This blog post was updated on April 30, 2020.
You couldn’t be blamed for hitting the beautiful beach and never leaving during the entirety of your stay in the tropical island paradise that is Mauritius. However, myriad rewards await those visitors willing to shake the sand out of their shoes and explore this vibrant and diverse Indian Ocean nation.
Blue Penny Museum
Caudan Waterfront, Block A, Port Louis
Located at the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, the Blue Penny Museum is “an art and history museum that is wholly devoted to Mauritius” that opened in 2001 and is home to the “very first postage stamps to be issued in Mauritius, the world-renowned Post Office stamps” which are the very first colonial stamps issued and among the rarest and most valuable stamps in the world.
Corderie St, Port Louis
The shopping hub for the island since the Victorian era, the open air Central Market is a fun place for people watching, getting a sense (and a taste!) of the copious bounty of food produced in Mauritius, and even buying a few cool souvenirs.
Champ de Mars
Tranquebar, Port Louis
This thoroughbred horse race track in Port Louis dates back to 1812. It was opened by the Mauritius Turf Club, the oldest horseracing club in the Southern Hemisphere and the second oldest in the world. Still very much in operation, the Champ de Mars welcomes thousands of racing fans from across the globe every year from March to December.
Visit the village of Chamarel and its surrounding area in the southeast of Mauritius to experience some of the most beautiful scenery on the island including the famous Seven Coloured Earths, the Chamarel Falls, and the Black River Gorges National Park. While you’re there, be sure to have some of the locally grown coffee.
Natural History Museum
La Chaussée, Port Louis
The star of the show at this humble museum founded in 1880 is its Dodo exhibition featuring a skeleton of the flightless bird that was native to the island but has been extinct since the 17th century due to overhunting by sailors.