The Mysterious Mauritius

Did you know that you could take a beach vacation in Southeast Africa? Neither did I. Because usually when I think of vacationing in Africa, I think of either roaming the deserts of Morocco, exploring the safari in Kenya or checking out the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. So when I recently discovered the island of Mauritius, I was eager to explore all of the amenities this magical wonderland had to offer.

Mauritius boasts a multicultural population with various dialects ranging from English, French, and Asian. It’s the 180th largest nation, surrounded by 93 miles of white sandy beaches. The lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world’s third largest coral reef which surround the entire island. Home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals, Mauritius was the only known habitat for the ‘dodo’ bird which became extinct in 1681.

With its tropical climate, inviting beaches, and friendly locals- it’s no wonder why Mauritius is one of the world’s top luxury tourism destinations. With glorious mountain scenery and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, guests on the island can enjoy an array of amenities. For outdoor sports- there’s hiking, golfing, mountain biking and even horseback riding. For water activities- kayaking, deep sea fishing, and more. And for those who are not the sporty or adventurous type, there’s an abundance of shopping, spa relaxation, and restaurants/bars.

Stay: The Oberoi Hotel (lowest rates available from April to October)

See: Grand Bay (to shop and eat), Port-Louis Bazaar (for locally made crafts), SSR Botanical Gardens

Sip: Fresh coconut water (non-alcoholic) and Phoenix beer (alcoholic; local brew)

Savour: Octopus Vindaye/Vindaloo (local specialty of fish cooked in mustard curry)

Souvenir: Anything adorned with the dodo bird and locally made tea for brewing

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