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Mauritius is more than just another gorgeous beach island. The mix of Indian, African, French, Chinese, and English heritage has given it an incredible creole vibe, influencing the culture and food in ways that will surprise and delight you.
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Grand Bassin, Mauritius
Grand Bassin, a large volcanic crater lake, is situated high in the hills near Black River Gorges. While the lake itself is a draw for nature lovers, this scenic spot is also home to Ganga Talao, the most sacred Hindu spot on the island. Take your...
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Immeuble Caudan Water Front, Port Louis, Mauritius
You have your photos. You have your memories. But you're a bibliophile. You want a book: A book that you can pull out to help explain the wonder of Mauritius. To find such a book, there's only one place to go: Mauritius' signature book store,...
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Balaclava, Turtle Bay, Mauritius
Mauritius beaches boast miles and miles of pristine white sand and the most transparent water. It's the perfect place to walk—and search for sea creatures. Meander along the waterline when the tide runs low so you can find your own piece of...
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B18 Pamplemousses MU 21001, B18, Pamplemousses, Mauritius
Some might say that rum is Mauritius' lifeblood. But where does rum come from? Sugar. And sugar manufacturing is a huge part of Mauritian history and culture. Despite the somewhat cheesy name, L'Aventure du Sucre offers a lot more than just a...
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Trou-aux-Biches, Mauritius
Avid scuba divers have been making pilgrimages to Mauritius for years. And for good reason, too. The calm, clear waters near Trou-aux-Biches make it an idyllic spot to get wet. And more advanced divers can push their limits with the Cathedral, a...
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Bois Cheri, Mauritius
Nearly 200 years ago, Scottish botanist Robert Fortune pulled off a huge feat of corporate espionage: He smuggled precious tea plants out of China for the East India Company. His transplantation of those plants to India—and then on to Mauritius—...
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Port Louis Water Front, Port Louis, Mauritius
You've been told that there's only one place to eat masala dosa—a rice/lentil pancake filled with potatoes, spices and chilies—on the island. Mystic Masala doesn't look like much from the outside. But the smells quickly beckon you in. You eat your...
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9 Corderie St, Port Louis, Mauritius
Port Louis isn't very big. It's the perfect size for a good walk. And if you find you need sustenance on that journey—but don't want to stop exploring—you can't go wrong with picking up a bite from a street vendor. Mauritian street vendors have a...
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Route Royale, Le Maha, Trou Deau Douc, Mahebourg, Grand Port e, B59, Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius
I must confess: I'm a little afraid of langouste. They remind me of alien spiders—and though I know the meat is tender and delicious, it takes a lot of work to remove it from the shell. But Chez Tino offers langouste—and, in fact, all local...
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St Georges St, Port Louis, Mauritius
It's easy to feel overwhelmed once you look at the beer list. Despite Lambic's laid-back, homey atmosphere, there are almost too many beers to choose from. Do you stick with something familiar from home? Or branch out and try something new—perhaps...
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Avenue Dolphins 6, Pointe aux Sables 11102, Mauritius
There's something different about Mauritian rum. It's not made from molasses, like so many of the Caribbean varieties. Instead, it's distilled from pure sugarcane juice. It has a singular taste, specific to the island. And it's a taste you don't...
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53A Sir John Pope Hennessy Street Curepipe/Daruty de Grandpre Avenue, Curepipe 74245, Mauritius
Mauritius has long been known as the place to pick up detailed, custom-made ship models. If you are in the market for your very own model of the Cutty Sark, there's no better place to find it. There are many model ship makers on the island. But...