Located in the Indian Ocean, on the island of Mauritius there is a beach called "Belle Mare", whose name indicates what we will find when we tread its white coral sand. Spend the full day at the beach, bathing in turquoise waters, seeing fish, corals, crustaceans through its crystal clear waters. Then watch the sunset, a pleasure that few places can offer and I had the good fortune of enjoying.
This white sand paradise is a good place for diving, snorkeling and probably the best place in Mauritius for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The water is clear and blue, all in the shadow of a large mountain and forest of palm trees...it really is an idyllic place. We slept in Tamarin, which is cheaper, but we came to Le Morne to snorkel and spend the day on the beach. It is difficult, if not impossible, to eat in Le Morne unless you bring your own food with you, or you choose to eat in the hotels which can be expensive.
Flic en Flac was a fishing village until recently, when it became the second major tourist spot in Mauritius. But look what happened. Flic en Flac derived its name from the Dutch "Fried Landt Flaak" which literally means "Free and Flat Land." During the 1960s the town was only known for its cemetery, where people from nearby villages buried their dead relatives. There was also some duck and other wild bird hunting but nothing more. Unlike Grand Bay in the north, which undertook a savage development, Flic en Flac was monitored by the authorities. Strict rules were applied to buildings and premises. For example, to avoid turning Flic en Flac into slums, only 40% of a given parcel of land could be used for construction. During the 70's and 80's the economy was oriented towards sugar and textile exports. At this time the authorities were reluctant to develop tourism and licenses were not granted easily to international companies who wanted to open 5 star hotels in Mauritius. The authorities then spoke of "containing" the number of tourists. Suddenly competition increased and the price of sugar on the world market also fell sharply. Hence, the government revised its policy and encouraged expansion of tourism. In this perspective, several 5 star hotels were allowed to be built in the Flic en Flac region. When Flic en Flac became popular, the rich living in Mauritius bought in the area and built bungalows where they intended to stay during their vacation. During their absence they would rent to tourists and rapidly Flic en Flac became known as a holiday destination. This is really an example of what is currently happening in the rest of the island in terms of speculation. The site is really nice and friendly and I recommend sleeping for a few hours at the beach also around the city it has a couple of interesting tidbits, like a huge beachfront cemetery and sugar oven among the trees. All protected by coral reefs.
Without doubt this is one of the perfect beaches for those who feel a special weakness for sunsets. This area of the island, which is in the northwest, is much more touristy than the rest, first because the easterly winds are not exactly the most suitable for kitesurfing and windsurfing, which is what seems to be fashionable at the moment, and second because this area was at the time a hippy stronghold and there still is the odd trace. However, this beach is perfect for seeing the day die and for enjoying some beach bars, and they have Creole and Indian specialties at very good prices. After a hard day of sightseeing and being in the car, the relaxation is assured.
This is another beach on the east coast, which is virtually unknown by tourists and is reserved almost exclusively for the locals. Its main asset is the calm water as it is virtually enclosed by the reef and the shape of the bay, however the water is very clean and wonderfully transparent, like most of the beaches on the island. You can access the beach directly from the road and park under the trees. Under the shaded trees, as in other beaches, there are picnic tables and other services.