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The 12 best beaches in Mauritius [with map and photos]


Last updated on August 31st, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Want to see the best beaches in Mauritius?

Want to see them on a map, with few photos, so that you can choose a resort in the best area of Mauritius?

Then you’re in the right place.

And here is the best. This list includes only beaches accessible to the general public. In other words, they are not private beaches, accessible only if you are in the resort or you rent the villa.

Let me give you an important tip here.

Book your place to stay in Mauritius based on the season you visit it. 

For example, the east coast has some fabulous beaches, and amazing resorts, but from June to October it can be quite windy,  probably raining and cooler (17-25 degrees Celsius)

Where are the best beaches in Mauritius?

As a rule of thumb, there are 4 seasons in Mauritius although the climate is always quite mild (over 20 degrees Celsius).

Base on the season, few of the beaches may be very windy and have daily rain (usually in the afternoon)

  • June to October: it is “winter“, with winds, and possibly rain, blowing on the east and south coast
  • October to December: it is autumn, the weather is everywhere quite sunny and dry, temperatures in the high 20
  • December to March: it is summer, humid and hot, with rain usually in the highlands
  • April to May: it is spring, similar weather to autumn

You can read more information about the weather on the Mauritius Meteorological Services, including a real-time weather forecasting.

In saying that, there are probably 3 macro areas with the best beaches in Mauritius:

  • East, in the Belle Mare area, because of the most famous resorts on the island, all with a world renown service and, worthless saying, great beaches too! I would personally avoid this part of Mauritius in winter (rainy and windy)
  • South-west around Le Morne, because of the stunning area. Think amazing beaches at the bottom of an old volcano, reef everywhere, a golf course and some beautiful and exclusive resorts. In winter you can experience rainy days though
  • North, from Trou Aux Biches to Pereybere Beach, probably my favourite area because it has constantly good weather all year round, always sunny. It somehow does not suffer the change of seasons that the other areas do.

The best nightlife is in the north, around Grand Bay.

Here below I go through some of these beaches and spots in more details, including photos.

The sequence is not following any ranking. 

Belle Mare Beach (East)

This is definitely one of the best beaches in Mauritius. There is a public section from where you can walk around even along areas where the big resorts are. Again think about palms, white sand beach and absolutely calm water.

The external reef blocks all of the waves and this place is what you expect from a paradise.

Every 300 meters there is a private cove run by a resort. The choice is only yours. Honestly, it is impossible to get it wrong.

In winter, this area of Mauritius tends to have more rain, usually in the afternoon.

If you plan your trip in July or August I would probably suggest staying north, at Trou aux Biches Beach where the sun is more common, at least till the evening (storms may come in the night, which is great).

Is Belle Mare Beach the most beautiful beach of Mauritius? Read on..

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My suggested resort – LUX* Belle Mare

This is the perfect honeymoon place …..and not only.

Book a short, or a long stay, and you will have surely a memorable time. The white sand beach is amazing. 

Interesting to mention that most Mauritians dream about this resort for the own honeymoon gateway. A local friend told me that even if they are used to the amazing cost, they LUX* is just something different, the perfect experience

The common suggestion is to book well in advance as this is one of the most famous, and popular, resorts in the world.

Check now availability at LUX

 

Trou aux Biches Beach (North)

When I was thinking about this list I had no doubt to include Trou aux Biches as one of the best beaches in Mauritius.

There are many reasons and ultimately the two adjectives I would use for this place are peaceful and beautiful, it is a real heaven on earth.

Imagine a white sand beach, palms and blue sky for most of the day. Yes, because the north coast of Mauritius is famous to have the highest the percentage of sun even through the winter months (winter can be still 30 degrees by the way)

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Trou aux Biches Beach is one of my favourite beach in Mauritius

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Walk on the main road up few meters to find the best street food in Mauritius. Wait for the sunset to get the best photos of the island.

You can read more suggestions on how to use the natural light for travel photography here

My suggested resort – Beachcomber Resort & Spa

This is one of the most beautiful resorts on the island I believe, right in the middle of Trou aux Biches Beach. There are few reasons for that:

  1. it is located in one of the sunniest places in the island. Mauritius has an amazing weather all year around however rain may happen. If it does, this is the last place on the island to receive it. It’s an important factor to take in consideration.
  2. the “almost” infinity pool is a real pleasure. I am quite sure that the first time you will see it you may think that is ending in the sea. Because of the way it was done, there is this nice infinity feeling.

