Port Louis, Mauritius
Diverse cultures, perfect beaches, bright sun, rugged natural beauty, high-end shopping and tranquil temples. Cosmopolitan Mauritius has something for everyone. Port Louis lies at the base of the Moka range of mountains, where you can explore the Port Louis Central Market, or the smaller market in nearby Mahebourg. The National History Museum provides background on the mélange of traditions inhabiting this tiny island.
If you're feeling parched, try the local cane rum or coconut water, a refreshing treat. Try a "gateaux," a local sweet, before heading to Tamarind Falls - actually a string of seven waterfalls set in a breathtaking green valley. Visit the Crocodile Park not only for its namesake inhabitants, but for tortoises and other local wildlife. Nearby, Black River Gorges National Park offers a hike to the highest point on the island, Black River Peak.