A green grass worthy of a golf green, a small beach with translucent water, filaos swaying in the wind, an emerald coloured lagoon… Welcome to La Prairie beach, one of the most beautiful in Mauritius.
It is difficult not to fall under the spell of the small beach of La Prairie while driving along the magnificent coastal road of the south of Mauritius. The place owes its name to the short grass that grows right up to the water's edge, adding to the beauty of the place. The huge lagoon is a delight for the eyes, and there are many charming little spots to get away from the crowds. Prairie Beach is located near the village of Baie-du-Cap, in the southwestern part of Mauritius. It is one of the many beaches in Mauritius located in the Savanne area.
It is generally not very busy on weekdays, but increases significantly at weekends and on holidays. It does not, however, compete with the island's most popular beaches. Located between the picturesque village of Baie-du-Cap and Le Morne, La Prairie offers a magnificent view of the mythical mountain.
It is the ideal place to let the children play freely in the lagoon without worrying about possible dangers. The beach consists of a wide sandy overhang that protects a small natural cove. At high tide, the water is rarely more than knee deep at the beach's edge. The local villagers fish for small shellfish or fish for an appetizer at lunchtime. On windy days, you can find kitesurfing enthusiasts preparing for a great ride in the ocean. Easily accessible, La Prairie is also a great place to camp, and it's not uncommon to come across campers. Lazy people will prefer to sit comfortably in the shade of the filaos and let the Indian Ocean tickle their toes.
With its picturesque backdrop of Morne Brabant, the area is a popular picnic spot for local families from nearby villages such as St Martin and Bel Ombre, but also from the nearby larger towns of Chemin Grenier and Souillac. With a few exceptions, most of La Prairie's beach is protected by the coral reef of the southwestern Morne. Most of La Prairie enjoys calm, shallow water year-round. The western part of La Prairie is particularly suitable for families with children due to the shallow, calm waters of the bay and the areas protected by the barrier reef.
Near Maconde, on the east side of La Prairie, the coral reef is broken and the current is very strong. The seabed drops to a depth of 2,000 metres within a kilometre of the shore. These conditions combined with the wind around the bay make the area very popular with adventurous kitesurfers - but because of the break and depth of the reef, the area is also popular with sharks… Always consult local surfers if you intend to windsurf or kitesurf in this area.
In terms of general beach facilities, La Prairie is somewhat limited. Due to its isolated location, there is no real infrastructure here and the facilities are largely mobile vans. There are public toilets near Macondé, just east of La Prairie. Due to its lack of facilities, La Prairie is a beach where you have to be a little prepared before you go, but that's what makes it so charming! It is well worth a visit as it is one of the last great undeveloped beaches in the south, still in its 'wild' state.
It is no coincidence that Mauritius tops the list of the world's most beautiful beaches! With its stretches of white sand fringed with coconut palms stretching along crystal clear lagoons, the island is home to some absolutely magnificent beaches with a very distinct charm. It also offers the possibility of getting married in the heart of unique and atypical coastal landscapes.
So, if you are the kind of person who would gladly forego high heels and go barefoot for your wedding on a beach in Mauritius, don't hesitate to plan your exchange of vows ceremony under a beautiful archway on the beach. Then come your photo session: idyllic setting on a sunny day or at sunset, the lagoon as a backdrop, the horizon as the only barrier to your love. For the more adventurous, why not go for a "trash the dress" session in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean? And to end this magical day without having to leave the beach that will have seen your love become a reality, have a romantic dinner served on the still warm sand of the same beach.
Here we are, we have taken a look at one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius, to make your dreams come true. Little known by tourists, La Prairie beach is nevertheless a little gem of authenticity and naturalness. Located at the southernmost point of the island, between Bel Ombre and Souillac, La Prairie is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches of southern Mauritius. Swimming is not recommended due to the strong sea currents. Nevertheless, the setting is ideal for sunbathing or a good picnic.