The vibrant town of Grand Baie has a charming village atmosphere, and cows and sheep can be seen freely roaming as they graze along the beach edge. There are many street vendors offering some fantastic souvenirs and the opportunity to haggle. The white sand beach is stunning and is adjoined by shops, restaurants and coconuts palms. Grand Baie offers excellent opportunities for a lively night out or for a day spent sunbathing. Just off the north Mauritius coast are three small islands which make an excellent day trip and good diving opportunities. These are easily accessed from Grand Baie by boat.
Mauritius has a tropical climate, with moderately high temperatures and humidity all year around. Temperatures never rise to such high levels that they become unbearable. The wettest period is from Jan-Mar (198-221mm per month); during these months cyclones may pass nearby giving occasional heavy rain/wind. May-Nov are much drier. There is between 7 and 9 sunshine hours per day throughout the year. The south and southeast coast are slightly windier than the rest of the Island.