The Inland Towns of Mauritius
Formerly a small fishing village on the Northern coast, Grand Bay is nowadays the most famous seaside resort of the island. Surrounded by an emerald green lagoon, Grand Bay has many luxurious hotels. The village has all the essential services like supermarkets, pharmacies, doctors, post office and police station. Moreover, a great number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs can be found in the area. Shopping is also a real threat with its clothing stores, jewellery shops. Grand Bay is also the place to be if you want to practice water sports and scuba diving. And if you want to explore the coral reefs and the lagoons, there are the glass bottom boats and you can even go for an undersea walk among the fishes if you feel brave enough.
The former capital of Mauritius under the French, Mahebourg is the only village with Port-Louis that has retained some traces of the colonial past and architecture. Situated in the South East of the island, some fifteen minutes from the airport, this historical village shelters the Naval Museum witness of the great naval battle at Mahebourg between the French and English in 1810 for the occupation of the island.Mahebourg is nowadays a calm coastal village, exept on market days. However with the construction of a waterfront, Mahebourg will surely develop into the main tourist attraction of the South in the years to come.