Your expatriation plans are gaining momentum? Considering a move to Mauritius?

From visa arrangements to school enrollment, and from securing a work permit to organizing your relocation, there are numerous steps to consider for your transition to Mauritius.

Yet, one question looms large: where to settle in Mauritius?

When you’re thousands of kilometers away from your prospective home, it can be challenging to envision the ideal neighborhood. Simply browsing through real estate listings isn’t enough; understanding the local environment is crucial. Each individual or family has unique preferences: some prioritize proximity to amenities, others seek beachside living, while some crave the tranquility of remote locales.

Thankfully, Mauritius caters to all these preferences and more, ensuring that your new home on the island offers everything you desire and more!

Regions of Mauritius

Each corner of the island boasts its own unique characteristics and allure, be it the North, West, East, or South. This article aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of the island’s geography, its diverse regions, and offer insights into the towns and villages, considering a wide range of lifestyle factors. In Mauritius, expatriates predominantly flock to three primary regions: the North, Center, and West.

While the East and South may be less accessible, they exude a wild, natural charm that appeals to those seeking tranquility!

Living in Mauritius: the North – Central Region – the West

The North (Grand-Baie and its surroundings) is the most favored region among expatriates in Mauritius, followed by the Southwest (Tamarin and its surroundings).

But why?

The North is highly coveted for its well-developed infrastructure, services, and amenities. It boasts a plethora of shops, schools, bars, restaurants, and modern shopping centers, all complemented by stunning beaches.

In contrast, the South offers a more serene and untamed environment, attracting those seeking a closer connection with nature and tranquility. While it also features shops and schools, they tend to be fewer in number.

Moving towards the island’s center, one finds a bustling mix of locals and expats alike. This dynamic yet peaceful area offers a diverse range of facilities, including schools, shops (complete with state-of-the-art malls), and restaurants.

Additionally, two notable advantages stand out:

1. Many businesses are headquartered here, making daily commuting convenient (especially in Ebene and Phoenix).

2. The climate is milder, with slightly lower temperatures even during the hottest seasons, providing a more comfortable living environment.

The NORTH #Easylife

If your work is situated in the North, this area of the island meets all your daily needs. As mentioned before, it offers everything: schools, shops, bars, restaurants, stunning beaches, water activities, and even some businesses.

North West

Grand-Baie

Dubbed the “capital of the North,” Grand-Baie offers both advantages and drawbacks. If you crave proximity to everything, this is the place to be! Its prime location along a turquoise lagoon and stunning beaches make it a sought-after destination.

❖ Schools = 15-20 minutes away

Pointe-aux-Canonniers

Considered the chic neighborhood of the north, Pointe-aux-Canonniers strikes a balance between serenity and accessibility to Grand-Baie. Behind its gates lie elegant homes, offering tranquility within reach of amenities. However, rents tend to be higher here, averaging €1,500 – €2,000/month for a 3-bedroom house with a garden and pool. Beachfront properties can exceed €2,500/month.

❖ Schools = 20-25 minutes away

Mont-Choisy

Undergoing a transformation with new real estate developments around an 18-hole golf course, Mont-Choisy is a promising locale. Its allure lies in its proximity to Grand Baie and boasting one of the island’s most stunning beaches.

❖ Schools = 20-25 minutes away

Trou-aux-Biches

The quintessential tourist hub, Trou-aux-Biches offers proximity to one of the island’s most picturesque beaches and a vibrant lagoon. Though slightly removed from Grand-Baie, its lively atmosphere and marine life are unbeatable attractions.

❖ Schools = 25-30 minutes away

Péreybère

Just beyond Grand-Baie to the east, Péreybère is a burgeoning village known for its quaint public beach and picturesque coves. While once tranquil, Péreybère is witnessing rapid development, making it essential to stay informed about ongoing construction activities.

❖ Schools = 20-25 minutes away

North

Cap Malheureux

With its postcard-perfect scenery and iconic red-roofed chapel overlooking the lagoon, Cap Malheureux is a true sanctuary. While waterfront properties abound, rents tend to be higher (starting at €1,500 – €2,000/month). However, Cap Malheureux is farther from the major shopping centers and restaurants of the North.

