The capital city of Mauritius serves as the island’s political, economic and cultural hub—and it’s also a great jumping off point for travelers to this small but incredible country. The nation’s colonial past is reflected in the historic French architecture of buildings like the famed Government House, which dates back to the 18th century. Visitors looking to explore these old-world influences can visit the Port Louis Theatre, Champ de Mars Racecourse and the ornate English Saint James Cathedral.
Well-read travelers can wander the city while exploring the sites that inspired famous authors like Marie-Therese Humbert, Robert Edouard-Hart and Khal Torabully, while the Port Louis Theatre offers visitors the chance to relax to the sounds of opera, jazz and classical tunes in one of the nation’s most beautiful buildings.
About 150,000 people call Port Louis home. Its western reaches lie in the popular Black River District. Rainy season here lasts from December through April, with the best temperatures occurring midyear.