Mauritius is a friendly island some 42 miles long by 29 miles wide. Today it is a colorful ethnic melting pot where the cultures and cuisines of Europe, Africa and Asia have achieved a vibrant synthesis. Uninhabited until the arrival of the Dutch (who notoriously consumed the entire dodo population), it was subsequently settled by the French. A period of British rule from 1810 to 1968 ensured that English would be universally understood and spoken today. The interior is carpeted by sugar plantations scattered between ridges of vertiginous green mountains. The island is ringed by alluring white-sand beaches.
Mauritian rupee (MUR). Fluctuating rate valued at MUR34.80 = US$1.00 as of April 2019. Note: All of our suggested hotels quote rates in euros (€); €1.00 = US$1.13 as of April 2019.
To phone hotels in Mauritius, dial 011 (international access) + 230 (Mauritius code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
Port Louis, Tel. (230) 202-4400.
Located 20 degrees below the equator, Mauritius enjoys a delightful year-round climate. The most pleasant period of the year is the cool, dry season from June to November. After Christmas, humidity tends to increase, and in February, there is always the slim chance of a typhoon.