Ah! Grand Baie.
Famous Grand Baie Beach!
Many French visitors have drawn similitudes between this beach in
Mauritius and St. Tropez - a small village adjoining a fishing port, but
an in style tourist destination located on the French Riviera in
Some locals will even add with a pinch of folklore that the Côte d’Azur of our island is situated here.
I cannot confirm or disprove these impressions.
I have never been to the French Riviera!
What I can tell you beyond doubt, though, is that Grand Bay (as written in English) is one of the biggest pulls for tourists in Mauritius and the marvelled faces of our visiting guests say it all.
This once a nonchalant fishing village has been metamorphosed to measure up with the influx of visitors.
Family homes have been extended to include apartments for rental, restaurants, or beauty care and massage parlours.
Side by side commercial precincts have emerged to provide a wonderful shopping experience. Here you can find trendy clothes, liquors, jewellery and much more at duty-free prices.
Food is divers.
Restaurants, opened for lunch and dinner, offer European and Mediterranean dishes.
If you prefer oriental food, Indian, Thai, Middle East and Chinese cuisines as well as Japanese specialties will make your mouth water.
Mauritian cooking alongside seafood is ever present.
On the beach you have a choice of eating tasty snacks and savouries, delicious pancakes filled with chocolate butter and coconut powder or succulent fresh sun ripe tropical fruits.
Night life is more centred around pubs and restaurants.
On weekends, activities are more feverish as many Mauritians gather in lounge bars and discotheques to electrify their nights by catching the uptempo vibes of reggae, seggae (a fusion genre of séga and reggae), séga, R&B, techno, . .
Undersea walk, water ski and speed boating are sports organised in the large bay.
Catamarans sail daily for excursions to offshore Gabriel Islet (Ilôt Gabriel) located to the north of Cap Malheureux beach.
Sexy Grand Baie vibrates an alluring temperament, and whatever mood you are in, this wonderful place is the constant that will cheer you up!
Trivia: The Dutch named this bay De Bogt Zonder Einde
- the non-ending bay - when they colonised Mauritius.
Neighbouring Pereybère is more reserved in its demeanour, probably because it borders a prime residential area, and the small beach does not provide prospects for the construction of big hotel complexes.
Sure you can still have your coffee, croissant, pastries and fruit juice for breakfast in cafés as in Grand Baie.
Nightly festive ambiance in restaurants and bars is characterised by karaoke, live music and after hour séga dance.
The beach is a jovial cove; albeit crowded with families weekending by the seaside.
The shallow limpid water of the calm sea attracts excited children and grown-ups alike.
Pereybère is a perfect match for those looking for a cosy romantic or family chill out.
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