The beaches in Mauritius are the main reason why this Indian Ocean island is one of our most popular destinations. It’s fringed almost entirely by beautiful stretches of sand, many with National Geographic-worthy mountain backdrops. Most of our featured resorts back the best beaches in Mauritius on the west or east coasts, while others are wrapped around hidden-away coves at the northern tip of the island. All Mauritius beaches are public and a family beach barbecue is a weekend event for islanders. The atmosphere at some of the most popular beaches like Flic-en-Flac in the west and Belle Mare in the east is wonderfully lively and there will be plenty of vendors around selling food and souvenirs.
Flic en Flac, with its white coral sand and a reef-protected lagoon that shines a seemingly impossible shade of turquoise under a clear blue sky, is the epitome of the beaches along the west coast. The northern stretch is where you will find the lively public beach while in the south there is a string of luxury resorts including Sugar Beach, La Pirogue and Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa. Look south from here and you can enjoy views over Tamarin Bay towards the mountain, La Tourelle du Tamarin. Flic en Flac is also one of the top spots on the island to see that Indian Ocean sunset of dreams.
Tamarin Bay’s beach is split in two by the mouth of a river and the bay itself is best known as the morning hang-out spot of a large pod of wild dolphins. There’s no reef protecting this particular bit of coast making it the go-to destination for surfers and body boarders. Although it’s actually situated at the southern end of Flic en Flac beach, Sands Suites Resort & Spa has the best views over the bay.
The beaches of the Le Morne Peninsula, which is located in the south-west corner of the island, are the most scenically spectacular with the La Morne Brabant mountain in the background. This part of the coast is slightly less sheltered than further along the west coast making it a popular place for kite surfing. From the St. Regis Mauritius Resort you can give the adrenaline-inducing sport a go yourself, or maybe just watch the pros from the beach.
Trou-aux-Biches and Mont Choisy are the beaches of choice in the island’s north-west corner. Our nearest hotel to this award-winning stretch of silver sand is Recif Attitude; it’s worth the short trip along the coast to make the most of the calm lagoon and nearby reef. Further north, beyond the resort town of Grand Baie, there are a handful of secluded coves and beaches that, while still technically public, are only accessible from the sea or from the resort itself. This is the case at Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel – where the clue’s in the name – and Zilwa Attitude which has its own private island.
The most popular beaches along the west coast are lined with hotels, towns and villages. The east coast is less developed with just a few exclusive hotels lining the shore and private islands set in the large crystal-clear lagoons. Belle Mare, which is located on the north-east coast, is one of Mauritius’ best beaches. It’s approximately six miles long, overlooks a large lagoon and is backed by just a few palm-scattered resorts and groves of native casuarina trees. It will take you a couple of hours to walk its entire length and as you do you’ll pass Long Beach, LUX* Belle Mare and Ambre. A little further south is Palmar, a rarely-visited beach that is home to one of the east coast’s newest hotels, C Mauritius. Head south and you’ll reach the ever-popular luxury resort of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa which has its own island ringed by pristine beaches and is just a short boat ride from the renowned Ile aux Cerfs, a tropical island playground. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita also has a private island; the coast of the mainland is lined by mangroves while on the island there are two talcum-white beaches.
The south coast of Mauritius is slightly wilder; with no protecting reef, there are larger waves and sea-sculpted cliffs. As you head west you’ll reach some wonderfully quiet beaches which back calm lagoons. There are just a handful of resorts here – including Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort, a real family favourite, and the beautiful Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort – and a few small villages.