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Grand Baie Local History

Grand Baie is situated on the north western coastline of Mauritius. This village consisted of nothing but poor fishermen and their families. It had nothing going for it but beautiful beaches, emerald waters and a deep sheltered bay. During the 60's nobody on the coastal regions could afford bungalows, so they derived their meagre living from the sea. Things took a dramatic turn in the 70's when the price of sugar rose dramatically. Suddenly many more people where able to afford bungalows and because of Grand Baie's location it developed quickly.

This once sleepy village has now become the main tourist centre. The town has everything for the tourist, from trendy boutiques to craft shops. There are a plenty of restaurants, night-clubs and discotheques. Accommodation varies from Hotels to self-catering bungalows. It is now the main centre for yachting, water-skiing, wind surfing and other water sports.

Grand Baie Attractions

Top Attractions

Black River Gorges National Park This is the place to visit, to see some really wonderful, natural scenery. It was proclaimed a National park in 1994 and protects the remaining native forests and unique plants and birdlife. At the visitor information centre of Le Petrin picnic facilities have been set up. There is also a boardwalk, which give visitors access to the dwarf forest of the region. Should you be so inclined there is a 7km return hike to Maccabee forest or 1km hike to the Black River through the Gorges. September to January is the flowering season in the park; this is the best time to visit.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens These gardens were started in 1735 as a vegetable garden by Governor Mahe de la Bourdonnais and are a highlight when visiting Mauritius. There are plenty of different plants to see, especially the golden bamboo, chewing gum tree, fish poison trees and the key attraction the giant Victoria regia water lilies. When the flowers of the lily plant open they are white and red when they close on the following day. Another good reason to visit the gardens is the wonderful fragrance of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, camphor and sandalwood.

Blue Penny Museum In Port Louis at the Caudan Waterfront you will find the Blue Penny Museum which houses two of the rarest stamps in the world. The museum is run by the Commercial Bank and is chiefly dedicated to the art and history of Mauritius.

Palmyra Hotel and Restaurant I have travelled to Mauritius few times now, and my last visit, learned of a new Lebanese restaurant opening by the name of Palmyra. I believe it is the first Lebanese restaurant in this paradise island. Belly Dancing every Friday & Saturday. Generous portions, excellent quality, service and good value for money. Family & Kids Friendly. Budget rooms available on request. Must try!! The Mezze, which is a selection of vegetarian appetizers Homous (chickpea mix), Baba Ghanouj (aubergine) and Tabbouleh dishes with olive oil and pita (lebanese bread). The Mixed Grill, marinated (chicken and lamb kafta) with vegetables comes with rice or salad and dips cooked to perfection. The Samaka Harra (spicy fish fillet). Yummy!
submitted by Andrea Jabra, 28/04/09

Coolen A great locals restaurant - full of local colour - anything with the garlic butter/cream sauce is fab. Prices very reasonable, we had 3 courses with bottle of wine for 1600r. Tried more expensive places - Le Capitaine & food nowhere near as good. We were staying at Oberoi (won it) and it beats their supposed 5* restaurant hands down. Dont miss it !!!!
submitted by Steve Grant, 07/02/07

Grand Baie Shopping

Floreal Square 1 John Kennedy St Try Foreal Square which is only a little way away from Curepipe. It boasts twelve duty free boutiques and factory shops with a complete range of products. There is also a Textile Museum which shows the different steps in garment making. Be captivated by the vibrant colours of the textiles as well as the softness of the materials.

Grand Baie Activities

Mahebourg Take the children to see the old biscuit factory where the biscuits are prepared using traditional methods. Mahebourg is one of the main fishing centres and lies in the bay of Grand Port.

Grand Baie Children, will of course, want to spend most of their time on the beach and there is plenty for them to do. If they are not old enough for snorkelling, windsurfing, etc., why not wander along the beach front looking for shells, swimming in the sea or just building sand castles on the beach.

Grand Baie Parks & Gardens

Domaine Les Pailles This natural park spreads over 3,000 acres and is very close to Port Louis. In an enchanting environment visitors can find out the living ways of old. The park offers a wide selection of facilities.

Casela Bird Park To find one of the rarest birds in the world, the Mauritian Pink pigeon, visit the Casela Bird Park. Not only will you see the pink pigeon but also over 140 different birds from five continents. It is situated in the district of Black River and stretches over 20 acres.

Domaine Du Chasseur On the south-eastern side of the island near Mahebourg is a magnificent park covering 2,000 acres. There are stags, deer, monkeys and wild boars to be found in the lush vegetation. Trees such as ebony, eucalyptus, palms and wild orchids can also be seen. Kestrels one of the rare species of birds can be found in the woods.

Grand Baie Beaches

Grand Baie This is one of the most delightful beaches on the north coast. The beach itself curves into the bay at Grand Baie. It is excellent for sailing, wind surfing, water skiing and swimming.

Pereybere This beach is to be found between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux. It has a lovely cove and is one of the best bathing areas on the island. The water is deep, blue in colour and very clear.

Grand Baie Restaurants and Bars

Grand Baie Restaurants

LaTanjore Restaurant Grand Baie For those who enjoy spicy and hot Indian fare, try this highly recommended Indian restaurant. For extremely high-quality food the prices are very reasonable and the service just as good.

Don Camillo Route Cotiere Grand Baie This very highly recommended Italian restaurant/pizzeria is well worth a visit while in Mauritius. The service is excellent and the food out of this word.

Sunset Cafe For light meals and snacks

Grand Baie children's activities

Mahebourg Take the children to see the old biscuit factory where the biscuits are prepared using traditional methods. Mahebourg is one of the main fishing centres and lies in the bay of Grand Port.

Grand Baie Children, will of course, want to spend most of their time on the beach and there is plenty for them to do. If they are not old enough for snorkelling, windsurfing, etc., why not wander along the beach front looking for shells, swimming in the sea or just building sand castles on the beach.

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