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Renting a car on Mauritius is a convenient way to make the most of all this tropical paradise has to offer. It not only allows you to reach more of the island beaches and tourist attractions, but allows you the flexibility to change your itinerary to suit your mood, the weather, and maybe even your need for an impulse duty-free shopping trip. Cars can be hired from the international airport on arrival, helping to make transfers stress free.

It's your choice: Where to go on Mauritius

A holiday to Mauritius can be whatever you choose to make it - there is plenty to entertain sun seekers, hikers, nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, and family groups alike. Top suggestions include the Casela Bird Park which is home to vast numbers of bird species. Take on the zip line challenge, get up close to lions and tigers, or book a 'zoo keeper for the day' experience. If you're more interested in the industry in Mauritius, then find out more about all things sugar cane, and the important part plantations has played in shaping the islands' identity at the Sugarworld Museum, which has a host of sugar-related products and treats in its shop. You could then take some time for pampering at one of the first-class spas dotted across the island, including some with luxurious outdoor treatment areas.

What to do on Mauritius

Over 300km of coastline offers some spectacular options for beach trips while you're on holiday, including the family friendly Flic en Flac beach. Head to the east coast beach for windsurfing and kite surfing, or take an excursion to lle aux Cerfs from Grand Baie for underwater walks and parasailing. Away from the beaches, explore the stunning landscape of the Black River Gorges National Park Mauritius, with it's 50km of hiking trails, or take a catamaran excursion to view dolphins in Tamarin Bay. The nature theme continues on private island, Ile des Deux Cocos - during a day trip here you can take a glass-bottom boat to the Blue Bay Marine Park, which is highly regarded for it's snorkelling. Take a drive along the south west coast for some of the best photo op's, including Trou aux Cerfs crater and the Black River Gorges.

Important info about Mauritius

Mauritius is known for it's tropical climate, so while it's sunny year round, do be aware of the hot, humid, rainy weather that you may get from November to April, and possible cyclones between January and March. The landscape here is part mountainous and volcanic, part tropical forest, and part flat plains home to sugarcane plantations. Coral reefs and aquamarine lagoons surround the island, which are popular with snorkellers and divers. Flights arrive on the island at Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ragoolam International Airport, which is located 40km to the south east of the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, and just over 6km from Mahebourg. It's easy to rent a car on Mauritius, you can do it on arrival at the airport. You can find out the latest Mauritius car hire rates from the well-known international operators from counters in the arrivals hall.

Weather in Port Louis, Maritius
Facts
Country Mascarene Islands, Indian Ocean
Language English, French, Creole
Currency Mauritian Rupee
Time-Zones MUT/UTC +4
Country Code +230

Good to know

Mauritius is a year-round destination, with temperatures of 35°C in the summer months between November and April. It's popular with winter sun visitors and honeymooners, who enjoy the mix of cultures and tropical scenery. To rent a car on Mauritius you will have to be 21 years or over, and could have a young driver surcharge. Mauritius driving rules state you must carry your driving license with you at all times, and should not have more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in your system. Free parking is available in some areas, or you will need to purchase a zone 1 or 2 parking ticket, particularly in areas like Beau-Bassin Rose-Hill and Port Louis. Priority is given to motorists coming from the right, though you will drive on the left hand side of the road.

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Our tour suggestion for Mauritius

Mauritius has two main motorways, the M1 and M2, and minor A and B roads, along with coastal routes. Although Mauritius is a relatively small island, it can be congested in places and take some time to drive between attractions, so the best tour suggestion when you Rent a car on Mauritius is to focus on specific areas each time you travel. The South East is great for nature lovers with tours taking in Ferney Nature Reserve, and the tropical La Vanille Nature Reserve Park, while east coast itineraries will bring you to some of the island's beautiful beaches, along with the opportunity to go snorkelling, or take a ferry to other nearby islands. Drive to the North of the island and you can take in Grand Baie, the world-renowned Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, and the bustling markets of the captial city, Port Louis.

What to bring your friends from Mauritius

Shopping taxes don't apply to most shopping items on the island, so why not rent a car on Mauritius and explore the shopping areas. Tourist shopping centres selling designer clothing, jewellery, and perfume can be found at Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, and Grand Baie. There're also clothing outlet stores in Curepipe, and Beau-Bassin Rose-Hill. Mauritius is also famous for producing model ships, which can be shipped home as souvenirs. Mauritius has a small selection of more traditional souvenirs including baskets and colourful fabrics, which you can find at local markets. Some of the best-known markets include Port Louis Main Market, popular for souvenir merchandise and local crafts, and the Flacq Market, in the district of the same name. Both places have a variety of stalls selling local produce, spices, clothing and more.