What’s a sunny vacation without a trip to the beach? When it comes to selecting the destination for that dream summer trip, complete with soft sand, transparent waters and fruity cocktails, there are a more than a few places competing for that hallowed bucket list top spot.
One place that should definitely be in consideration for your summer trip is Mauritius, a wonderful mishmash of vibrant cultures that’s awash with beautiful beaches and an easygoing atmosphere. The people are welcoming, the lifestyle is relaxed and the small island is drenched in sun all year round. What more could you want?
Sure, Mauritius has a lot of things going for it, but let’s be honest, if you’ve traveled all the way to a tiny island at the bottom of Africa renowned for its climate, you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the beach. Being an island, and not a very big one either, it’s no surprise that you’re spoiled when it comes to choices of beaches, but rest assured there are a few standouts.
Log on to BUCKiTDREAM to get yourself suitably inspired and seeped deep in that dreamy summer mood, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner handy as we take you through the best of the best when it comes to Mauritius’ beaches!
Kick Back at Flic en Flac Beach The whimsically named and fun-to-say Flic en Flac beach (which is thought to be a corruption of the Dutch for ‘free and flat’) is certainly a lot busier than it used to be; but that doesn’t stop it being one of Mauritius’ must-see beaches. Located between the villages of Albion and Tamarin, this beautiful stretch of coast is one of the longest on the island. It can make for a great lazy walk if you’ve got an hour to kill, but it’s also one of Mauritius’ premier swimming spots.
The bay is surrounded and protected by coral reef, forming a sort of enclosed lagoon that is safe from those dangerous sea currents. Just make sure you cover your feet when you hit the water, as urchins are common amongst the coral. Flic en Flac is considered to host one of the island’s most impressive sunsets, so once you stake a claim on a sun lounger, make sure to stick around for the evening show.
Let it Rip at Le Morne Located on the very South West tip of Mauritius, and unmistakable thanks to the backdrop of the impressive Le Morne Brabant monolith, the eponymous beach is one of the island’s best-loved spots. It’s got the typical crystal-clear waters and fine, silver sand, but Le Morne Beach also attracts kitesurfers and windsurfers, as the waters are perfectly geared towards those kinds of watersports. The wind is perfect all year round for surfers too, which makes it very attractive for Mauritius’ surfing population.
Although the beach is full of eager extreme sport seekers, it’s perfectly possible to swim on Le Morne too; just keep an eye out for stray surfboards. This dramatic beach is one of the island’s most popular, with both tourists and locals alike. Don’t leave without visiting it!
Take a Dip at Trou aux Biches Up the west coast of the island lies Trou aux Biches, another jewel in the coastline crown of Mauritius. This particular beach has a reputation on the island as being one of the best due to its sand quality; and it’s true that it’s hard to find silkier sand anywhere in the world, let alone the island. It’s around 2 km long, and like Flic en Flac, is completely protected by coral reef, some of it even stretching right up to the shoreline. If you like snorkeling, Trou aux Biches is the beach for you; much of Mauritius’ fascinating marine life can be discovered along its labyrinthine reef.
Find Your Own Paradise Island at Ile aux Cerfs When someone mentions an idyllic island retreat, there’s a communal image we all fantasize about; turquoise waters, sandy beaches and palm trees swaying in a warm breeze. Well, here’s some good news for you. This place exists and it’s called Ile aux Cerfs. This beach isn’t on mainland Mauritius; it’s found off the east coast of the main island and constitutes an island all to itself. It’s easy to hop on one of the many boats that zoom across to Ile aux Cerfs, and once you do, you’ll discover why this place is so popular with natives and tourists alike.
The west coast of the island forms a perfect lagoon with the east coast of Mauritius, making it the perfect place to take a dip. Or you can try your hand at one of the numerous watersports available on the beaches. On top of all the fun, there’s plenty of restaurants and bars to peruse before you make your way back to the mainland; or spend a night or two camping out on the beach. The choice is yours!
The above are some of the premium beaches available on Mauritius, but they’re by no means the only ones. The island contains over thirty separate beaches, all waiting to be explored and lazed upon. If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Mauritius, check out Anna Lisa Stone’s BUCKiTDREAM challenge to get inspired, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner by your side as you get ready to tackle the best of Mauritius’ beaches!