The north of the island is best known for its white sandy beaches and calm lagoons. As such it has the biggest number of beach resorts and is the most developed part of the Mauritian coastline.
Grand Bay – Grand Bay is the centre of life in the north. It has everything of a modern beach resort with its shops, galleries, shopping centres, hotels and bungalows along its emerald green waters bay. Grand Bay is also one of the centres of nightlife in Mauritius with a number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. A little to the north of Grand Bay is Péreybère, a small resort with one of the best bathing place of the island. It is one of the most appreciated (popular) resorts and has a big number of bungalows and some small hotels and restaurants. There are also most basic amenities like banks, shops and supermarkets. Further north you have Cap Malheureux. It was there that the English landed in 1810 to conquer the island. It is a calm small fishermen village with a small beach and some very beautiful views of the northern islets as backdrop to a very charming little chapel.
Choisy beach – In the northwest you have the Choisy beach, which is one of the longest in Mauritius. Its beautiful lagoon is shaded by casuarinas trees and on the contrary of the other beaches is has no hotels or bungalows. To its south you have Trou Aux Biches, a small village with a very long and beautiful beach. Most of it is bordered by the Trou Aux Biches Hotel, which has a golf course and a casino. The village also has many bungalows, some restaurants and a bank as well.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden – The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, found in the village of Pamplemousses, is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. It was under French intendant Pierre Poivre that the garden really started off as the botanical garden famous over the world for its variety of rare tropical plants. He wanted to grow spice on the island and imported a variety of plants for experiment. There is a large variety of exotic plants with the most famous being the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies. There is also the Talipot tree which flowers after fifty to sixty years and strangely dies just after. After walking through the alleys bordered by palm trees you will discover a beautiful example of colonial architecture with the Château Mon Plaisir. It was built by Mahé de Laboudonnais as the official Governor residence during the French period.
La Nicolière – La Nicolière is another interesting place to visit in the north. It is a lake found on higher grounds from the north vast planes. It has some forests and also offers some very beautiful views of the northern region with its mosaic of sugarcane fields. Not far from there you have the region of Congomah, which has some beautiful views of the Moka range of mountain towards Port Louis.
Gabriel Island and Flat Island -The northern part of the island has many islets. Two of them, Gabriel and Flat Island offer virgin white beaches encircled with crystal clear blue waters. You can cruise to these Islets on one of the various sailboats in what can be a memorable moment of your holidays.