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Grand Baie

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

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.

To see

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.

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.

pros

  • +  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)

cons

  • -  The quality of the beaches varies greatly
  • -  The nature is less authentic than in the south

To think about

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.

To try

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.

Weather Grand Baie

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Grand Baie . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Grand Baie so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Grand Baie , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather September
Overall rating 81/100
  • Temperature indicators 98% Optimal

    Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 82% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 62% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 64% Wind

    High air temperature (>24°C), pleasant to high sea temperature (between 22°C and 24°C), moderate to strong winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph).

  • Wind indicators 54% Warm breeze

    Moderate to strong winds (between 18 mph and 24mph) with high temperatures.

  • Humidity indicators 70% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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