In Mauritius, when we speak of “the north”, Grand Baie is the first place that comes to mind. The town serves as the starting point for sailing trips to the northern islands and for other sea activities. Grand Baie has two beaches, one of which is “La Cuvette", a discreet hideaway, where you can still find the rare “tec-tec” hidden in the sand. Take a walk through the narrow streets behind the town's main road and enjoy what the small local boutiques have to offer.
Take a drive down the coastline and capture some of our island's scenic jewels, such as the red-roofed Cap Malheureux church, Gunner's Point, Flat Island and Round Island. Further on, the village of Grand Gaube is known for the craftsmanship of its marine carpenters and for regattas, a famous local pastime.
Known by botanists the world over, Pamplemousses is famous for its important collection of exotic and indigenous plants. Worthy of a special mention are the giant water lilies and a large variety of palm trees among which the exceptional Talipot palm known to flourish only once during its sixty-year life span, just before dying away.
Close to Pamplemousses Garden is an ancient sugar factory, which has been turned into the “adventure of sugar” museum, to tell the story of the Mauritian sugar industry.
Take a closer look at what awaits you in the north.