Best time to Visit Mauritius

by Travelbag on 02 October 2017, 16:10PM

The best time to visit Mauritius is from October to December - at least from the British perspective! Every Brit wants to escape the dreary weather at home, and the warm, sunny Mauritian days offers you the ideal opportunity. In fact, there's hardly a month that isn't the perfect time to visit this gorgeous island. If you prefer to holiday when the temperatures are a little less intense, the long winter months are still pretty much ideal for a delightful getaway. The rich local culture, born from a mix of influences, offers everything from golf and fantastic food to the delightful sandy beaches.

 

The tropical climate of Mauritius means that virtually every month is welcoming. Even winter, which lasts from May to October, sees very pleasant temperatures. The sea temperature is delightful at any time of year, offering an escape from the heat of the Mauritian summer, and even in winter is a very comfortable 22C. The only drawback with visiting in summer (November to May) is that it's very humid, which can be a little uncomfortable if you're not used to it. The answer: head to the central plateau, which is cooler than the coast.

Summer in Mauritius is October to December

Head to Mauritius in early summer, and enjoy a season of religious festivals. Hinduism is the majority religion here, so Diwali (October) is a highlight on the calendar. There's another compelling reason to travel towards the end of December - what could be nicer than celebrating Christmas on the beach? Mauritius has a sizeable Christian population, so you can find Christmas markets throughout December as well as marking the day itself. You won't find much snow, but you can always build a snowman out of sand instead! There's also a festival to celebrate the island's Creole heritage.

January to March is cyclone season

January to March sees the cyclone season, so you might want to book your trip outside these months. But If this is the only time of year you can get away, don't worry - cyclones don't usually hit the island itself. The worst that's likely to happen is showers, and because of the tropical climate you won't end up shivering like a rainy day in the UK. It is summer after all! In fact, this is a great time to catch one of the island's biggest festivals - the Chinese Spring Festival. Take the opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine with its Chinese influences. You can also join in the celebrations for the island's National Day on 12 March.

April/May are totally agreeable

Winter may be approaching, but given the very agreeable temperature you'll still be able to enjoy swimming and other watersports. If you're a strong swimmer you could even join in the Open Water Swim in April. For more sedate activities, schedule your trip for the weekend in April when monuments and heritage sites are open to the public free of charge. It's your chance to visit sites including museums, homes, and even prisons, and learn about the island's rich history and colonial past.

June/July is the middle of winter

Sports fans will enjoy the activities and events on offer in June and July. There's a trail run where participants are encouraged to wear fancy dress, rugby matches, a surf ski event (a kind of kayak), and even a kite festival. Marathon runners could enter the Mauritius Marathon in July - what better location could there be than the stunning Mauritius scenery? The east coast of the island can experience very strong winds in July and August, so do be careful if you're on that side! However, the fact that you are in the middle of winter (something that is hard to comprehend if you're used to the seasons of the Northern Hemisphere) ensures that you won't find the heat too onerous.

August/September is preparing for spring

For families, the UK summer holidays may be the only time they have available for a long-haul trip. It can also be a good time for people with young children, or who prefer to avoid the more humid months. Children will be fascinated by the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which venerates the elephant-headed Hindu god. Racing fans will enjoy the Maiden Cup, with the Kite-Surf Championship offering a water-based sporting alternative. Summer is still some way off, so the temperatures will be very agreeable.

 

Choosing the best time to visit Mauritius really depends on your tolerance for heat and humidity, when you need to take your holidays, and whether you'd like to time your visit to coincide with one of more of the many events and festivals that take place on the island. There are so many events organised all year round that you really can't go wrong whenever you visit. Summer or winter, you'll find the same beautiful scenery wherever you go. Mauritius' mix of cultures and culinary influences will be sure to provide you with a fascinating and memorable trip.

 

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