Mauritius will enchant you, uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few.
The o-so typical miles and miles of Mauritius sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and colourful people decorate this unspoiled gem in the Indian ocean. Hours can be whiled away in the fascinating markets selling everything from “knock off” Prada, Gucci and Polo to dried fish and colourful sarongs.
It is so often said that it is the people that make the place. In the case of Mauritius this is no understatement. Every visitor enjoys personal attention. The interesting blend of cultures with the cross pollination of Indian, European and Chinese has come up with a Creole nation that is dedicated to making you feel that this island paradise is your home as well as theirs.
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The island Mauritius is well known for its natural beauty. Author Mark Twain, for example, noted in “Following the Equator”, his personal travelogue:
“You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”
Mauritius climate is tropical, modified by southeast trade winds. From May to November there is a warm, dry winter and from November to May you get the hot, wet and humid summer. In the winter months (mainly July – September) the evenings can be cool.
The main island, from which the country derives its name, is of volcanic origin and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs.
In the central part of the island, 600m above sea level, the average maximum day temperature varies from about 20-26C. Along the coastal areas, temperatures are generally 3-5C higher. The Western andNorthern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and the South.
For more information about the different geographical areas of Mauritiushave a look at the map and keep on reading below where you will also find more information about The sega, a local folklore music. (Click on the Mauritius country map for a larger version)