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Cap Malheureux is a small fishing village located between Grand Baie and Anse la Raie. This picture perfect village is surely one of the most beautiful on the island of Mauritius. With it’s perfect tropical beaches and turquoise blue sea that extends out towards the dramatic Mauritian islands situated off the coast, Cap Malheureux is the embodiment of instagramable.
Cap Malheureux History
The name Cap Malheureux, meaning "Unlucky Cape", was given by the French who held control of the island from 1715 to 1810. In 1810 the British decided to seize control of the island in order to stop the raids on British fleets by the corsairs. Following an unsuccessful attempt to invade via Grand Port in the south in August 1810. British navy and army forces from Bombay, Madras and the Cape of Good Hope took the French by surprise by landing in the North of the island, where the French defences were weakest. As a result, the French were defeated inland and over the years the area became known as Cap Malheureux as a reminder of the 1810 invasion.
Cap Malheureux’s Location
Cap Malheureux is found in the district of Riviere du Rempart on the northern coast of the island of Mauritius, about 30km north of Port Louis the Capital of Mauritius. It’s 90 mins drive from the international airport and the lively Grand Baie is only 10mins away.
Climate in Cap Malheureux
Throughout the year, the weather in Cap Malheureux remains constant with the average temperature being 25°C. The mercury drops till 15°C and rises till 33°C over a period of a year. Since there is very little variation in the temperature, no single month can be labelled as the best time to visit Cap Malheureux.
Places to visit in Cap Malheureux
The red-roofed church of Mauritius
Any visit to Mauritius would not be complete without a detour to Cap Malheureux to admire the splendour of the Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Church also known as the red-roofed church.
Throughout the year, the church attracts many visitors. Admired for its beauty and simplicity, it gives a majestic view of the Coin de Mire and the ocean and boats far away. It is ideal for wedding ceremonies and serves as a beautiful background for photos. Many Mauritians and tourists also travel to attend masses during the weekends.
Beaches at Cap Malheureux
The beach of Cap Malheureux is famous, without any doubt, for its pleasant climate and its paradise look. It has kept a touch of freshness, soothing and subtle. The few rocks on the shore of white sand allow visitors to sit on them while soaking their feet into the water. Cap Malheureux is such a pleasant place that a seal recently visited the place. It is also possible to spot the black crabs that live in the rocks. Part of the beach is covered with grass, suitable for picnics, naps in the shade or for sunbathing. The beach has a pier, with boats anchored not far from the shore.
Bain Boeuf Public Beach
Short distance from the Cap Malheurex beach you, there is another beautiful beach worth visiting which is the Bain Boeuf Public Beach. A super quiet beach, ideal for those who want to get away from busy touristy Pereybere beach but still enjoy the same white sand and turquoise water. You can lie in the shade of pretty palm trees and the whole place just got renovated with benches and a nice bridge.
Hotels in Cap Malheureux
There are many places to stay in and around Cap Malheureux, including hotels, guest houses and villas that range from deluxe resorts to rooms to let.
Below please find the list of the some hotels and villa found near the village of Cap Malheureux:
Coin de Mire Attitude hotel - is a 3 star hotel which offers accommodation in a large tropical garden with 2 swimming pools. The hotel faces the rock Coin de Mire and guests can enjoy exploring the ocean with the free glass-bottomed boat trips.
Hacienda Villa - is perfect for group vacations surrounded by your loved ones, this villa is found in an elegant stone-walled establishment that boasts an airy interior and comfortable furnishings.
Cape Point Seafront Suites & Penthouse - Offering views of Coin de Mire Island and the Indian Ocean, Cape Point Seafront Suites & Penthouse offers modern and luxury accommodation in Cap Malheureux.
Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel - is an adult-only boutique resort offering exceptional serenity. The resort’s 67 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with colonial-inspired decor and furnished balconies or patios all with views of the hotel's private cove.
Activities in Cap Malheureux
The village also offers activities not to be missed, sea walks, deep-sea fishing, or day trips to nearby uninhabited islands, such as Flat Island, Ilot Gabriel and Gunner’s Quoin. An activity guided by Catamarans Tours, it is an expedition to be done at least once in a lifetime. They give a unique insight on how to live in the wild, without any civilization.
Day cruise to the northern islands can be booked online on mauritiusattractions.com
Recommended Restaurant in Cap Malheureux
- Amigo Restaurant : A great seafood restaurant
- Kanaco Restaurant : Good and affordable seafoods
- Le Capre: a delightful small typically Mauritian restaurant
- La Maison du Pêcheur : Family-run restaurant