    Beachcomber Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa - The infinity pool

    Beachcomber Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa – The infinity pool

  3. absolutely pristine white beach in front of the resort. So peaceful and all available for you. Of course, you just need your sunglasses, everything else is provided by the Beachcomber hotel
  4. the fully inclusive half board, with some of the greatest food on in the island. It’s actually a well know place to go just because of the restaurant. For lunch, you can either stay in the hotel or you can walk down the beach for some beautiful street food.
  5. the location is the best. As sometimes happens, resorts can be isolated. It’s not the case of Beachcomber hotel, walking distance to the restaurants and shopping areas. For a special dinner outside the resort I suggest the Italian Restaurant 1974, da Antonio e Giulia, open also for lunch, or the unique The Flame Grill Café. The owner, original from South Africa, has a special way to grill and it’s a secret, he told me. As a result, I had some of the best ever steaks in my life
  6. supermarket nearby. Just a few hundred meters. It has all you need, from water to wine and beer, from French patisserie to Italian salami. 50 meters before the supermarket there is an old local lady selling some of the best pineapples I have ever tried, with some spicy powder if you are keen to try the secret ingredient 😉
  7. the hotel rooms are big and with a good interior design to feel straight away on a Mauritian holiday. Always cleaned by the lovely staff.

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Beachcomber Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa - The Beach

Beachcomber Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa – The Beach

I had such a fantastic time that I really want to go back!! 🙂

Mont Choisy Beach (North)

It can be seen almost as an extension of Trou aux Biches Beach, on the far east side. It is instead a different beach surrounded by a green park, a perfect spot for a morning run if you are around (I used to go there for my daily jogging)

There are few street food stalls that open in the late morning. It gets quite busy on the weekend with the locals. Definitely, an interesting spot to visit.

On the west side of the beach, there is also a Hindu temple area which can be a great subject for some travel photography

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My suggested resort – Mon Choisy

As I said, Mont Choisy Beach is bordering Trou aux Biches Beach, difficult to say where is the ending, or beginning, of each beach.

As such I would still consider the Beachcomber Resort as my favourite place to be.

As an alternative have a look instead at the Mon Choisy Resort

This is more of a self-catering studio with an infinity pool to die for.

It’s much cheaper than the Beachcomber, very good value, although the facilities are not the same as Beachcomber

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Mon Choisy Beach Resort - View from the bedroom

Mon Choisy Beach Resort – View from the bedroom

La Cuvette Beach (North)

La Cuvette is the Grand Bay public beach, walking distance from the town centre, probably the most popular tourist place in Mauritius.Mauritius_20150825_885_Beach_ Grand Baie_ La Cuvette_ Mauritius_ Sunset-minLa Curvette Beach for a fabulous sunset photo

Beside the public beach, there are also 2 private beaches run by two famous resorts.

The first one is Beachcomber (the big brother of the one I described above)

The other resort, called Veranda Grand Baie Hotel & Spa, is the one I suggest if you are after a lovely beach style resort close to the action of Grand Bay.

Veranda Grand Baie Hotel & Spa - The lovely swimming pool

Veranda Grand Baie Hotel & Spa – The lovely swimming pool

Why the Veranda?

  • probably one of the best value luxury resort in Mauritius
  • the private beach is actually a small cove, a real hidden gem of Grand Bay
  • gorgeous pool and big rooms, however in a boutique resort. A secluded experience
  • so close to Grand Bay, the place to be if you are after some nightlife besides some relaxing time during the day. Still very quiet if you are after some sleeping

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Pereybere Beach (North)

Cap Malheureux covers most of the north coast of the island. It was hard to decide which one is the top beach of this area.

There is one that however stands out, not only because of its beauty but also for the famous Red Chapel. You may have seen it in some brochures or advertisement. The actual name is Notre Dame Aurilliatrice Chapel.

You can have a walk and take an ice cream and once you want to have a swim move to the extreme sides of this holy area for 2 beautiful beaches

Notre Dame Aurilliatrice Chapel, Cap Malheureux

I love how the life moves on in Mauritius, very slowly, as it should be

When I visited this area I decided to stay in a real creole guest house. I wanted to experience the local way. And this came at a very affordable price.

Surely I did not find the 25m long swimming pool or some of the big resorts facilities, however, I was able to have some local time, feeling more integrated with the Mauritian life

I am talking here about the Bleu De Toi Boutique Guest House in Pereybere Beach.

I just loved the interior, with colours and style that took me straight away to a higher level of relaxation.

I suggest the Hope room, right next to the garden and pool.

I was also happy with my 10 minutes walk to the centre of town and the public beach.

Check this boutique price

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I noticed that booking in advance got me better deals. It probably depends on the seasons too.

