While most of Mauritius’ beaches have been taken over by throngs of tourists to flock to the beaches all year round, there are still quite a few beaches in Mauritius that are yet unknown to travellers, with some being so remote that not many locals know about them either. If you want to visit a beach that has all the trademark characteristics – power soft sand with crystal clear blue water – of a Mauritian beach, but minus the typical crowds you would generally find on any beach in the island, then the La Cambuse beach is the perfect place for you.
Located in the south-eastern part of Mauritius, close by to Port Louis, the La Cambuse beach is one the least visited beaches in Mauritius, because it is a beach well off the beaten tourist track, and is comparatively a lot lesser known than other beaches on this side of the island. One of the main reasons that the beach gets so few visitors despite being so close to the international airport is the fact that the beach is not marked on any of the tourist maps that are available on the island, and there are no signposted roads directing travellers how to get to the beach either.
The only way you can get to the beach is if you know the way you should take to reach it. There have been plenty of instances of tourists mistaking the ‘private territory’ boards posted around the airport grounds as road signs prohibiting them from travelling ahead any further, thus preventing them from getting to the beach. However, despite its lack of publicity, the La Cambuse beach is a designated public beach, replete with restrooms, benches, beach huts, and allotted parking spots. Don’t let the signboards and the dirt road you need to take to the beach deter you from getting to the beach – it is entirely worth the hassle once you get to it.
The La Cambuse beach is a large beach, and it seems even more significant due to the absence of people, which, if you’re looking for some peace, actually works out in your favour. The entire beach is lined with rows of casuarina trees, and the area around the trees is grassy, making it the perfect spot for a full-day picnic by the beach. The beach is quite close by to a partially open reef, and while the beach is lovely and is perfect for a dip into the cold water, it is not exactly ideal for swimming, especially for children. The beach is very windy, and currents around the area can be powerful, due to which going for a long swim in the waters of the lagoon is not recommended. There is a shallow pool surrounded by rocks at the far-right end of the beach, which has almost few to no currents, and it is entirely okay for children to swim within the confines of that pool.
Despite being relatively less crowded, you can still spot the occasional snack vendor and a few eateries lined along the beach, from where you can savour local Mauritian delicacies and sip on a refreshing beverage while laying on the soft white sand and feeling the breeze in your hair.
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