Pictures from Grand Baie in the North of Mauritius: Yacht Club, Sunset Boulevard shopping center and Grand Baie Tamil temple.
Grand Baie Yacht Club in the north coast of Mauritius.
Once a small fishing port in a sheltered bay, Grand Baie has been transformed into a major tourist center in Mauritius for decades. In the meantime, tourist development extended to the nearby villages so that the northeast coast of Mauritius, from Pointe aux Piments to Pereybère, is a succession of resorts, villas, public beaches and coves. But Grand Bay remains the most active resort with a wide range of tourist accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops, and banks. In Grand Baie, you may practice most water sports or embark on various boat trips, including aboard a small submarine.
The only 6 star hotel in Mauritius, the Royal Palm Hotel, is located in Grand Baie. It is part of the Beachcomber hotel group. This group manages several other hotels in Mauritius, including Le Mauricia, also in Grand Baie, and, a few kilometers away, Le Canonnier at Pointe aux Canonniers, Trou aux Biches Resort at Trou aux Biches and Victoria Hotel at Pointe aux Piments.
Hotels in Grand Baie include also Veranda Grand Baie Hotel, Boutique Hotel 20°Sud, and several other smaller hotels.
Sunset Boulevard shopping center at Grand Baie in the North of Mauritius.
In Grand Baie, you find all kinds of shops, from the small shop to the large supermarket. Sunset Boulevard is a modern shopping center composed of various shop units, mainly clothing stores. It is located along the Royal Road (the coastal road). It is mainly visited by tourists. The quality of products is generally good and the prices often rather high.
The Grand Baie Bazaar, situated a bit further in the town, is another shopping center with many shops.
The Super U is a large supermarket similar to those in western countries.
There are many other shops throughout the city. Prices for tourists are usually higher than those for residents.
Grand Baie Tamil temple in the North of Mauritius - Surya Oudaya Sangam Tamil Temple.
The Surya Oudaya Sangam temple is located in Grand Baie. Like most Tamil temples, it is a richly decorated temple with many colorful representations of Shiva, Durga, Murugan (Skanda), and Ganesh. It is certainly the most remarkable Tamil temple in the region. As it is situated along the coastal road, it does not go unnoticed.
Another famous Tamil temple in Mauritius is perched on the slopes of the Corps de Garde mountain in Quatre Bornes. It was built there more than 150 years ago.
Mauritius has about 1.3 million inhabitants. The majority (62%) of them are of Indian origin: they are the descendants of Indian workers (coolies) employed by the settlers after the abolition of slavery in 1835. A small minority of them are Tamil. Tamils mainly honor Murugan while Hindus venerated mainly Shiva. Creole people form almost 30% of the Mauritian population.
Hinduism is the religion of just over half (52%) of the inhabitants of Mauritius. Christians represent about 27% of the population and Muslims 17%.