You have decided to rent a car for your next trip to Mauritius and you’re wondering where to start? This is a very good decision (and question) when we consider the fact that Mauritius has a hundred public beaches, a wide variety of activities and interesting places to visit. Travelers Car rental Mauritius offers a point-by-point itinerary to discover the south of Mauritius.
If you have booked your car at the airport and you want enjoy the warm turquoise waters right away, head towards Blue Bay beach, located just minutes from the airport. Otherwise, we recommend the following route:
1. Port Louis – the heart of the island
The capital of Mauritius is the ideal departure for any traveler. It is the liveliest place in the country and the business center. Exchange rates are as low as you can get and it’s really ideal for directing you to other parts of the island. From Port Louis, you can get anywhere on the island by bus or by car, but we recommend staying a few minutes more in the city, it has beautiful things to see:
Stamp collectors will find their joy in the Blue Penny Museum located on the Caudan Waterfront. You can admire the most famous stamp in the world, the “Blue Mauritius” and learn a little more about the history of the island.
A few hundred meters away you will find a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Aapravasi Ghat Museum located on the pier near the post office. The North Bus Station and its shops of all kinds will lead you to “bazaar”, the central market of the city.
There are still fantastic places to visit in the heart of the city of Port Louis, follow our blog, we are planning several articles on this place in our upcoming publications.
2. Curepipe: discover a city of light from the top of an extinct volcano
Located 35 minutes from Port Louis to the south, the city of Curepipe is not really a tourist attraction but it hides its secrets. It is the second largest city in Mauritius and you can observe all its splendor from Trou aux cerfs, the main volcano at the origin of the country. It’s refreshing climate contrasts well with that of Port Louis.
3. Grand Bassin: a sacred lake rich in emotions
Religiously known as Ganga Talao, the sacred lake of Grand Bassin is a quiet, peaceful and captivating place located 12 minutes from the town of Curepipe. This sacred lake is a fine place to see if you love cultural trips. A natural residence to visit the magnificent elevations of Hindu deities, the largest community on the island. Each year in February or March, hundreds of thousands of Hindus make the religious march to this sacred place. It’s a real festival of colors waiting for you, but avoid visiting Grand Bassin by car during this festive period, believe us!
4. Black River Gorges National Park: discover tropical nature
The Black River Gorges National Park is an unspoiled place where nature takes precedence. From Grand Bassin follow the main road and take the B102 south and you will be there in less than ten minutes. It is the largest national park in Mauritius and the largest vestige of flora and fauna of the country. You will find endemic plants, rare birds, breathtaking cliffs and many waterfalls.
5. Bel Ombre: a beach to relax
While hundreds of people enjoy splendid views of Gris Gris, it is also possible to find a luxurious beach in the south of Mauritius. Located half an hour by car from the massive Black River Gorges National Park, Bel Ombre beach invites you to relax and unwind. It is a well-known place for golf and horse riding, but you will also find a lot of restaurants and hotels along the coastal road.