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)
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)
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:
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.
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).
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.
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)
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
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:
I had such a fantastic time that I really want to go back!! 🙂
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
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
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.
Why the Veranda?
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
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.
I noticed that booking in advance got me better deals. It probably depends on the seasons too.
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
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).
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?
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
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!!
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
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:
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
You can check also the interactive version on Google Map
Stef Ferro is the founder and editor of MEL365, a travel & photography website made to enhance the travelling experience and improve the photography work.
Stef is a professional travel photographer with past experience in the cycling and film industry.
Stef runs travel photography workshops in Melbourne and around the world.