Ideal time : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : Open 24 hours
Adding to the long list of beaches in Mauritius, the Poste Lafayette Beach is another beautiful exemplification of why this paradise island is famous worldwide as a perfect holiday destination. Also known by the name – Jalsa Beach, the Poste Lafayette Beach is situated towards the outskirts of a small northeastern Mauritian village of Poste Lafayette. About 500 metres from the popular Constance Prince Maurice resort, the Poste Lafayette Beach boasts a unique peaceful environment.
If you walk another half a kilometre towards the north, you will find the Jalsa Beach Hotel and Spa that enjoys a terrific location on the Poste Lafayette Beach. Continuing further north will take you to Poste Lafayette Pointe aux Roches. The southern part of the beach mostly has shallow waters in little amounts. You can also find small islands with mangrove trees. The area is quiet and has an alluring away-from-the-world feel to it. Even though the sandy parts are limited, the sandy seafloor and shallow waters make up for it aptly.
Are you looking for a perfect picnic spot? Go around the rocks and mangrove in the southern part of the beach, and you will find some small beaches hidden behind the forests. Few snack vendors put up their stalls during the weekends selling burgers. Majority of them are towards the northern side of the beach.
For someone who keeps interest in beach trekking, the south of Poste Lafayette would serve as a good starting spot. It will take a complete day of trekking to cover the beaches up to the north. The scenic variation changes from the powdery sand of the pristine white beaches to long black rock landscapes.
The cut-off point for the coral reef is right off the coast near the Poste Lafayette Pointe aux Roches where waves crash over the black rocks. The underwater currents are tremendously strong in this region, and it is highly recommended not to go for swimming in these waters.
The beach is very windy making it perfect for activities like kite surfing. Children and inexperienced swimmers are not suitable for swimming in the big waves of the ocean. Most of the rustic and unspoilt landscape of the Poste Lafayette remains untouched by the majority of the tourists.
The wild and tropical side of the beach makes it very much desirable for the nature lovers out there. The coral reefs are rich in marine and are the most authentic part of this beach.
Other water activities include pedalo, windsurfing and kayaking. The best time to visit the Poste Lafayette beach is in the morning from 8.00 AM to 11.00 AM or towards the afternoon at around 1.00 PM to 4.00 PM. If you want a more secluded experience, visit during weekdays when the crowd is next to zero.
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