One of the most exotic beach destinations we’ve reviewed is Mauritius. Sometimes, maybe what makes these places so attractive is that they are so hard to get to. It’s like digging for gold. When you do find it, it is a pleasure not many have experienced.
And you know where you are, a tad east of Madagascar but in an oh-so-tiny island in the middle of a big, Indian Ocean, which many parts still belong to the British. This area of the globe is blessed with beaches, not only on Mauritius, but the Seychelles and the Maldives as well. If you’re a jet setter, you could keep coming back!
So we invite you to take a few minutes and see the pictures and videos of one of our favorite spots on earth. You will be delighted and intrigued by what may be your next vacation destination. Enjoy.
Just north of the Tropic of Capricorn lies the island country of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. It’s actually a few islands; a main island and three other islands, and about 22 largely uninhabited islands.
Mark Twain, who visited the island in 1896, so impressed by its beauty, said, “God first made Mauritius and from it, He created Paradise.”
Mauritius is striking because it once was a volcano. Extinct for some 100,000 years, you have peaks and rock strutting right down into the sea. And, as if icing on the wondrous landscape, a coral reef surrounds the islands.
Trivia: The Dodo bird, a large, flightless critter, once lived here. When the Dutch arrived around 1600, they killed off most of them. Their pets killed the rest and they were extinct by 1681. Yes, the Dutch sailors might have eaten a few, but it was actually something else that did them in.
In the 17th century, the Dutch cut down most of the ebony trees and sold them in Europe. This was home and food source for the Dodo bird. Along with the animals brought from the ships; rats, cats, dogs, pigs… these destroyed most of the nests.
The Dutch did bring one thing you may see while you’re on Mauritius: deer. The Sambhar Deer is actually a protected species. For pictures of deer and their habitat, we’ll post more pictures of Mauritius Sambhar shortly.
You’re here for the beaches, and we have a total of 13! If you’re anxious to go, know that December to April are generally hot and humid. June to November are the cooler, drier months. A cyclone could arrive during the warm season.