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Destination Guide: Mauritius

A spicy cultural mix, graceful villas and golden tropical sands
Dive from Blue Bay beaches or hike the forested Black River Gorges. Enjoy the noble colonial history and laid-back beach-side nightlife.

Food and Drink

Enjoy a cocktail of cuisines, from croissants to spicy seafood. Mauritius dining reflects its intriguing mix: breakfast on flaky croissants, lunch on spicy seafood carri with achar(pickles) and dine with locals at table d'hote. Enjoy Port Louis' Chinatown restaurants, or more upmarket French-Creole fusion in Domaine Les Pailles' colonial villas.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Explore colonial villas and pristine beaches. In mountain-cradled Port Louis, saunter up the tree-lined boulevard to the graceful 18th-century Governor's House, or the bulbous domes of ornate Jummah Mosque. Luxuriate with ayurvedic treatments at spas around Flic en Flac, or kite-surf on Le Morne beach.

Shopping

Hunt down designer bargains or souvenirs in crowded markets. Vibrant Port Louis' Central Market is the place for herbal remedies, Indian shawls and essential oils, or nearby Caudian Waterfront for hand-blown recycled glass. Cool down in refreshing Curepipe while browsing designer shopping outlets on Chateauneuf Street.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bar-hop or relax with a sun-downer. Accompany sultry sunsets with a petit punch(rum-based cocktail) then catch some live seggae, a unique blend of reggae and upbeat Mauritian séga music. The island might be laid-back, but the party starts on Friday night at beach resorts of Flic en Flac or sophisticated bar-studded Grand Baie.