Trou Aux Biches & Mont Choisy
Relaxed Trou aux Biches and neighbouring Mont Choisy (also spelt Mon Choisy) are fast-developing tourist destinations full of people seeking better (and quieter) beaches than those of Grand Baie. Trou aux Biches (Does' Watering Hole) enjoys gorgeous stretches of casuarina-lined sand that continue almost unbroken all the way to sleepy Mont Choisy.
One of the island's main attractions, the botanical gardens at Pamplemousses (roughly halfway between Grand Baie and Port Louis) are soothing, tranquil and brimful of endemic and foreign plant species. Also of interest is the decommissioned Beau Plan sugar factory nearby, which has been converted into a fascinating museum.
Balaclava to Pointe aux Piments
Between sprawling Port Louis and busy Grand Baie, this stretch of coast from Balaclava (around 10km north of Port Louis) to Pointe aux Piments is quiet and pretty, with some good beaches, excellent hotels and a more tranquil air than those towns to the north and south.