The best family-friendly beaches in Mauritius
The endless beaches shaded by coconut palms make Mauritius a dream destination in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Mauritius provides not only spectacular lagoons but also calm water conditions, ideal for swimming and snorkeling as the island is surrounded by several coral reefs. Whether traveling with a baby, young children or teens, it seems that Mauritius can fulfill all the desires of families in search of sun, beach and beautiful memories.
We selected the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius accessible to the public and suitable for families.
BEACHES IN THE NORTH OF MAURITIUS
Mont Choisy Beach
We love this beach mainly because of its long forest of filao trees which allows to have a cool picnic in the shade or a nap without the risk of a sun burn! Mont Choisy is one of the longest beaches in Mauritius and is characterized by its gentle curve, shallow turquoise waters and fine sand. It is the perfect beach for kids to play, swim or go for a walk. The locals like to spend their weekends here to relax in the sun and enjoy the sea and the beautiful sunset. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. On weekdays, the beach is less crowded and much quieter.
There are no restaurants around and most of the people bring their own picnic. But you can find Street vendors who are selling refreshing coconuts, pineapples and other seasonal fruits. An ice cream and a burger van come several time a day, especially during the week-end.
Pereybere beach is located north, between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux. The 150 meters long beach is very popular among locals and every square meter of water is busy, especially on weekends and holidays. An abundance of food stalls are scattered along the beach where one can find freshly caught seafood everyday. A few meters from the beach are numerous bars and restaurants serving sumptuous Mauritian cuisine. Water sports are the primary mode of entertainment and plenty of deck chairs have been laid out for rent.
The water here is deeper than on many other beaches on the island, but still very quiet and not the slightest wave on the horizon. The water is perfectly clear and offers magnificent views of the marine life and corals. So don’t forget to bring your masks and snorkels!
La Cuvette Beach
La Cuvette is only a few minutes from the center of Grand Bay. This public beach is a little off the beaten track than other beaches in the area making it less crowded. It’s a small beach of only 80 meters long with a breathtaking view of the Pointe aux Canonniers. The beach is accentuated with hidden coves, big rocks and cliffs. There are a few food stalls where you can try out the local food. It’s the perfect place for those who like to swim, relax at a quiet and not too crowded beach.
Trou aux biches Beach
It is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches lined with coconut palms in Mauritius. The water is turquoise, shallow and calm with gently shelving sands, making it an ideal family beach. The snorkeling conditions are great at both ends of Trou aux Biches but you have to swim out a little and will be rewarded with a varied reef and many different and colorful fishes.
You will also find street food stands, cafes and restaurants within easy reach and many ice cream vendors. Beach attractions such as parasailing, kayak, pedal boating or windsurfing are available and for rent at the beach.
Trou aux Biches beach is situated north west, which makes it the perfect spot to admire beautiful sunsets.
Cap Malheureux Beach
Cap Malheureux is an authentic beach, in the north of Mauritius that offers a breathtaking view of the small islands off the coast. This beautiful village is still preserved and traditional and you will meet many fishermen and former colonial properties. The beach is nice for swimming and walking around to admire postcard landscapes.
WEST COAST BEACHES OF MAURITIUS
The atmosphere is peaceful and pleasant and the sunsets fabulous. Flic en Flac is a beautiful beach in the west of Mauritius, surrounded by a large forest of filao trees that provide shade. The currents can sometimes be strong at this beach, so stay in the designated swimming areas. On the weekends, the Mauritians head to the beach with the whole family and full picnic baskets. On the other side you can find the usual resort beaches with a different atmosphere.
Not far from the beach, there are numerous street food trucks who serve freshly cut coconut, pineapples or local food specialties. You should certainly try the national dishes of briyani with vegetables and roti.
Le Morne Beach
Le Morne beach provides an exceptional panorama on the mountain Le Morne Brabant, another UNESCO World Heritage site in Mauritius. The sand is white and the translucent water surrounded by a magnificent coral reef. The trees are close enough to the beach to give some shade.
Le Morne is THE favorite spot for surfers and kitesurfer and the conditions are perfect for practicing these sports almost all year round. On the other hand the sea can be agitated and the current makes swimming rather dangerous especially for children. But it’s worth a visit for the amazing landscape and to watch the kite- and windsurfers. There is only one restaurant near the beach and the usual Street Food Vans.
You have also the possibility to book private horse rides along the beach .
SOUTH COAST BEACHES OF MAURITIUS
Blue bay beach
Do not forget your diving goggles and a snorkel when you go to Blue Bay! This is another fantastic place to swim and snorkel. The shallow waters, the distance to the coral reef, as well as the large surface of the area make Blue Bay a great spot to learn your kids the basics of snorkeling.
Blue Bay is also well known for glass bottom boat and the snorkeling boat trips which brings you to the Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Unfortunately Mauritius is not spared by the coral death which affects all reefs in the world. Many corals are dead and the colourful coral islands are rare. But you can still spot a large variety of fishes.
Before your reach the beach there are many casuarina trees which spend nice shade if you want to have a cool picnic. Otherwise you can find some restaurants and cafes near by the beach.
La Prairie Beach
The place owes its name to the vast stretch of grass that grows to the edge of the water. La Prairie is a beach where you need to be a bit prepared before you go, but it is still well worth a visit, as it is one of the last major undeveloped beaches of the south.
It is the ideal beach to let children play freely in the lagoon without worrying due to the shallow waters, the quiet bay protected by the coral reef. La Prairie is known for its breathtaking views of Le Morne Brabant. Due to its isolated location, there is no real infrastructure here. On week-end, there are Street Food Vans around, but better bring your own picnic.
Don’t forget to take your beach water shoes. There might be some broken corals or small stones in the water.
EAST COAST BEACHES OF MAURITIUS
Belle Mare Beach
Belle Mare is surrounded by unspoiled nature as there has been little development on this side of the island, except of some few luxury villas and resorts. The beach of Belle Mare is located near the city of Mahébourg.
The Belle Mare beach is a shallow bay with fine white sand and crystal clear water. It is a very windy lagoon with small waves and and the currents can sometimes be a little stronger here than elsewhere on the island. Swimming can be less comfortable than in other places in Mauritius, especially with smaller kids.
On the other hand, the strong winds make this an ideal venue if you like windsurfing and sailing or other popular water activities.
Ile aux cerfs Beach (Island)
The Isle aux Cerfs is a must when you visit Mauritius! Although there are more and more tourists on this island, it is still worth to spend a day at this magical beach. From Trou d’Eau Douce you have the best starting point, as the island can be reached in a few minutes by a short boat ride (about 600 to 900 rupees).
In the front part of the island you can rent sunbeds, umbrellas and a watersports centre offering a range of fun activities. It is a popular place, especially on weekends, so better come early in the morning or on weekdays. If you prefer a moment of peace and a quiet place, you can stroll along the sandy beach bordering the island. In only 10 minutes walk you will find some beautiful deserted beach (don’t forget to bring your swimming shoes as there might be some broken corals and sea urchins in this deserted area). On Isle aux Cerfs you can find two charming restaurants and a bar on the front part of the Island.
General Tip: Since stonefish (one of the most venomous fish known) can be found all over Mauritius, it makes sense to wear bathing shoes when entering the water!
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