Top 10 beaches in Mauritius

Situated in the Indian Ocean, the island of Mauritius is surrounded by turquoise sea, flanked by hundreds of white sand beaches.

Here’s our list of the top 10 must-see beaches in Mauritius.

Grand Baie beach, Mauritius

Grand Baie beach, Mauritius

1. Grand Baie

On the sheltered north coast, Grand Baie is teeming with hotels, restaurants and shops. It may not be the quiet spot it once was but it’s definitely worth a visit and has a magnificent beach. You can enjoy watersports and deep sea fishing from here too.

2. Péreybère

One of the most popular places for swimming on the island is the northern beach of Péreybère. Popular at weekends with local Mauritians, the water is beautifully clear.

3. La Cuvette

Close to Péreybère is this gem of a beach. It’s a small, horse-shoe shaped beach with glass-like water. There are shady spots under the trees dotted along the top edge of the sand. Get here early at the weekend as it’s popular with local people.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

4. Belle Mare Plage

On the peaceful East coast is the beach belonging to Constance Belle Mare Plage. This long stretch of beach gently curves around the bay, and faces directly out to the reef beyond. The water is calm for swimming. Catch amazing sunrises from here if you’re up early enough, and at night you can enjoy some fabulous star gazing.

5. Roche Noires

North of Belle Mare Plage along the East coast is the beach of Roche Noires. Black volcanic rocks line part of the water’s edge, wedged deep into a long stretch of white sand. Calm water makes it safe for swimming. The east coast gets the offshore winds in the winter, making it a good spot for sailing.

6. Blue Bay

In the south-east of the island, near the airport, is the well-known Blue Bay beach. Soft sand, clear calm water and shady spots make this beach very popular at the weekend. Further along the beach are some rocks, from where you can head into the water for some great snorkelling. 

Gris Gris beach, Mauritius

Gris Gris beach, Mauritius

7. Gris Gris

The south of the island is home to the most dramatic beaches on the island. Top of these is the breathtakingly beautiful Gris Gris. From the cliffs above you can look down to the wide stretch of sand below, and the large waves as they come pounding into the shore. It’s not safe to swim here but walk along the shell-filled beach and shoreline, and feel your spirit soar.

8. Pomponnette

Children playing on Pomponnette beach

Children playing on Pomponnette beach

Drive west along a winding road through small fishing villages with colourful houses, verdant vegetation and Hindu temples until you reach the long beach of Pomponnette. Untouristy and quiet, the water’s calmer here than at Gris Gris but still be careful when swimming.

9. Flic en Flac

This small village on the West coast is popular with tourists. You’ll find a growing hotel and restaurant trade, as well as dolphin watching tours. The white sand beach is popular at the weekend.

Surfers at Tamarin Bay

Surfers at Tamarin Bay

10. Tamarin

North  along the West coast is Tamarin bay. Tamarin isn’t protected by the reef, so the sea is rougher here than at Flic en Flac. But that makes it ideal for surfing, and long walks along the sand. The Tamarin river forms an estuary here, backed by mountains to the East.

 

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  3. Hi,

    I disagree with your two first choises :
    - Grand Baie is beautifull but there are two many boats around and too close from the main road.
    - At Pereybere there are too many people and you can’t enjoy the beach as you’re disturb quite often by local activities reseller.

    In my opinion the public beach of Belle Mare (and of Belle mare Hotel) are the most beautifful of the island as they are very large, pure sand, no problems with boats and peacefull.

    Enjoy the life at Mauritius and at Constance!

    • Ah, thanks so much – we also think the public beach at Belle Mare is stunning, so we’re pleased you’d put it at number 1!

      We’ll be interested to hear if anyone else thinks we’ve got the beaches in the wrong order, too….

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