Leaving the capital and the village of Terre-Rouge by the coastal road, you are greeted by the village of Pointe-aux-Piments with its picturesque setting that takes visitors back to the 1970s and 1980s. Kept away from the destructive developments of the big cities, Pointe-aux-Piments has grown with the hotel projects in the area. The beach at Pointe-aux-Piments is located along this beautiful road that borders the golden sand.
However, the beach is also known as Le Meridien beach. The public beach of Pointe-aux-Piments is located 3-4 km from the village, near the hotels Le Victoria and Le Méridien, through the village of Pointe-aux-Piments to Trou aux Biches. The quality of the beach at Pointe-aux-Piments varies. As a general rule, the closer you are to Le Meridien, the better the quality of the sand and seabed.
The beach at Pointe-aux-Piments is generally quiet, far from the big crowds of Flic-En-Flac, Blue Bay, Pereybère or Mont Choisy. Coming from the capital via the village of Baie du Tombeau and Arsenal the coastal road is very atypical. A narrow and busy road, adorned by large filaos and coconut trees, leads to the heart of this small village. The first public beach is just past Le Meridien and is well worth a visit. It is generally a very quiet beach with no tourist activity. On the other hand, it is a great place to spend a few hours in the sun and enjoy the relaxed local life around the beach.
The parking area right next to the beach offers good opportunities to sample the delicious Mauritian cuisine, with some quality snack stalls serving a variety of local cuisine at very competitive prices. You can find exotic fruit salads and typical Mauritian snacks. Further north, just past the Hotel Le Récif, the beach becomes calmer and the seabed a little rockier. A good place for a picnic, this part of the beach is not ideal for swimming, due to the combination of rocky bottom and shorter distances to the coral reef.
In the vicinity of Pointe-aux-Piments, there are several ideas for excursions. A few kilometres from the village, you can spend hours on the beautiful beach of Trou aux Biches, or go deep into the sugar cane plantations. During your stay, you will also have time to visit the northern part of Mauritius, where nature and culture are perfectly combined. The botanical garden of Pamplemousses, the chapel of Notre Dame Auxiliatrice in Cap Malheureux - famous for its red roof, and the Labourdonnais Orchards where you will have the opportunity to taste different freshly squeezed fruit juices and smooth fruit jellies… These are all places to explore! The discovery of local flavours can be extended in Port-Louis, in the "Grand Bazar", a huge market that is constantly animated. Here you will find the spices that make Mauritian cuisine so special, as well as various handicrafts that you can bring back from your trip. In the evening, go to Grand Bay, about 15 km east of the village. Between dinners in the restaurant, the atmosphere of the bars and the discotheques, the night owls will have something to liven up their evenings.