This post's overview:
- 1 Here are some FAQs about Mauritius:
- 2 The top 7 best beaches in Mauritius:
- 3 Beaches that we didn’t enjoy too much:
- 4 Summary of the best beaches in Mauritius
- 5 Here are some other articles that you might find useful:
If you’re wondering what is the best beach in Mauritius, this article is about the top 7 best beaches to visit in Mauritius (as well as 3 beaches to avoid).
If you’re planning a trip to Mauritius, you’re in for a treat. This stunning island nation in the Indian Ocean is renowned for its idyllic beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush tropical landscapes. With so many beautiful beaches to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best beaches in Mauritius. Whether you’re looking for secluded coves, world-class snorkelling spots, or lively beachside bars, there’s something here for everyone. We’ll cover everything from popular tourist hotspots to hidden gems that only locals know about.
Here are some FAQs about Mauritius:
What’s the best time to go to Mauritius?
We went to Mauritius in October, and the weather was perfect! Well, actually, the water temperature was a little bit too low for my liking, I wish we had waited until the end of October, as by the end of the month, it would have been perfect.
Everyone has different temperature preferences when it comes to planning their ideal honeymoon and vacation in general. Some people enjoy hot weather, and if this is the case, the best time to visit Mauritius is during December, January, and February. During this time, the climate is very hot and humid, with plenty of rainfall, especially in February.
If you don’t enjoy hot temperatures and prefer cooler weather, then you should plan your visit to Mauritius between April and October. During these months, temperatures are colder, and it can even get chilly between May and September when temperatures can be as low as 18-20°C.
According to locals, October is their favourite month to visit Mauritius because it is very sunny and pleasant without being too hot. However, if you prefer swimming in very warm water, the end of October or the beginning of November is a better time for you.
How many days are enough for Mauritius?
We spent just over a week in Mauritius and stayed in 5 different resorts to be able to see most of the island. Since Mauritius is pretty far from everywhere (unless you’re based in South Africa or Reunion), it’s not worth travelling there just for 3-4 days. I recommend spending between 5-10 days in Mauritius, however, that depends on how many days off you have.
Is Mauritius cheaper than the Maldives?
If you’re wondering whether Mauritius is cheaper than the Maldives, then the answer is yes. While you can definitely do the Maldives on a budget, your experience will be much better in Mauritius. In other words, you can have more for less in Mauritius. When comparing luxurious resorts, from my experience, they were also way more expensive in the Maldives.
Where are better beaches, in Mauritius, Seychelles or the Maldives?
Curious where are there better beaches, in Mauritius, Seychelles or the Maldives? Well, I think the Maldives would be the best for swimming, especially if you’re staying in an overwater villa. Snorkelling in the Maldives is also unmatchable. Seychelles has the most stunning beaches, they are so beautiful they almost look fake (I’m talking about Anse Source d’Argent – this beach is unreal, it looks like something from another planet). However, the rest of the beaches in Seychelles were okay – they weren’t very special. A lot of beaches in Mauritius reminded me of the Caribbean – the same turquoise water and a lot of palm trees. However, Mauritius is not an all-year-round destination for swimming, unlike the Maldives and Seychelles – you won’t be able to swim there from May to the beginning of October, as the water temperature would be a bit too cold.
Alright, without further ado, let’s talk about the top 7 best beaches in Mauritius!
The top 7 best beaches in Mauritius:
Le Morne beach
Le Morne beach is one of the most stunning beaches in Mauritius. It’s located in the southwestern part of the island and offers stunning views of the iconic Le Morne Brabant mountain. The beach is known for its white sand and crystal-clear water, making it the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkelling.
But Le Morne beach isn’t just a pretty sight – it’s also steeped in history. The mountain behind the beach was once a refuge for escaped slaves, and today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors to the beach also take the opportunity to hike up the mountain for incredible views of the surrounding landscape.
In addition to its natural beauty and historical significance, Le Morne beach is home to several luxury resorts, including Paradis Beachcomber, Dinarobin Beachcomber, and LUX* Le Morne.
We stayed at Dinarobin Beachcomber and it was one of the most beautiful resorts we’ve ever been to! You can check the prices and availability of Dinarobin Beachcomber here >
Palmar Beach & Quatre Cocos Beaches Belle Mare
Palmar Beach & Quatre Cocos beach are located just around the corner from each other. Quatre Cocos beach is a small and picturesque beach located in the east of Mauritius, near the town of Trou d’Eau Douce. It’s a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful turquoise waters and the stunning views of the nearby islands. The beach has soft white sand and crystal-clear water, which is great for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkelling. It gets a bit windy, so it might be a little too cold to swim before the middle of October, but if you’re visiting during the hottest months (between November and February), you will be grateful for the wind!
One of the unique features of both beaches is the long stretch of coral reefs that runs along the coast, making it a popular destination for snorkelers and divers. You can explore the underwater world and discover an abundance of colourful fish, sea turtles, and other marine life.
Some of the best resorts on these beaches include C Mauritius All-Inclusive (we stayed there and loved it, it was our second favourite resort in Mauritius after Dinarobin Beachcomber) and The Residence Mauritius.
Pereybere beach is located in the northern part of Mauritius, near the village of Pereybere & very close to Gran Baie. It’s a popular destination for both locals and tourists, and it’s easy to see why. This small beach has crystal-clear water and soft sand, making it an ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing.
There are plenty of activities to do here, including snorkelling, scuba diving, and paddleboarding. There are also many food and drink vendors nearby, so you won’t go hungry or thirsty.
