Tucked between Port Louis and Grand Baie, is a stretch of calm and peaceful coastline that ends with Pointe aux Piments. It was once just a small village of Creole fishermen, but it has now evolved into a sedate but scenic tourist destination. Strolling along the stretch from Balaclava to Pointe aux Piments is the best way to see the old village. You’ll watch the coastline transform from the busy and bustling Port Louis into a calm and tranquil seaside getaway.
You must also visit the beach that shares its name with the village, Pointe aux Piments. However, don’t be surprised if the signs are for ‘Le Meridien Beach’ – that’s what the locals call it. This beach sits in the Pamplemousses District and stretches 4 km all the way up to Trou aux Biches, where the excitement happens. On that beach, you’ll find food vendors, comfy chairs, water sports, evening activities and a fantastic golf course.
Pointe aux Piments, on the other hand, is a much more chilled seaside experience. The golden sands are often empty and quiet. The coral reef isn’t far from the shore either, so you could always try snorkelling to break up the day.
If you want to dine out and experience a bit of town life, Grand Baie is only 20 minutes or so away by taxi.
Plan your trip to Pointe aux Piments today.
Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius
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