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Mauritius
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Mauritius

Mauritius at a Glance

Mauritius is home to Africa's wealthiest city and a host of gorgeous beaches. Lounge at a resort, explore the 100% public beaches, snorkel, hike and bird-watch to get the feel for this festive and comfortable island. 

Resorts ring Mauritius and attract the bulk of its tourists. Bath in swimming pools or in gentle ocean waters.  Enjoy the trade winds blowing across your face to help keep you cool. Snorkel, dive and explore the underwater world filled with tortoises, fish and sting rays.

If you care to adventure away from the beach, explore the museums on colonization and on traditional culture. Don't forget to taste the fabulous mixture of French, Chinese, Indian and Mauritian flavors at a series of impressive restaurants. Dive in at markets and purchase locally made textiles. Gaze upon huge tropical fruits and a collection of plants and herbs used for healing. For those with four wheel drive, the island's interior awaits. 

                    

What to Expect
High Season
May - December
Low Season
January - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to Mauritius don't need a visa if they plan on staying their for less than three months. They need a valid passport with a page left for stamping, a return ticket and proof of accommodations for when they arrive in Mauritius. Learn more at the Embassy of Mauritius's website. American travelers can also use the U.S State Department's website as a travel resource. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: January and February are cyclone season months. Cyclones rarely hit the island directly, but can bring bad weather during this time. 

      Safety Concerns Watch out for pickpockets and avoid street demonstrations as they sometimes get a bit violent. Women should avoid walking alone at night, particularly on deserted beaches. Don't park your car or lie under coconut trees; falling coconuts can be very damaging. 

      Heath Concerns Drink purified water, either from a resort, a bottle or after the water has been purified by boiling.