Mauritius – The Best Beaches in Mauritius
Mauritius reputation as one of the world’s top tropical island beach destinations precedes it. With a more than 300 kilometer long coastline, it is probably no surprise that there are so many beaches that one can choose from. Even more important is that all beaches are public by law.
That being said, certain beaches stand out from the rest whether it is because of their length, width, the quality of sand, cleanliness, remoteness, the clarity and temperature of water, or a combination of two or more of these factors. The following are the best beaches in Mauritius.
Flic en Flac Beach
While some of Mauritius most picturesque beaches have to contend with inaccessibility, that is not the case for Flic en Flac beach. A long beach with silky white sands, shallow reef protected waters and relaxing casuarinas trees. The downside of Flic en Flac’s accessibility is the overdevelopment of its surroundings. Numerous hotels, guest houses, restaurants, bars and shops are within a stone throw from the beach.
Blue Bay Beach
Blue Bay is on the island’s south east and has been one of Mauritius’ top beaches for several decades now. Despite that, Blue Bay has not lost its allure and in fact has still maintained a remarkably high degree of cleanliness. The clear waters are perfect for swimming while the tree cover behind the beach provides welcome shade from direct sunlight. Though the beach is fairly close to the airport, one can hardly hear the planes when they do fly overhead.
One key advantage of being a popular beach for so many years is that important amenities are never too far off. A supermarket a few minutes’ walk from the beach is convenient for tourists who would like rent an apartment or villa as opposed to staying in a hotel.
Whoever coined the phrase ‘size matters’ has probably never visited Pereybere Beach. A small beach, it is one of the busiest in Mauritius and is particularly popular with locals. Like Blue Bay Beach, Pereybere is fairly clean considering the numbers it plays host to. But unlike Blue Bay, Pereybere does not have as much tree cover so you need to carry sunscreen.
If you cannot stand crowds, there is a path through the rocks to a more secluded section where you can enjoy the sun and sand in relative privacy. Pereybere is well served by restaurants, snack bars and nearby accommodation. Pereybere’s location in the island’s north makes it perfect if you are planning on visiting several other Mauritius beaches during your stay without having to shift from hotel to hotel.
Le Preneuse Beach
Le Preneuse is the quintessential hidden beach. So tucked away is this beach on the western coast that you are unlikely to find it on many Mauritius beach or tourism maps. It can however be reached by car via a couple of narrow back streets. Before you get to the beach itself, you have to walk down a steep stone staircase which may be unsuitable for the weak or elderly. You will not find as many food stalls as there are in Blue Bay or Pereybere.
Le Preneuse is perfect for small children as the waters along the beach are almost always shallow. Several trees along the beach provide shelter from the sun.
Mauritians and anyone who is very familiar with the island will probably be surprised Albion would be on any list of top beaches considering how far it is from populated areas compared to other beaches. The road that leads to it seems to go on for kilometers. But it is only when you get to the beach itself that you can understand why some tourists keep coming back to Mauritius because of this one beach. Albion’s waters are arguably the cleanest and clearest on the whole island. So clear and calm is the water that it is not unusual to see fish gently swim around your feet. While Albion was once a closely kept secret, visitor numbers are on the rise each year.
La Cuvette Beach
A walking distance from the famous Grand Baie beach is the tiny La Cuvette beach. Its clear waters and soft white sand attract tourists and locals escaping the crowds on Grand Baie. Its proximity to Grand Baie means you are never too far away from all key amenities including food stalls, restaurants and hotels. Glass bottom boats are available for exploring the waters just off the beach.