Blue Bay Beach (East)

Everyone in Mauritius talks about it. It is indeed a famous area, not too far away from the airport.

I visited it my last time in winter and the weather was not great. As a result, I could not see the famous tones of blue of this beach (different season = different experience).

Two km north of Blue Bay is Ile Aux Aigrettes. This is a small island that has become a nature reserve keeping all the native plants and animals from the main island. Basically, a small version of Mauritius in the 17th century, before the island was discovered.

I had a 2 hour guided trip which was great. Read more info here

Blue Bay Beach and the visit to the "old Mauritius"

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Gris-Gris Beach (South)

This is not the best place for a swim however it is definitely one of the best beaches in Mauritius for its scenery, quite amazing and popular with daily visitors

It’s in the southern point of the island and it’s not protected by the reef (big waves and strong ocean currents).

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Le Morne Beach (South-West)

Le Morne beach is located in the most scenic area of Mauritius, right at the bottom of a huge monolith.

Visit the west side for its combination of tropical palms, white sand and calm water.

Walk to the southern side for the sports activities. This is the best spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Moreover, you can take a small boat to the reef to enjoy some surfing as well.

Do you need more?

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The secret cove – Black River Beach (West)

If loneliness is your thing than Black River beach is your place.

You will not be able to see the beach from the road and this may explain why this is the most kept secret place in Mauritius Island.

Once in Black River, drive into La Preneuse Street. After a few minutes, you will arrive at a tiny parking area (facing this resort) with public access to the beach. This is the only way to enjoy Black River Beach, no other public access, as suggested by the locals.

I was there for a couple of hours and I had the beach all for myself. I felt a bit like Robinson Crusoe.

The water is just amazing. The reef is 300m away which makes the sea very flat and easy to swim.

What do you want more? Oh yes, add a fantastic view to Le Morne Peninsula

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Flic En Flac Beach (West)

I was not really sure if Flic en Flac should be included in the best beaches in Mauritius, and honestly, I am still not.

The real motivating factor here is the best roti you can find in the island right at the beach, at the Roti Vinoda. The lady in the kitchen prepares the roti on demand, they taste so great. Ask for the chilly, hot but gorgeous!!

Flic en Flac beach, surely the top for the fantastic Roti

I am not saying that Flic en Flac is not a nice beach, just that compared to the others I have seen it is probably my least favourite.

In saying that the town is actually quite nice, great for families with kids

Île aux Cerfs

This is not actually a beach, it’s more than that, it’s an island that you can visit on a day trip.

It is located on the east coast of Mauritius with the best weather between October and May, the dry season.

The best way to visit is through a Catamaran trip. You can ask your resort (it’s a popular destination) or you can have a look at this excursion which rates really high with customers and it has a great price too. 

Few suggestions on this trip:

  • make sure the lunch is included or expect a high price at the local restaurant
  • water is expensive on the island as it is delivered from the mainland, take your supply if you can.
  • there are plenty of activities at the beach, snorkelling is one of the best
  • Relax 🙂

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Photo source : GetYourGuide

Photo source: GetYourGuide

Tamarin

Is Tamarin the next big thing in Mauritius?

I was speaking with a few locals and they agreed it is still a secret place to visit, in fact, it is hard to find any tourist.

If you are in the area you may well have a drive there, you never know if you will be surprised, or not. Leave a comment below with your feedback.

This is a town located right on the Black River estuary, a place to visit for some travel photography.

You can also spot this bay from a magnificent viewpoint in the Black River Gorges National Park on the road from Chamarel

Black River Gorges National Park - Viewpoint on the road to the west coast

Black River Gorges National Park – Viewpoint on the road to the west coast

Mauritius beaches map

Map of the 10 top beaches of Mauritius

You can check also the interactive version on Google Map

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Stefano Ferro
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Stefano is a travel and landscape photographer with a background in cycling, movie and lifestyle photography. When in Melbourne, his hometown, you will see him cycling around at sunset or sunrise looking for the best spot for a photo of this beautiful city. It is quite amazing how much photography gear he can pack on his bike :o
    • ashvin
    • October 16, 2016
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    Good selection!

  1. I briefly lived on Mauritius, by Black River beach. Definitely a good spot for people who are looking for peace and quiet. 😉 I also got to swim with dolphins almost every day though, just off the coast (due to my work) which makes Mauritius into a great memory for me!

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      I am sure you had a magical time there. I was blown away by just few weeks. Can’t imagine actually living there. It must have been magnificent and swimming with dolphins is certainly a unique experience.

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