❖ Schools = 25-30 minutes away

Calodyne

A hidden gem, Calodyne offers a countryside ambiance, with most rental properties boasting spacious gardens. It’s approximately a 20-minute drive to reach major shopping hubs. However, the area features a convenient supermarket, French bakery, and a bypass road providing access to the highway in just 15 minutes.

❖ Schools = 15-20 minutes away

Grand-Gaube A typical fishing village, Grand-Gaube has retained its authentic charm. Due to its distance, rents are more affordable (20-25 minutes from Grand-Baie).

❖ Schools = 30-35 minutes away

Forêt Daruty

Located a bit inland, neighborhoods surrounding the Daruty Forest are tranquil, with many new constructions. The major advantage here is being amidst the forest while still being just 10 minutes from the city center.

❖ Schools = 5-10 minutes away

The SOUTH WEST: #WildLife in Mauritius

The Southwest is renowned for its untamed natural beauty. Its stunning lagoon showcases the majestic mountains that flank its shores, while the iconic peak of Le Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adds to the area’s allure.

With a lower population density compared to the North, it offers a tranquil and idyllic living environment. However, rapid development in recent years, particularly around Tamarin and Flic-en-Flac, has brought about increased infrastructure and amenities.

Tamarin is famed for its world-class surfing waves and resident dolphin population, making it a beloved spot for expatriates. Many prefer Tamarin over the North for its laid-back lifestyle and the opportunity to rent hillside homes with breathtaking lagoon views. Additionally, the presence of the school Paul et Virginie, catering to children aged 3 to 10, adds to its appeal.

Flic-en-Flac boasts a lengthy beach spanning two to three kilometers, offering a serene escape from the crowds, especially during weekdays. While it attracts fewer expatriates than Tamarin, the area provides more affordable rental options and a high quality of life. Its proximity to the West Coast International School and accessibility to Port Louis are notable advantages, although traffic congestion during peak hours can be challenging.

CENTRAL MAURITIUS #ModernLife

You’re a city person through and through: countryside and beaches are great for weekends, but being close to work is essential, right? And having easy access to shops is reassuring. That’s why the center of Mauritius is perfect for you!

Moka stands out as the most attractive option. Even in its proximity to the city center, you can easily find tranquility in its elevated areas. Just 10 kilometers from Port Louis and the Cybercity (Ebène), Moka offers a blend of quality living and proximity to urban amenities. Moreover, Moka serves as the intellectual hub of the island, hosting a university, high schools, and research laboratories.

As for Curepipe, there isn’t much allure to living there aside from its proximity to the city center. Nevertheless, you can still find good restaurants and a few charming shops in the area.

The EAST : #AuthenticLife in Mauritius

If you’re a fan of the ocean, nature, and sunshine, then Eastern Mauritius will be your own slice of paradise. This region has remained almost untouched, boasting few shops and no schools. Its charm lies in its stunning, uncrowded beaches, ensuring peace and tranquility.

It’s worth noting that it’s a holiday haven for Mauritians, many of whom own secondary homes called “campements” where they retreat for weekends.

Roches-Noires, with its breathtaking lagoon, is just a 25-30 minute drive from Grand Baie. Conveniently located near Azuri (a residential and resort complex), the village offers amenities like bakeries, pizzerias, and delicatessens. Most homes are beachfront, though rents tend to be on the higher side.

❖ Schools = 15-20 minutes away.

Poste-Lafayette, a quaint seaside village near Roches-Noires, is equally charming! However, amenities are scarce. The beach is equally magnificent, though it’s worth noting that it’s quite windy most of the year, making it a popular spot for kitesurfing!

❖ Schools = 20-25 minutes away.

Belle-Mare, located further east, requires a longer journey! But you’ll find yourself in a stunning area, home to some of the island’s most luxurious hotels.

❖ Schools = 35-40 minutes away.

Are you looking for an authentic life away from urban hustle and bustle? Do you also want to enjoy the beach every day? Are you ready to add a few extra kilometers to your commute?

Then Eastern Mauritius is perfect for you!

Let’s discuss your relocation project!

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