on the beach and you should soon discover a lagoon where swimming is great.
I have also prepared a Google Earth map showing our 9 best beaches for swimming for a quick reference.
Coconut trees on a quiet Mauritius beach
When Fergie the duchess of York visited Mauritius with her then husband prince Andrew they walked through a coconut plantation to reach a cabin cruiser. Some locals were assigned the task of climbing the trees alongside the path and remove every single coconut in case one fell on their royal head. One can never be too careful at the seaside …
By the way, you can safely enjoy your walk under the shade of coconut trees. They don’t shed their nuts like casuarina trees.
A sandy walkway alongside the bay in Grand Bay
My swimming and snorkeling tips on how and where to swim in our lagoons are a must read. We do have unwanted guests in our lagoons ...
Take off your shoes. You don't need to wear them. Beach sandals will be fine. What you need is a car or taxi, a spirit of adventure and your swimming costume of course.
Scroll down, select a coast, click on the link and follow my self-guided itineraries.
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