The north of Mauritius island is home to the most buzzing towns as well as sleepy coastal towns with the most idyllic beaches imaginable. There are lots of things to to see and do, so it is best to stick around this area for a while. Book yourself a private villa in North Mauritius and off you go, exploring the northern part of this multicultural island of Africa. Here are 5 places you shouldn’t miss out on in north Mauritius:
1. Grand Baie
Grand Baie is the most touristy town on the island, and it is no wonder why. This buzzing town features beautiful beaches, boulevards, shopping malls, bars, watersports, markets – everything to excite any type of traveler. Those who like to have entertainment nearby, definitely seek out a villa in or near to Grand Baie. Famous bars to check out include the Buddha Bar, Zanzibar, Les Enfants Terrible and Banana Bar.
The Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses, also known as SSR Botanic Garden sits on no less than 37 hectares of verdant, tropical land. It is a stunning place with water lily ponds, a collection of 85 palm trees and a dedicated spice garden with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and camphor. While wandering around in this expansive paradise-like garden, you may encounter deer and giant turtles. You will also pass by the gorgeous colonial mansion Le Château Mon Plaisir, built as a ‘pleasure castle’ by the British in 1823 and later used as a quarantine during an outbreak of cholera. Pamplemousses is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, and it is a definite must-visit!
3.Trou aux Biches Beach
Claimed to be one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, spending a day at this beautiful place will be more than perfect! Soft white sands, a calm crystal clear, azure blue sea and a magnificent sunset to gaze at. Paradise is right here on planet earth, in Mauritius at Trou aux Biches Beach. There are plenty of sunbeds shaded by thatched beach umbrellas and many beachfront venues for drinks and dinner to the sound of the sea and the view of the setting sun. Wow!
4. Château Labourdonnais
This is a historical Victorian mansion built back in 1856. It is delightful to discover the chambers of this colonial palace and wander around the beautiful gardens and orchards surrounding Château Labourdonnais. The surrounding gardens are planted with an abundance of spice plants and exotic fruit trees, including a collection of over 50 varieties of mango trees. You may encounter tortoises that made these gardens their homes. At the end of the tour, you can sit down at the tasting bar where you get to try out different kinds of rums, fruit juices and jams, made with produce from the orchard and the distillery.
5. The lighthouse of Pointe aux Canonniers
Pointe aux Canonniers is not only a beautiful white sandy beach where you can swim, relax and let days turn into the balmy seaside evening; this beach is also home to an old lighthouse. Visiting the lighthouse makes a nice break from all of the sun tanning you’ve been doing. The lighthouse was built in 1855 by the British on an old French Fort and was used until 1932. The lighthouse is found at Hotel Canonniers.
Written by Stephanie of Villa-Finder.com