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From the powder-soft sands of Belle Mare Beach to the secluded coves of La Cuvette and the vibrant atmosphere of Flic en Flac, Mauritius spoils with an abundance of coastal delights.  If you're planning your visit, be sure to check out the best time to visit Mauritius for optimal weather and experiences.

Whether you're seeking solitude and serenity or vibrant water sports and lively beach bars, Mauritius has a shoreline geared for every desire. So, pack your sunscreen, grab your towel, and join us as we explore the idyllic beaches that make Mauritius a true tropical paradise, these are our top 10 best beaches in Mauritius:

1. Belle Mare Beach
Flacq District

Aerial picture of the east coast of Mauritius Island. Flying above the turquoise lagoon of Mauritius in the region of Belle Mare
Flying above the turquoise lagoon of Mauritius in the region of Belle Mare | Go2Africa

While the Flacq District may be known for its luxurious resorts and championship golf course,  Belle Mare Beach (2 kilometres) is one of the longer beaches on the east coast of Mauritius. Its stunning waters are ideal for all sorts of water sports and activities from snorkelling to parasailing, and even under-sea walking! Belle Mare remains largely untouched, providing a stark contrast to the high-end lodgings on the island, but some might say this only adds to its rugged charm. If you make your way east, you will find that it is a lot quieter, allowing you to enjoy the warm white sands of a Mauritian beach almost exclusively to yourself.

Highlights:

  • Mostly undeveloped, providing raw and natural beauty
  • One of the longest beaches in Mauritius
  • Water sports including under-sea walking& parasailing
  • Family-friendly

2. La Cuvette Beach
Grand-Baie

La Cuvette Beach North Mauritius
La Cuvette Beach beckons with sunshine & bliss | Go2Africa

Just a 20-minute walk from the popular Grand Baie, La Cuvette is the perfect hidden gem if you want to get away from the noise. Palm-fringed and white sands provide the perfect backdrop for you to settle on while the slow-lapping waters are great for an afternoon swim when the tide is low.

There are several food stalls within reach of La Cuvette that sell local cuisine. You can expect a range of foods from more common Mauritian bites like roti (a flatbread served with your choice of toppings) or gateaux piments (chilli cakes fried in oil), to light treats such as spiced pineapple and sugar cane juice served ice-cold- perfectly after a swim on a hot day out.

Highlights:

  • Perfect area for romantic getaways
  • Several restaurants with a view of the shores
  • Many activities on offer such as snorkelling with turtles
  • A quieter and less-crowded choice for Grand Baie visitors

3. Poste Lafayette Beach
Poste Lafayette Village

Poste Lafayette beach located in the east of Mauritius | Go2Africa

Characterised by the black volcanic rocks that surround it, Poste Lafayette is a barely-touched slice of heaven with only a small stretch of pristine white sand , on the south-eastern part of the island. While the area is open to all, the waters here do get quite rough, so it is recommended to go only if you are an experienced swimmer.

Poste Lafayette’s scenic beauty draws nature enthusiasts, while the (sometimes) strong winds make it a dream for kite surfers. You can dive into an array of thrilling activities from kite surfing to leisurely kayak excursions, and even peddling on a pedalo.

Highlights:

  • One of the best Mauritius beaches for kite & wind surfing
  • Activities include kayaking, boat excursions, and peddling
  • Close to Bras D’Eau, another beach for you to explore in close proximity
  • Nature enthusiasts have much to explore inland

4. Trou Aux Biches Beach
Pamplemousses

Aerial view on beautiful beach in Trou aux Biches, Mauritius.

Located in the north of Mauritius, Trou Aux Biches looks straight out of a postcard- unbelievably blue waters, white sands with colourful umbrellas and chaise lounges with tanners lazily indulging in the scenery, and palm trees with leaves that lean downwards almost kissing the water. The best part about it? Because of its short two-kilometre length, this beach usually attracts less people, leaving it uncrowded.

The waters here are protected by a coral reef, making them the perfect snorkelling grounds! Glass-bottomed boats, catamarans, jet skis and kayaks are also available for rental; explore your options and try your hand at something new.

Because of the strategically positioned coral reef, you can take advantage of the remarkable chance to swim alongside dolphins and turtles. However you choose to spend your time here, rest assured you will not be disappointed, after all, we have ranked this as one of best beaches in Africa for a reason.

Highlights:

  • Ranked one of the best beaches on the continent
  • Remains untouched by mass tourism
  • Swim alongside dolphins and turtles

5. Tamarin Beach
Black River District

Idyllic days spent on the beach | Go2Africa

Renowned among surfers worldwide, Tamarin offers consistently good currents for year-round surfing, complemented by gorgeously warm and sunny weather. If you’re not much of a surfer, you can still indulge in the waters by paddle boarding or kitesurfing. For adventure, try organized  dolphin swimming; for a more relaxed experience, enjoy observing these majestic creatures in their habitats from a distance.

The island’s mesmerising grey-sand beach and wonderous sunsets are truly a sight for sore eyes, while its picturesque-ness is framed by rich forests and a green-covered mountain range. Head inland where a variety of activities from hiking at the Black River National Park to walking with lions at Casela Nature Park, and even and 18-hole championship golf course await.

