LIFE IN GRAND BAIE
Located only 200 kilometres from Reunion Island, Mauritius is a jewel in the Indian Ocean with enchanting white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. Grand Baie, the main
seaside area in the north of the island, boasts a stunning bay, splendid beaches and the most beautiful sea journey in Mauritius
Along the coastal road there is a large choice of restaurants with varying influences, bars and fashion outlets, making Grand Baie an exceptionally lively and vibrant village.
Only 20 kilometres from the capital, Port Louis, Grand Baie has developed considerably in recent years and can offer all the necessary infrastructure and services.
Grand Baie is where many Mauritians and expatriates call home. Offering a warm and sunny climate all year round, easily accessible and close to the island's most beautiful
beaches, the village offers its citizens an exceptional quality of life. With a large choice of activities including shopping, restaurants, bars and water sports, Grand Baie
is a unique destination in Mauritius.
Practical information on everyday life in Grand Baie:
Roads & Public Transport: Easily accessible, Grand Baie is served by a motorway directly linked to the airport and the capital, Port Louis. A pleasant coast road
winds its way through villages and is a pleasant way of exploring the north coast.
Education: Private schools offering the English or French curriculum are located 15 minutes from Grand Baie. The syllabus in the English schools is recognised by the
Restaurant: Like the Mauritian people, the local food is the result of a cultural melting pot. Highly diverse, the famous creole cuisine uses a range of spices,
making it rich in colour and flavour.
Shopping: Grand Baie is the island’s main shopping destination. Shopping centres (Sunset Boulevard) and malls (Richemond Hill, La Croisette), offer a varied choice of
local and imported products.
Nightlife: Grand Baie has a lively nightlife. The main streets are packed with nightclubs, bars, pubs and lounges, offering visitors a wide choice.
Beaches and the north Islands: Grand Baie and its surroundings are well known for their beautiful beaches. The crystal-clear water and sandy seabed lend the cove a
turquoise hue, giving the north beaches a special and unique charm. Many small islands such as Coin de Mire, Ile Plate, Ilot Gabriel and Ile Ronde can be reached by boat.
Sport: Grand Baie is a sporting city. Many gyms have opened recently and a range of water sports are on offer, thanks to the calm lagoon and the favourable climate.
Mauritius is also a well-known destination for deep-sea diving. The coast road is home to numerous diving centres.
Healthcare: Grand Baie and its surrounding areas benefit from various medical centres and private clinics. Many other professionals and medical experts including
general practitioners, paediatricians, podiatrists, therapists and dermatologists practise in the region.
Some usefull information :
- The population is 1.2 million
- The island measures 65 km from north to south, and 45 km from east to west
- Mauritius is just two hours ahead of France (three in winter)
- The official language is English but French is the most spoken language
- The currency is the Mauritius Rupee
- Europeans can stay in Mauritius for a period of six months per year without a visa