Top ten reasons to spend your summer holidays in Mauritius

A jewel in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is most people’s idea of paradise. But while the beaches are idyllic and the food divine, the tropical island has many other delights to offer. Here are the top ten reasons why you should visit Mauritius.

1. The climate

Thanks to its tropical climate, Mauritius weather is warm all year round, never dropping much below 22 deg C in the daytime and 18 deg C at night. You can expect the average amount of sun to be between six and eight hours a day, and a water temperature of 24-28 deg C. The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool, dry and sunny. Peak season is actually during January and February but these months are the hottest and also the most humid.

2. The beaches

When considering things to do in Mauritius, laying on a beach, coconut water in hand, must be near the top of the list. Whether you just enjoy listening to the lapping of the waves in the turquoise waters or prefer more thrilling activities on the water, there are over 160km of beaches to choose from. Trou aux Biches features flat, shallow water and a nearby reef that’s ideal for snorkelling, while the small island of Ile aux Cerfs boasts some of the most romantic hidden beaches in the world. But for sheer beach beauty, head to Belle Mare Plage, a 10km-long pristine white sand beach that attracts sunbathers, snorkellers and divers in equal number.

3. The culture

Mauritius is a curious blend of different cultures, creating a diverse population. For a sense of its history head to the capital Port Louis, which was used as a harbour when the French first landed in the 17th Century, and wander around the old spice shops and colonial buildings. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Central Market, with its vast array of fruits and vegetables, as well as textiles, street food and, of course, rum. This is also the best place to try some of the food, a blend of Creole, Chinese, European and Indian influences.