Afternoon at the Beach

One of the great things about living in a place like Mauritius is obviously the outdoors. Mauritius is fab in that sense as there are a lot of different things to do: the beach is obvious, but also the water sports, hiking, visiting the small islands around, museums and other cultural places. Just driving around can be amazing. There are a couple of months though where it is very hot to do hiking during the day for example but those months are when the beach is calling. Well the beach is always calling isn’t it?

We are lucky here on the east coast, there are a lot of public beaches around. By public, I mean beaches where there are not hotels or private houses. It is a big discussion here on the island because by law “all beaches are public”, then there are certain rules with watermarks and old building/new buildings etc. it’s quite complicated. Technically anybody can go in front of a hotel or a private house and enjoy the beach – few do it though. 10 years ago that was not possible and if you went the security would ask you to move. Now I don’t know. If I go to hotel I use their beach, if I don’t, well then I go to a public beach – it’s what I would do anywhere else in the world, so I apply it here as well. Just a matter of respect, I suppose. Anyways, so here on our side of the island there are a lots of beaches to go to. I tend to choose smaller ones, as they are less busy.

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with some parents from school at a beach here in Belle Mare. I had never been and thought it was great. The sand is fine and the water clear. The entrance is a small dirty road, on the main coastal road between Belle Mare and Palmar, right next to Residence Thalassa. There is a car park and access is very easy.

With the amount of time the kids have spend on the beach and am still amazed by how much they enjoy going. They might moan a bit on the way but as soon as we are there they are just so happy.

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Kiddos with a friend from school
One of the things I really like about the beaches in Mauritius is that the reef is quite far out so it makes the water very kids friendly. The waters are generally quiet with no big currents, unless there is no reef obviously – like in the south of the island.
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Kiddo 2 – out fishing

Fishing wasn’t too good on that day, Kiddo 2 did not bring home dinner – but he was out there for ages with his little net. It’s funny how concentrated children can decide to be when it is something they want to do!

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