An insider’s guide to…
Grand-Baie. Grand-Baie is the departure point for catamarans heading towards the islands of the North. On the way there you could bump into pods of dolphins and shoals of flying fish. Beyond the coral reef, the mountain peaks and the beaches appear in all their magnificence, tinted with the purple of distance. In front of you a string of little islands appear. They have descriptive names: Corner of the Sea, Flat Island, Round Island, Serpent Island, Gabriel Island. These islands are natural reserves surrounded by translucent waters. Lie on the fine sand and look up into the sky. Troupes of white seabirds, the paille-en-queue, circle and dive in a never-ending ballet routine.
If you don’t have sea legs, you will be pleased to know that Grand-Baie is well connected to the rest of the island by a major motorway and several subsidiary roads. This makes outings by car or by public transport or through travel agencies very easy. For lovers of shopping, or food aficionados or insomniac night birds, Grand-Baie is the place to be. There are shops bearing designer labels or selling souvenirs along the main street or in commercial centres. There are restaurants of every kind and to suit every budget. A number of colourful street vendors will tempt you with local delicacies. In the evening, you can enjoy a cocktail in a bar under palm trees. If you’re keen to stay up till the small hours of the morning, the night clubs along the coast will allow you to do just that.
The beaches of Pereybere and Mont Choisy rank among the best island-wide. Whether you are sitting in the shade of a filao tree or stretched out in the sun, you will feel wonderful in these surroundings.
Discover the North
No shortage of things to do in Grand-Baie! Grand-Baie is a lively town popular with tourists. It is at the hub of Mauritian life and the departure point for many excursions out to sea.
STREET FOOD, RESTAURANTS & CO.
Tucked away in their food trucks, the travelling vendors sell fritters and spiced local fare, while the fishermen lay out their catch of the day on wood stalls. The bustling streets are packed with restaurants for every palate and budget as well as bars, including the famous Banana Beach Café and the Sunset Café located on Sunset Boulevard.
A GUIDE TO SHOPPING
Grand Baie, with its boutiques and open-air markets is the perfect place to score a cool gift to take back. Grand Baie La Croisette has many boutiques, a cinema and great spots to grab a bite! The bazaar of Grand Baie sells local, handmade souvenirs by artisans, while Sunset Boulevard, a shopping street, will appeal to those seeking out trendy boutiques. The shop Highlight Boutique is packed with funky bargains. Habit is another great address.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Veranda Grand Baie plans outings at sea on a catamaran, glass-bottom boat excursions, scuba-diving, deep-sea fishing and numerous other activities. In Grand Baie, the villagers have set up a bocce ball court. Plunge into the past and learn about the Chinese immigrants at the Chinese Heritage Center. Near the hotel is La Cuvette, a quiet cove with a gorgeous sandy beach and tropical-warm water.
A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY
A journey through history with: Le Domaine de Labourdonnais, a former sugar plantation wonderfully preserved: L’Aventure du Sucre, a museum set in a former sugar factory; The Pamplemousses gardens, with species originating from around the world by the naturalist Pierre Poivre and the Saint Francois d’Assise church facing the gardens.
THE CAPITAL, PORT LOUIS
Port Louis is the ideal place to capture the history and heritage of Mauritius. The Market place, traditional shops, places of worship and old colonial houses. Not to be missed: the Caudan Waterfront and its Craft market, the Appravasi Ghat museum, the Blue Penny Museum and the recent street art spread around the capital city, tribute to the Porlwi by Light yearly festival.
A MULTITUDES OF CULTURES
Cap Malheureux village is famous for its charming bright red-roof chapel back dropped by the turquoise lagoon and in Triolet, a few miles down the coastal road, let colour guide you to the biggest Hindu temple on the island. Everyone is invited here to participate to every celebration or simply wander around and visit. Not to be missed as well: the various Hindu and Tamil temples of Grand-Baie, the island’s pagodas and the Great Mosque in Port Louis