Place to Visit Mauritius Beaches
One of the most popular places to visit in Mauritius is Jardin des Pamplemousses, also known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical garden. The garden is spread over 62 acres with a wide variety of plant species, particularly the Talipot palm which flowers after 60 years and dies soon after. There is also the giant Amazon water lily whose leaves grow up to one and half metres.
Off the east coast of Mauritius is the popular and beautiful island of Isle Aux Cerfs. It has lovely secluded coves all around the island. There are also many snorkelling spots and water sports and even a 18 hole golf course.
On the western tip of Mauritius is an isolated peninsula, Le Morne Brabant with its imposing, 555m basaltic mountain that rises alone from the centre of Le Morne peninsula. It is said that slaves used Le Morne as a hideaway in early 1800s. Because of its slave history; it has been declared a world heritage site and is a popular tourist destination with a golf course, scuba diving, snorkelling, wind surfing, water skiing and boating trips to nearby islands.
Coloured Earth of Chamarel is another must see place in Mauritius. This geological rock formation called the "Seven Coloured Earth" is comprised of dunes of seven different colored layers, seen best in early morning sunlight. The colour bands are believed to result from the uneven rates at which the once-molten rock cooled. One can buy trinkets with test tube creations of the earth at the site.
Located on the north coast of Mauritius, is the pretty bay, Grand Baie. This pretty horseshoe-shaped bay is lined with many hotels, restaurants and designer stores. The usual exotic Mauritian activities are on offer like water sports, diving, snorkelling and glass-bottomed boat trips. Although this town has sprung quite rapidly from a small fishing village into a popular tourist spot, the friendly small town atmosphere still remains intact. Day trips to nearby Flat Island and Gabriel Island, and Coin de Mire are a big hit.
Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius and was named after Louis XV of France by the French East India Company which set up its headquarters in 1722. Later, the British developed the city into a major port. Now Port Louis is a popular tourist attraction. The Caudan Waterfront is the hub of the city with its trendy shops, cinemas and restaurants. The Central Market is another one of Port Louis' most memorable attractions with mounds of tropical fruit and real vanilla pods. The Chinese quarter has plenty of little restaurants and food stalls. There is also the island's most beautiful Jummah Mosque built in 1853 with its amazing teak doors and decorations.