Welcome to Mahébourg
There is something relentlessly charming (if a little ramshackle) about bite-size Mahébourg (my-boor), where it's all about simple pleasures: an excellent museum, a buzzing market, spicy street food, good budget lodgings, a pretty backdrop and beautiful beaches to the north and south. We still hear talk of ambitious plans to transform Mahébourg's waterfront into a mammoth complex like Le Caudan in Port Louis, but it will be years before this takes shape. In the meantime, they've repaved the waterfront promenade and added historical plaques, which has improved the experience and is much more in line with Mahébourg's gentler atmosphere.
Founded in 1805, the town was named after French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais. The town was once a busy port, but these days it's something of a backwater, with a small fleet of fishers and a grid of dilapidated buildings.