Above: Welcome To Paradise | Mauritius Island.
Mauritius, formerly the Isle of France and Île Maurice in French, is the main island of the nation of Mauritius. It is located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean, in the heart of the Mascarene Islands, between Réunion to the west and Rodrigues to the east. The population is approximately 1.2 million inhabitants and is divided into several communities. The majority of Mauritians are crossbred with Indian (65.8%), Creole, or mestizo origins.
The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis, located in the northwest of the island. Mauritian Creole is spoken on the island, as well as French and English.
Mauritius is some 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off the southeast coast of Africa. Mauritius is 65 kilometers (40 miles) long and 45 kilometers (30 miles) wide. The island is surrounded by more than 150 kilometers (100 miles) of beautiful white sandy beaches, and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world’s third largest coral reef, which surrounds the island. Just off the Mauritian coast lie some 49 uninhabited islands and islets, several used as natural reserves for endangered species. Continue reading “Welcome To Paradise | Mauritius Island”