Where is the best place to live in Mauritius?

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Mauritius, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, offers a multitude of regions where life is good.

Each region has its own unique charm, features and way of life. Whether you’re a beach lover, a digital nomad, a retiree or just looking for a change of scenery, Mauritius has something for everyone.

In this article, we’ll explore different parts of the island, from Goodlands to Moka, via Tamarin and Grand Baie, to help you decide which could be your next dream destination.

Each location is described in detail, with information on area, number of inhabitants, nationalities, types of people, climate and average temperature.

What’s more, we’ll provide you with our opinion of each location, highlighting what we really like and what we don’t so much.

So, are you ready to discover your next home in Mauritius?


Goodlands, a pearl in the north of Mauritius, stands out for its strategic location between mountains and coastline.

The city’s rich cultural diversity reflects the melting pot of nationalities that live here. Visitors can learn more at the Historic Marine, a living testimony to Mauritian history, or immerse themselves in local culture at the local market.

Although dynamic, Goodlands also offers havens of peace, allowing everyone to find their own balance.

Information about Goodlands

  • Area of the city: 16.3 km² (6.2 sq mi)
  • Population: Approx. 20,712 inhabitants
  • Nationalities present: Mostly Mauritian, with cultural diversity including Indian, African, European and Chinese origins.
  • The type of people you’ll find there: Solo travelers, beach lovers, local families, expats.
  • Climate: Tropical, humid, sunny, rainy, mild, hot.
  • Average temperature: Winter: 20°C, Summer: 28°C.

Our opinion on Goodlands

Flic en Flac

Flic en Flac, on the west coast of Mauritius, is a popular destination for its pristine beaches and breathtaking sunsets.

Once a peaceful fishing village, it is now the second most important seaside resort after Grand Baie. It’s renowned for its extensive white-sand beach, crystal-clear waters and lively nightlife.

Despite its tourist appeal, Flic en Flac offers an exceptional quality of life, with a multitude of shops and infrastructures close by.

Information on Flic en flac

  • Town area: Unspecified.
  • Population: Approx. 2,200
  • Nationalities: Mostly Mauritian, with a notable presence of expatriates and tourists of various origins.
  • The type of people you’ll find there: Beach lovers, digital nomads, solo travelers, expats.
  • Climate: Tropical, sunny, humid, variable, warm, maritime.
  • Average temperature: The temperature generally varies between 20°C and 28°C throughout the year.

Our opinion on Flic en flac

Grand Bay

Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical jewel, and Grand Baie is undoubtedly its most brilliant diamond.

This seaside town, nestled in the north of the island, is much more than just a tourist destination; it’s a symbol of luxury and elegance. Grand Baie, with its glittering marinas and high-end boutiques, attracts a wealthy international clientele in search of exclusivity.

The azure waters of the bay contrast with the modern architecture and prestigious villas lining the coastline. But beyond its opulence, Grand Baie is also a cultural crossroads, where Mauritian traditions blend harmoniously with international influence. Whether you’re looking for a yachting getaway, a glamorous evening out or just a stroll along its golden beaches, Grand Baie promises an unrivalled experience, combining sophistication and authenticity.

For the discerning investor or elegant globetrotter, Grand Baie is not just a place to live, it’s a statement of prestige and refinement.

Information on Grand Baie

  • Surface area: 5km2
  • Population: Approx. 13,000
  • Nationalities: Mostly Mauritian, with a notable presence of expatriates and tourists of various origins.
  • The type of people you’ll find there: retirees, nightlife enthusiasts, expatriates.
  • Climate: Tropical, sunny, humid, variable, warm, maritime.
  • Average temperature: The temperature generally varies between 23°C and 29°C throughout the year.

Our review of Grand Baie

Quatre Bornes

This dynamic city is a fascinating blend of modernity and tradition. Geographically located in the Wilhems Plains region, it is surrounded by majestic mountains and lush greenery.

Strolling through its streets, you’ll come across a cosmopolitan population, made up mainly of Mauritians, but also including many expatriates.

Activities? There are so many of them! Lively markets, modern shopping centers, not to mention parks and gardens where you can relax. And what about the restaurants and cafés offering a rich and varied gastronomy? All in all, Quatre Bornes is a great place to live, work and play.

Information on Quatre Bornes

  • Area of the town: 11.3 km² (11.2 sq mi)
  • Population: Approx. 82,000
  • Nationalities present: Mauritian, Indian, Chinese, European
  • The type of people you find there: Locals, expatriates, professionals, families
  • Climate: Tropical, humid, pleasant, sunny, rainy
  • Average temperature: Winter: 22°-25°C, Summer: 26°-29°C

Our opinion on Quatre bornes


Renowned as a surfing paradise, it attracts water sports enthusiasts from all over the world. Unlike busy urban areas, Tamarin offers a peaceful environment, ideal for those seeking tranquility close to nature.

The town is close to natural gems such as the Gorges de la Rivière Noire National Park, Chamarel’s Parc des Sept Couleurs and the famous Pic du Morne. With such a wealth of natural beauty, it’s not surprising that Tamarin is popular with tourists and expatriates alike.

There’s a large expatriate community here, making it easy to socialize. Although the town has a number of stores, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants, the nightlife here is rather quiet, sometimes necessitating a trip to other towns for certain services.

Information on Tamarin

  • City area:
  • Population: Approx. 3800
  • Nationalities present: Mauritian, European
  • The type of people you find there: Digital nomads, solo travelers, couples
  • Climate: Sunny, hot, humid, tropical, pleasant, maritime
  • Average temperature: Winter: 22°-25°C, Summer: 26°-29°C

Our opinion on Tamarin


Moka, a town in the heart of Mauritius, is a veritable crossroads of modernity and tradition. This city, known for its dynamism, is home to a diverse population, offering a perfect blend of different cultures.

Expatriates and students find a welcoming environment, enriched by a multitude of cultural and sporting activities.

What’s more, Moka stands out for its commitment to sustainable development, positioning itself as a leader in ecological urban planning. It has been a smart city since 2017, attracting investors from all over the world.

In short, Moka is the ultimate urban destination for those looking to live an exceptional life in Mauritius, especially if you’re a city dweller at heart and save the beach and nature for weekends.

Information on Moka

  • City area:
  • Population: Approx. 9,500
  • Nationalities present: Diversified
  • The type of people you find there: Expatriates, students, families
  • Climate: Tropical, humid, variable, hot, rainy, pleasant
  • Average temperature: 24°C in winter, 29°C in summer.

Our opinion on Moka

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