The North of Mauritius is an area that has undergone rapid development over the course of the last 2 decades. That being said, this part of the island has retained its tropical allure, which is evidently why the North is privileged by expatriates, tourists, and Mauritians alike.
Modern infrastructures and facilities in the North of Mauritius
Over and above its authentic tropical setting, the North has modern infrastructures such as world-class medical facilities, schools that provide international level education, and a variety of shopping malls that include cinemas, high-end clothing outlets, utility shops and hypermarkets. Also present are business-related facilities: business parks, offices of major insurance companies, and major banks. The presence of all these circumvents the need to go to Port Louis for business purposes. Most of these modern infrastructures are located in Grand Baie, the seaside village which we have explored in a previous blog article. Grand Baie is also known for its bustling nightlife, with clubs such as Insomnia, OMG, and Le Bar & Vous.
Mont Choisy & Anse La Raie
Grand Baie is by no means the only place to be in the North. Sure, it has the appeal of modern lifestyle, but life in Mauritius has so much more to offer. Mont Choisy, which is located 15 minutes away from St. Antoine – Private Residence, is a seaside town that hosts the most extensive beach of Mauritius. Stretching over 3 kilometres, Mont Choisy beach is an exceptional spot for gentle strolls on the beach or snorkeling. Golfers will be pleased to know that there is an 18-hole course at Mont Choisy, the only golf course in the North. If you’re a kitesurf enthusiast, Anse La Raie beach is a choice spot to engage in your favourite nautical activity. Located near the village of Calodyne in the North, Anse La Raie is also great for snorkelling. As with practically all the public beaches in Mauritius, there are standard facilities such as beach huts, a forested picnic area, and clean restrooms.
The rurality of Goodlands is also a good area to explore if you wish to immerse yourself in the rural lifestyle of Mauritius. A mere 10 minutes drive from St. Antoine – Private Residence, this village has an array of facilities: a bus station, snack shops, typical Mauritian restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets and even a small casino. Goodlands is perfect for family & friend excursions.
Other fun activities, and places to visit
Chocolate lovers will definitely want to visit the Van Ann chocolaterie in Calebasses. Established by a Belgian expatriate in 1992, this place is a must for those who like to indulge their sweet tooth. Famous for its pralines, Van Ann is a fixture in the chocolate industry of Mauritius. Fair warning though, you may find it hard to stop eating their chocolates! To walk off all the chocolate you may have consumed, we suggest taking a trip in the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses. Filled with indigenous and tropical plant species, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is a living and breathing monument. Visited by botanists all over the globe, this park has spectacular flora which includes giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies and the numerous species of palm trees. You can also see the Talipot tree there, which blooms only once every fifty to seventy years.
Other notable places you will wish to visit in the North: Les Vergers de Labourdonnais in Mapou (where you can buy seedlings for your indoor or outdoor garden), the Red Roof Chapel in Cap Malheureux (for pure architectural beauty steps away from the sea), and Paul & Virginie Monument in Poudre d’Or (for its poignant history).
As you might have figured by now, the list of activities in the North is abundant. The ones we mention in this blog are just the tip of the iceberg. Wet trust you to discover more fun things to do in the North. Share your experiences with us in the comments!