Since being coined as the ‘blueprint for heaven’ by writer Mark Twain in the late 19th century, Mauritius has been having a moment. With its sweeping white-sand beaches, bluer-than-blue seas and gently swaying palm trees, Mauritius really is like a postcard snapshot, and no more so than during the winter. Wave goodbye to frosty mornings filled with an oh-so-cold breeze. Instead, make sure to pack your swimmers as Mauritius winter sun holidays are the ultimate opportunity to explore this reef-fringed island during sunny season. The sun generally shines all year round, but the southern summer (December
to March) is when temperatures nudge 30°C (beware of the pesky storms and small cyclones that also like to make themselves known at this time of year though). Let your sun-crisped skin cool with days spent dipping in and out of the sea, whether that be with a snorkel and mask, on a kayak or even on a pedalo pootling along the coast. Whether you fancy hiking through tropical forests, boating around offshore islands or just simply flopping yourself down on a dun-drenched beach, you will most likely find Mauritius during the winter just a little bit moreish.
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Mauritius is the classic island getaway, and while its beaches generally need no introduction, we wanted to ensure that reclining on the soft sun-kissed sand is in your Mauritius winter sun agenda. Belle Mare’s fine sands regularly top charts for the best Mauritian beach, with its tropical gardens, turquoise lagoon and thatch-roofed villas, giving it old-island charm. The beach at the foot of Morne Brabant is as beautiful as it is infinite, with the sea of palm trees shaded by the looming rockface of the mountain. Although the beaches are beautiful, the sea may be even more stunning and is brimming with things to do and see. Hop aboard a boat tour of Blue Bay Marine Park, one of the most striking scuba diving spots around the island, and don your snorkel and mask before plunging into the silent underwater coral kingdom. Take in L’ile aux Aigrettes, a nature reserve home to many endemic species, followed by a trip to the Grande Riviere Sud Est with its seemingly endless white-water cascades. Evenings spent in the warm dusk, with a fresh drink in hand as the sunset turns everything a soft shade of mauve, are the best way to round up a Mauritius winter sun holiday.