With its clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and tropical climate, Mauritius is often a go-to destination for honeymooners and affluent jet setters looking to unwind. But don't let the sparkling ocean and island vibes fool you, there is more to this tropical paradise than coconuts and days upon days of snorkeling. With plenty of history, culture and buzzing nightlife, those who travel to Mauritius will find there's more to do than while away the days on a sunbed. Consult our Mauritius travel guide for the best of island luxury.
Mauritius was made for those who simply want to lie on the beach all day, but if you feel the need to venture beyond the luxury of a resort, here are a few attractions worth seeking out when you visit Mauritius.
Things Not to Miss in Mauritius
• Port Louis – the Island's capital is the wealthiest city in Africa.
• Markets – the clothing stalls in Quatre Bornes, a small town in the center of the island, are a visual treat while Mahebourg market is the most traditional bazaar.
• Golfing – Mauritius is home to a number of top tier golf courses including the Ernie Els designed "Anahita" course.
• Chamarel Waterfall – the highest waterfall in Mauritius plunges 85 meters down against a backdrop of forest and mountains.
• Eureka – this plantation mansion turned museum offers visitors a historic look at the island's colonial past.
When to Go to Mauritius
Just 20 degrees south of the equator, Mauritius travel offers tropical sunshine throughout the year. The summer (October – March) is wetter than the winter months with temperatures around 85 degrees. December through March is the best time of year for scuba diving and deep-sea fishing.