Holidays to Belle Mare mix picture-perfect sands with a dive-friendly waterfront and day trips to Lion Mountain.
Belle Mare is a pint-sized village with a mammoth beach. Its stretch of serene sands spool right down to Trou d’Eau Douce in the south. This is unspoiled country – the snow-white beach is backed only by coconut palms, luxury retreats, and a clutch of championship golf courses.
The grand title of ‘best beach in Mauritius’ is often awarded to the one at Belle Mare. Sunloungers cluster around the hotels, so most of the sugary sands go au naturel. And the shore smoothly eases into Palmar in the south, another gem of a beach. Just off Belle Mare is the east coast’s top dive site, La Passe. Giant tuna fish and spread-eagled rays roam its deep waters.
Belle Mare is a great base for exploring Mauritius’ mixed cultural heritage. The small town of Centre de Flacq is no more than 20 minutes away by taxi, and has a definite Indian flavour, with its sarong-draped shops and markets. Adventurers can trek to the peak of Lion Mountain – its sky-scraping viewpoint is a head-turner.
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