Reached on the M2 highway straight from the airport, GRAND BAIE is the island’s tourism capital with the greatest concentration of beaches and excursions – from parasailing and kayaking and cycling to caving – along with plentiful accommodation, boutiques, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Once a simple fishing village on a sheltered emerald bay, this bustling resort is now nicknamed “Le Trop” for its profusion of luxury yachts, shopping complexes and après-sol entertainment.

On the left arm of the bay, you can explore the sleepy peninsula of Pointe aux Canonniers, or Gunner’s Point, nicknamed De Vuyle Hoek (Filthy Corner) by the Dutch after so many ships sank on its treacherous reefs. To the north, Grand Baie threatens to spill over into the quieter, smaller village of Pereybère, which has the most popular public beach in the area; numerous restaurants line the short stretch of coastal road connecting the two.

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