A small but sandy strip of coastline extends between the villages of BLUE BAY and POINTE d’ESNY to the south of Mahébourg. Blue Bay is the closest resort to the airport and sprinkled with seaside bungalows, cute guesthouses and a few hotels. The public beach here is particularly popular with locals and is the base for several worthwhile water-based excursions: glass-bottom boat trips glide around Blue Bay Marine Park; catamarans and local fishermen offer island-hopping up the east coast; and trips to Île des Deux Cocos depart from a private jetty near the coastguard’s office. Posher Pointe d’Esny is around a ten-minute walk away and a more private and tranquil stretch of sandy beach. This stretch catches the southeast trade winds and was the favoured spot for regattas during the British era, if a bit breezy in winter. Today it’s among the best beaches in the southeast, with a well-preserved lagoon, and lined with beautiful beach bungalows. Both villages are on the flight path, but with flights mostly in the daytime, planes don’t tend to disturb a good night’s sleep.