Mauritius has certainly had its fair share of visitors. It may be small, 200 miles to drive a complete loop, but historically it has been very important. The Portuguese got there first, but then the Dutch took over, naming the island after a member of Dutch royalty. The Dutch themselves were eventually succeeded by the omnipresent French, who left more of a mark on the island, so much so that the indigenous language falls into the Creole category. As usual in imperialistic and particularly seafaring history, it wasn’t long before the British muscled in and in this case, history records, brought about the extinction of the Dodo. Indeed for most people now, the island is synonymous with the now defunct ungainly flightless bird that once resided here.
Other prominent visitors in this part of the world have included the fabled American author and traveller Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name of Mark Twain. Twain himself commented that this tropical paradise was surely the blueprint for heaven. In the modern age though, getting to and around Mauritius is a little easier than it was in Twain’s day and age. Many European carriers fly to the island, and the weather is such that tourists are able to flock here throughout the year. What with the tiny size, you’ll be able to get absolutely anywhere you need to/want to go in your hire car.
Highlights we can recommend include the unbelievable flora and scenery of this lush island, though should you be in search of more man-made local interest, we suggest you check out the Blue Penny Museum in Port Louis, home to some of the rarest and most valuable stamps in the world or the sleepy town of Flic en Flac. Not your thing? No problem you’ve got a whole paradise island of exotic wildlife and culture to explore with your car hire. Enjoy the lonesome fincas and small villages which affect the landscape- all of which can be discovered in your cheap car hire!
CarDelMar wishes you a pleasant and unforgettable stay with car hire on Mauritius!