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After the rainy summer, you may be considering heading to sunnier climes. The beautiful tropical island of Mauritius is a great choice for those looking for some pleasant June sunshine in stunning surroundings. Not just beach destination, this island I also rip for exploring, with vast colonial house, verdant botanical gardens and wildlife including the rarest of wild birds and friendly dolphins. The island is an extremely hospitable place, and Mauritians are famed for their great food and generous hospitality.

Don’t assume that a trip to Mauritius will break the bank. Although it is a destination often thought of in terms of the classic luxury honeymoon, there are definitely deals to be had for both the ordinary traveller and for families. It boasts a plethora of top end hotels, many of which offer on-site spas, water sports and even golf courses. The main tourist area is located around Grand Baie, with its plethora of decent hotels set on the whitest of sandy beaches. This region is ideal for families, as the seas are calm and the beaches flat. The south side of the island is both greener and wilder, and has a more edgy charm. There are plenty of hotels here too, and this side of the island is great for those hoping to explore the extraordinary beauty of Mauritius by foot. The weather tends to be slightly wilder here, and the scenery more dramatic, with pounding waves and amazing mountainous views. For a true overview of Mauritius, do try to visit both sides during your stay. Hotel staff will be more than happy to call you a cab to take you wherever you want to go and taxi drivers and friendly and generally enjoy sharing their local knowledge.

Although most often associated with winter sun, it is a year round destination, located as it is a mere 20 degrees south of the equator. The main peak season with the highest temperatures, runs between October and April. There is a slightly increased risk of cyclones between January and March. During the ‘winter’ (May to September) conditions are generally dry and warm, and as a bonus there are far less mosquitos at this time of year. June is a perfect month to visit if you want to explore as temperatures are far milder than the heights they can reach. Do bear in mind that the island has a classic microclimate set-up, so you can be basking in hot sunshine in one location, when five minutes down the road it may be pouring with rain.

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