It can be difficult to find places in Mauritius. Most addresses consist of just the name of the road – Route Royal or Royal Road is invariably the main street through town – so it’s a matter of keeping your eyes peeled. Signage is improving, but some say that taxi drivers make sure it’s kept to a minimum. Street names can also be confusing, particularly in the capital, as many have gone through several post-colonial incarnations. Few have stuck, and some are not even marked on maps, so you may need to know the original name, or try several, when asking for directions. Bear in mind that outside of the capital, few local people can point to places on a map or give reliable directions – carrying the telephone number of the attraction is your best bet. In Rodrigues, places are more remote but, as everyone knows everyone, someone can usually direct you.

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