Travel guide for the island of Mauritius
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Mauritius, the home of the extinct dodo bird, of the famous expensive blue penny stamp, is above all the reef-ringed island of blue seas and deep lagoons. A hundred miles of white or golden beaches, a third of which are hard to beat, for sheer quality, anywhere in the world, stretch all along the pear-shaped contours of this Indian Ocean tropical paradise, whose entire coast line basks under the shade of casuarina trees and palm groves.
Upon your arrival at Plaisance airport or in Port-Louis, call at the Mauritius Government Tourist Office desk. An English-French speaking hostess will provide you with documentation and useful advice. She will give you a road map, the address of a hotel, pinpoint sites worth visiting, and indicate where to hire self-or chauffeur-driven cars.
In Port-Louis, The Government Tourist Office is in La Chaussee. In Mauritius, French, English, Oriental languages and Creole, a French patois, are widely spoken. Drive on the left-hand side of the road and give priority to the right at round abouts. There are excellent shops in b(mainly for Chinese wares), Port-Louis and Rose-Hill.
The Mauritius currency is the Rupee. The climate is mild, but be sure to bring a woolly and a raincoat in Winter. Buses connect different parts of the island. Taxis are comfortable and the majority of taxi-drivers speak French and English. Tariffs are conspicuously displayed in the cars. Night-life offers a casino, a Chinese gaming-house, nightclubs, European and Chinese restaurants, theatres.