One of the unique things about Pereybere beach is the natural shelter the surrounding coral reef provides. This makes it a great spot for families with young children or anyone who wants a more secluded beach experience.
The best hotels near Pereybere beach: LUX* Gran Baie, Ki Residences
Trou-aux-Biches is one of the most popular beaches in Mauritius, located in the northwest part of the island. The beach is known for its calm and shallow waters, which are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The sand is white, and the water is turquoise, making it a beautiful spot for relaxation and sunbathing. There are also a variety of water activities available such as water skiing, windsurfing, and paddleboarding.
Trou-aux-Biches is lined with casuarina trees, providing some shade from the sun. There are also several restaurants and bars nearby where visitors can grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. The beach can get quite crowded during peak season, even though it’s very long, but it’s still worth a visit for its stunning beauty and clear waters.
Some of the best hotels to stay nearby: Sakoa Butik Hotel, Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber
Grand Baie beach is one of Mauritius’s most popular tourist destinations, located in the north of the island. It’s a long, wide beach with soft white sand and turquoise water. It’s a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports like snorkelling, diving, and parasailing.
Along the beach, there are many restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat, and shops where you can buy souvenirs and beachwear. At night, Grand Baie beach turns into a vibrant party spot with music and entertainment that goes on until the early morning hours.
The beach can get crowded, especially during peak season, and it’s rather small, as the swimmable area with no boats is tiny. However, it’s also a great place to watch the sunset and take in the beautiful scenery.
Some of the best resorts near Gran Baie: LUX* Gran Baie
Blue Bay public beach & La Cambuse beach (Anantara Iko)
Blue Bay is a lovely beach located in the southeast of Mauritius. The clear waters and white sand make it a perfect spot for swimming. The beach is also surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, which attract a variety of colourful marine life, making it a good place for snorkelling and scuba diving.
There are many activities available at Blue Bay, including glass-bottom boat tours, where visitors can view the marine life without getting wet. The beach is also popular for its delicious seafood restaurants offering fresh daily catches. It gets incredibly full on the weekends – we barely found a spot when we visited. It’s also somehow not as windy there as it is on the beach of Anantara Iko, La Cambuse beach, located on the other side of the Bay. We had an opportunity to visit both Blue Bay Beach and La Cambuse Beach and while La Cambuse Beach is way more virgin, empty and impressive, it’s actually extremely windy there and throughout our stay at Anantara Iko there was a Black flag on the beach, which meant no swimming.
Ilot Mangénie beach (Shangri La Le Touessrok beach)
Ilot Mangénie is a small private island off the east coast of Mauritius that’s home to a stunning beach with crystal-clear turquoise waters and powdery white sand. Accessible only by boat, the beach is a secluded oasis that provides a romantic and intimate atmosphere for couples and honeymooners staying at Shangri La Le Touessrok. It’s an amazing beach, but you have to stay at Shangri La Le Touessrok to experience it.
Beaches that we didn’t enjoy too much:
Now let’s talk about some slightly disappointing beaches in Mauritius. We have heard great things about them, but when we visited, we were not impressed and probably wouldn’t recommend you to visit them or stay near these beaches, as there are some way better beaches in Mauritius, including the ones above and plenty of other beaches.
While this beach has a long stretch of soft sand, which makes it perfect for long walks, it’s not great to swim there. When we were there, the water was pretty murky and even though there were many fishes nearby, we could barely see them. We were staying at Veranda Pointe Aux Biches, which was located directly on the Pointe-Aux-Biches beach and had to walk to Trou-Aux-Biches to swim.
Another problem is the fact that there are so many stones at the entrance to the ocean that you can easily hurt yourself. Some parts of the beach where all the Airbnbs and Apartments for rent car are not suitable for swimming as there are just rocks basically and pretty much no sand. It’s great for walks and saline spotting but not great for swimming.
Unfortunately, when we visited Flic-en-Flac beach, it wasn’t sunny, so we couldn’t see how blue the water was there. While the beach is very long, we didn’t see anyone swimming. The water was a bit murky and there was a lot of seaweed. Also, Flic-en-Flac doesn’t feel as tropical as a lot of other beaches in Mauritius – instead of palm trees, there are Filao trees (which is a type of pine tree). They look great, too!
There are also too many vendors and little shacks around the beach, it felt more like a commercial area than a nice relaxing beach.
Calodyne beach (Zilwa Attitude)
Finally, the last one of the worst beaches in Mauritius is Calodyne beach. We visited it while staying at Zilwa Attitude, which was also a very disappointing resort I would never recommend to anyone. While the views from the beach are some of the best in Mauritius – the water is turquoise, and you can see the beautiful Gunner’s Coin island from there, the water on the beach is actually very murky and didn’t look clean. As a consequence, no one at the resort was swimming in the water, which is kind of disappointing, considering the fact that most people came there to swim.
Summary of the best beaches in Mauritius
If you were wondering what is the best beach in Mauritius, I hope that this article helped to make up your mind. I know how important it is to pick a good beach, especially if you’re booking a hotel/resort in one place for the duration of your stay. To summarise, my personal top 3 of beaches in Mauritius would be the beaches of the Le Morne Peninsula, Palmar Beach & Quatre Cocos Beaches and the beaches near Pereybere / Trou-Aux-Biches.
Here are some other articles that you might find useful:
The itinerary for 7 days in Mauritius
The ultimate guide to Seychelles
1 thought on “What is the best beach in Mauritius? 7 best beaches in Mauritius (and 3 to avoid!)”
So, I now know which beaches I can totally skip.