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Exploring the Best Scenic Routes in Mauritius for Road Trips


Mauritius often celebrated for its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, is a paradise for travelers. One of the best ways to explore this gem in the Indian Ocean is by hitting the road and embarking on scenic drives that reveal the island’s diverse beauty.  If you are fond of mind-blowing views, here are our top scenic routes you should take during your stay in Mauritius.

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Best scenic routes you should take during your stay in Mauritius

The Mauritius Tea Route

The Mauritius Tea Route is a famous cultural and gastronomical tour. You will be excited to discover so many colors and flavors within a few hours. It is a three-stage route that starts in Curepipe, where you will be visiting one of the last colonial houses that have been preserved throughout the years. Drive through the beautiful lush greenery of the tea plantation landscape Bois Chéri – a famous spot as this region hosts the famous Mauritian tea factory and museum where you can enjoy a tea-tasting session at a restaurant surrounded by lush landscapes. – the Mauritius Tea Route ends in Saint Aubin where you can discover the plantation house, rum distillery, and beautiful gardens.

The colors of the beautiful landscapes and the mild temperatures which are typical from the center of the island will make it a wonderful adventure and will surely make a lovely memory of your stay in Mauritius. 

Exploring the Best Scenic Routes in Mauritius for Road Trips
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The South-West Route

Take the road from Bel Ombre to Baie du Cap and go through Macondé and Le Morne. Macondé is undoubtedly the most popular viewpoint in Mauritius, ranked among one of the most beautiful locations in Mauritius. The road trip in the South-West provides unparalleled views of deep green forests, lines of palm trees, the turquoise waters of the southwest coast, and Le Morne Brabant mountain. This iconic route offers a blend of natural beauty and picturesque drama to many visitors and residents. 

Stop by Macondé Rock and climb to the top to enjoy the landscape’s stunning views of the S-shaped road and the picturesque hairpin bend just below.  Many travelers also stop by Macondé to buy some delicious local fruits like pineapples, watermelons, lychee, and many seasonal fruits from the nearby local small street vendors.

Exploring the Best Scenic Routes in Mauritius for Road Trips
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The South-East Route

The road that leads to the South-East of Mauritius takes you to a few places where you will be able to discover the history of the country. It starts in Bambous Virieux and ends in Mahébourg, which is approximately 15 kilometers by car. This route provides a wonderful landscape and coastal drive. We recommend you to take a few breaks to discover the Mauritian markets, and museums along the way.


Exploring the Best Scenic Routes in Mauritius for Road Trips
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The West Coast at sunset time

The roads in the West of the island are phenomenal, and you will be able to appreciate the beauty of sugarcane fields. Moreover, this region is well known for three of its beaches: Albion, Flic-en-Flac, Tamarin, and La Preneuse. The first one is famous for its lighthouse. As for Flic-en-Flac, it is a gathering place for all people who love partying or just enjoying life on a white sand beach. Finally, Tamarin and La Preneuse are the ideal places if you are into not-so-touristic and quieter beaches. 

Plus, as the sun sets in the West, the road to this region is quite lovely at the end of the day when the sunlight turns orange on the sugarcane fields and disappears behind the horizon. 

Complete your West Coast journey with a visit to a charming pizzeria, where you can enjoy a delicious meal. 

The Southern Loop

Begin your journey from Le Morne and embark on a captivating loop through Baie du Cap to Chamarel, exploring the southern treasures of Mauritius. This scenic route boasts the iconic Seven Coloured Earths, Chamarel Waterfall, and Ebony Forest Reserve. Don’t miss the Chamarel Viewpoint for breathtaking views of the turquoise ocean and the majestic Le Morne along the way.

Exploring the Best Scenic Routes in Mauritius for Road Trips
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The Northern Route

Explore Mauritius’ northern route for an authentic journey through picturesque landscapes and vibrant local culture. Begin in lively Grand Baie, known for bustling markets and beautiful beaches. Drive past expansive sugarcane fields and roadside fruit stalls offering fresh watermelons, litchis, pineapples, and mangos. Journey through charming fishing villages from Mapou to Grand-Gaube, where you can experience the genuine simplicity of Mauritian life. Pause at Peyrébère Beach for a quiet swim before reaching Cap Malheureux, famed for its red-roofed church and stunning views of northern islets. This route captures the essence of Mauritius, blending colorful experiences with serene coastal beauty.

Exploring the Best Scenic Routes in Mauritius for Road Trips
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The Central Plateau

Start the journey from Port Louis, Mauritius’ bustling capital, to the tranquil heart of the island’s central plateau. This route showcases diverse landscapes and cultural experiences. You can see many historical sites, bustling markets, and a lively waterfront offering a glimpse into Mauritian culture. Explore the city’s vibrant streets and savor local cuisine. Going towards Moka you can visit the famous Eureka House, a preserved colonial mansion surrounded by lush gardens. Discover Mauritius’ colonial past and admire the mansion’s architecture and craftsmanship. Then head to Grand Bassin, a sacred lake surrounded by Hindu temples and statues. Experience tranquility and learn about the island’s spiritual traditions.

Exploring the Best Scenic Routes in Mauritius for Road Trips
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