Grand Baie is a charming cosmopolitan town on the north western tip of Mauritius. It is regarded as one of the main tourist destinations in the region for a number of reasons. Grand Baie visitors have convenient access to the emerald bay where they can enjoy a broad range of water sports and activities.
If you love to soak up the warm rays of the sun without travelling for hours this is the place for you. But more noteworthy, is the excellent shopping offered in this town. The Grand Baie Bazaar is a popular shopping extravaganza located in central Grand Baie that attracts tourists who are interested in purchasing souvenirs and textile products. Do not assume that is all that is offered at the bazaar. Quality gold, silver and stone jewelry are also available in certain shops. However, it is highly recommended that you bring your bargaining skills along for the ride.
If you are staying in Grand Baie for longer than just a few days, then the Super U Hypermarket provides an extensive array of food products to choose from. The hypermarket is also a convenient place to grab some fresh fruit and drinks before you head out for a day trip to other towns or outlying islands.
The diversity of Grand Baie extends far beyond shopping and lying in the sun. The nightlife scene has also been developing rapidly over the last couple of years. At one point in time, the town had only a couple of clubs, but the night scene has evolved to over ten clubs, not to mention pubs and trendy cafés. Because of either free or reasonably-priced cover charges, Grand Baie is a prime location for bar hopping. If you are visiting for a weekend try to have an afternoon nap because the nightlife is booming and the venues tend to stay open well past midnight.
If you are looking for a night on the town, make your way to Royal Road as this is the main nightlife district with many locations to choose from. When preparing your cash-flow for a night out, try to keep in mind that beer usually costs anywhere from 90-120 Rs. and cocktails range from 200-350 Rs. Similar to other tourist locations, Grand Baie is livelier on weekends so try to plan your trip to suit your preferences.
Grand Baie’s strategic location helps ensure that it remains a popular tourist destination. It is a convenient departure point for tourists who want to access the northern islands off of the coast of Mauritius. If you are not overly keen on traveling by boat ride, there are plenty of coastal towns in the surrounding area that have beautiful beaches that make for great day trips. Tourists often prefer to stay in Grand Baie because the accommodation choices range from budget friendly to top notch luxury resorts, which can easily impress even the most experienced vacationers. Grand Baie is sure to retain its appeal because it is a truly convenient and diversified holiday destination. Go ahead and spend a weekend and see for yourself!