Highlights:

  • A surfer’s paradise
  • 18-hole championship golf course
  • Swimming with dolphins can be organised
  • Family-friendly snorkelling & swimming

6. Mont Choisy
Grand Baie

aerial view of Mont Choisy Beach in Grand Baie
Aerial view of Mont Choisy Beach in Grand Baie | Go2Africa

Mont Choisy is just an hour away from the capital city of Port Louis, and a short drive from Grand Baie. Further inland, you’ll have plenty of restaurants to stop by when stomachs begin rumbling. As you make your way towards the beach, the flora and fauna here stand out as verdant and  Casuarina trees create shaded areas ideal for a picnic or some time away from the sun.

Located on the northern coast, this is the longest beach in the region, attracting a good mix of locals and tourists without being too crowded. The shores of Choisy welcome you with almost three kilometres of pristine, soft, white sands and warm,  turquoise waters that are perfect for a swim. If you want to explore the thriving marine diversity, gear up and head out for a dive.

Highlights:

  • The longest beach in Mauritius
  • Early birds get to see horses wading through the waters
  • Never gets too crowded, you can spend the entire day here
  • Families can enjoy picnics in the shade of the trees

7. Ile aux Cerfs
Flacq District

Immerse yourself in island luxury | Go2Africa

While the 18-hole golf course is what captivates many of the visitors to Ile aux Cerfs, it’s the pristine beaches encircling the  lagoon that steal the spotlight. Situated off the east coast of Mauritius, the island welcomes couples to indulge in beach bars that serve icy cocktails and sands and waters that are perhaps less traversed and certainly quieter, but equally astounding in beauty.

With minimal shelter on the beaches here, Ile aux Cerfs summons those looking for the perfect tan. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy a range of activities from water skiing to snorkelling and glass-bottom kayaking over the glorious coral reef bustling with marine life. If you are feeling brave, the island is also known for its parasailing, which offers an invigorating birds-eye view of the lagoon.

Highlights:

  • Parasailing offers a breathtaking aerial view of the lagoon
  • Home to an 18-hole golf course designed by two-time Masters champion, Bernhard Langer
  • A favourite destination amongst couples
  • Clear waters that are ideal for snorkelling

8. Ile Des Deux Cocos
Blue Bay

Blissful days for water sports | Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa

A private island off the southeast coast of Mauritius, Ile Des Deux Cocos almost seems to absorb you from the moment you arrive. While you can reserve the island resort, you don’t have to stay overnight to enjoy its luxuries as the area is accessible for day trips by booking. And, even as a day-visitor, you can expect five-star treatment from the moment  you arrive.

When you aren’t indulging in welcome drinks, cooling towels and long-table lunches overlooking the ocean, you can enjoy a swim in some of the clearest waters you’ll ever  see. Snorkel amongst brightly coloured fish in the offshore marine park or take it easy and stroll along the shore, heading inland to explore the green woodlands surrounded by the kind tranquility and privacy only a private island can provide.

Highlights:

  • Tranquil and private
  • Day trips are allowed, so you can stay anywhere and still have access to the island by booking
  • Great marine life making for a colourful and fun snorkelling experience
  • You can reserve the island resort to have exclusive access to the entire space

9. Pereybere
Grand Baie

The place to see some of the best sunsets in Mauritius | Go2Africa

If you’re looking to go somewhere a little livelier and bustling with both locals and tourists, Pereybere is the place to be. While this beach is amongst the smaller ones on our list, its family-friendliness makes it one of the more favoured areas. Going earlier in the day and during the week will give you the perfect opportunity to watch the crowds go and families of all sizes arrive for a day of fun in the sun.

The waters here are calm, another reason it is great for families with young children. If anyone gets hungry (which you will), there are a range of food stalls and restaurants to choose from, serving everything from seafood to grilled meat and even Thai cuisine! Back on the beach you can enjoy the cool waters and dip your toes in the white sands, and if you stay late enough, catch a mandatory golden Pereybere sunset- the perfect end to a long day.

Highlights:

  • A good combination of locals and tourists
  • A great beach to visit with children
  • Restaurants & delicious street food
  • Pereybere is known to have some of the best sunsets

10. Gris Gris
Souillac

Right on the beach | Shanti Maurice Hotel & Spa

Gris Gris is a unique place, it’s almost impossible to deny the immense tranquillity one feels here- what it lacks in the liveliness and water sports other beaches in Mauritius offer, it makes up for with a serene beauty that leaves you feeling grounded and wanting to stay longer.

The water conditions in this area can be challenging, making it less suitable for swimming. But you can swim almost anywhere else in Mauritius. Gris Gris is about slowing down to take in your surroundings- enjoy a long stroll along the shore with stunning views of the ocean and the distinct southern Mauritius rock formations, as sounds of the roaring ocean put you in a meditative state. By the time you leave, you’ll be feeling at peace and ready to return to faster-paced origins.

Highlights:

  • A soothing break from the typical ’swimming’ beaches
  • The beauty of the area is unmatched
  • A quiet place to retreat to when you want a change of scenery away from the noise

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Tammy Straker
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