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Grand Baie

  • Grand Baie is the main seaside resort in Mauritius and it is full of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs mainly aimed at tourists and the upper Mauritian classes.
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  • Grand Baie has become overrun with all kinds of shops and plentiful restaurants.
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  • Grand Baie was originally a small fishing village.
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  • Grand Baie has the largest number of hotels in Mauritius.
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  • The beaches surrounding the Grand Baie area are long and wide, like the one at Cuvette, to the north of the town.
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  • As a rule, it is the north of the island that enjoys the sunniest conditions.
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  • Which of the three towns of the central plateau is the ugliest? The rainiest? The most affected by traffic jams? The most interesting for shopping? It has become difficult to tell the three towns apart from one another as they have developed so much alike and nearly into one city. Every morning, 100,000 Mauritians commute to work here and then drive home in the evening to their bedroom suburbs. These ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Mauritius

Which of the three towns of the central plateau is the ugliest? The rainiest? The most affected by traffic jams? The most interesting for shopping? It has become difficult to tell the three towns apart from one another as they have developed so much alike and nearly into one city. Every morning, 100,000 Mauritians commute to work here and then drive home in the evening to their bedroom suburbs. These towns' reputation rests on their markets and shops where low price clothing is sold.

Grand Baie: what to do?

At the weekend, have a picnic on the Trou aux Biches or Mont Choisy beaches. Under the filao trees near the lagoon. Do as the Mauritians do and come along with your family, unpacking hard-boiled eggs, rice salads and cold cuts onto blankets. There is no point in bringing dessert, however, as ice cream vendors (in colourful vans) are everywhere.

Cap Malheureux Church, on the seaside of the peninsula of the same name. A trypical, brightly coloured island church (red roof and white walls), overlooking the lagoon and the island of Coin de Mire just off the coast. Sunday morning mass always attracts many of the island's residents. During the week, however, there is nobody around, making it perfect for enjoying the view in complete tranquillity.

  • A wide range of hotels to choose from (from the small and charming to the more luxurious)
  • The proximity to Grand Baie (for entertainment and shopping)
  • The quality of the beaches varies greatly
  • The nature is less authentic than in the south

Grand Baie: what to visit?

The flora

Reminders

Don't forget to allow sufficient time to get to the airport. There is currently no road that bypasses Port Louis, meaning it takes one and a half hours on average, or two hours at peak times, to travel from Grand Baie to Mahébourg. Remember also that tax-free goods are not only available upon departure from Mauritius (international flights), but also upon arrival: a shop sells alcohol and cartons of international brand cigarettes.

To avoid

Take a walk or cycle along the road running from Grand Baie to Peyrebère. Although it is picturesque (it is surrounded by flamboyants, and private houses and gardens offering views of the lagoon), the traffic (cars, delivery lorries, buses) makes it a difficult road to walk along. Instead, walk along the beach and cycle on the small inland roads.

Grand Baie: what to eat?

A gourmet meal at Le Pescatore restaurant. Located in Trou aux Biches, in a traditional Creole house with a veranda overlooking the lagoon. Here freshly caught fish and seafood are served in salads and curries or simply grilled and seasoned with herbs. Other dishes to try include vindaye d'ourites (pieces of octopus in a vinegar and garlic sauce), fillet of ballan wrasse and grilled giant African threadfin served with lime.

Grand Baie Reviewedhotels
  • 9.8 /10
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    Le Royal Palm
    Grand Baie - Mauritius
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Ambience hotel, the Royal Palm remains the same while fashions ...

  • 7.8 /10
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    20 Degres Sud
    Grand Baie - Mauritius
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Open since November 2005, the 20°Sud is a small, charming boutique ...

  • 7.7 /10
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    Mauricia Beachcomber Resort & Spa
    Grand Baie - Mauritius
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Very close to Grand-Baie, the Mauricia will mainly fit young ...

  • 7.5 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Veranda Grand Baie
    Grand Baie - Mauritius
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    A Creole architecture hotel built on the oceanfront, a few steps ...

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