A delicious mocktail of European, Indian and African cultures together make up the wonder that is Mauritius. When you travel to this small island in the Indian Ocean, you will be greeted with gorgeous lagoons, radically shaped volcanic mountains and beautiful historical attractions. Mauritius is surrounded by beauty as it is located east of Madagascar, Northeast of Reunion and southeast of the Seychelles.
Beach-a-holics can kick-start the trip by heading towards the stunning beaches. Some of the classic favorites are the northern beaches like Trou aux Biches, shaded by towering casuarinas trees. Spend some time at the Mont Choisy which runs for 2 km (1.2 mile). Sit on the sun-drenched white sand beach and watch the sun disappear behind the sparkling waters.
The Grand Baie and Cap Malhreureux lies in the small cove of Pereybere. With its shimmering emerald waters, Grand Baie has turned into the hub of the island's watersports industry with tourists indulging in parasailing, underwater walks, submarine excursions and semi-submersible scooters and so forth. Take a trip to La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes nature park. It is usually referred to as the Crocodile Park owing to the presence of thousands of Nile crocodiles. It is the only destination globally to breed Radiata and Aldabra giant tortoises and also possesses deer, monkeys, boar, an insectarium, aquarium and a small museum.
A trip to Mauritius would be incomplete without heading over to its dynamic capital - Port Louis. Marvel at the stunning colonial architecture such as the Government House, which is perched atop the palm-lined Place d'Armes. Spend some time at the Blue Penny Museum to look at the planet's rarest stamps or gaze in awe at the dodo skeletons in the Natural History Museum. Soak in the colonial past of the lively town of Mahebourg by admiring the colonial buildings and stalls on the waterfront. Don't forget to visit the National History Museum in Mahebourg where rooms are devoted to the Dutch, French and British periods of colonial rule.
Those who enjoy exploring the aquatic universe can visit Mauritius' only marine park, Blue Bay. Swim, snorkel or take a glass-bottomed boat to view fished and over 50 species of coral. One can even take a luxury excursion to the private island, Iles des Deux Cocos, just off the coast to experience the park from there. One should not miss out on wandering about the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, situated near Port Louis. The third oldest botanical gardens in the globe and the most ancient in the southern hemisphere has a global collection of plants, including a huge pond of giant Amazon lilies and the talipot palm, which flowers once every 60 years, then dies.
When it comes to shopping, be on the lookout for locally produced baskets, tea, spices and fabrics. A popular item for souvenirs in Mauritius are ships. As for cuisine, don't miss out on local fare and indulge in Camarons (freshwater prawns in a hot sauce), Dholl puri (Wheat pancake stuffed with ground peas and served with curry) and Rougaille (Popular Creole tomato stew with meat or fish, garlic, onion and thyme).
The stay options in Mauritius are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Mauritius experiences tropical maritime climate. The best time to visit would be from May to October for the temperatures are warm and dry.