Bel Ombre Beach
Bel Ombre Beach is located in the village of Bel Ombre, in the south part of Mauritius. This is one of the many beaches of Mauritius situated in the Savanne district.
Bel Ombre Beach is also known as St Martin Beach.
Beginning at the east of the St Martin bridge, and continuing for almost 6km, the Bel Ombre beach is competing with the top ten of the longest beaches in Mauritius.
Although mostly occupied by the Hotel Heritage Le Telfair, the Tamassa Hotel and the Mövenpick Resort & Spa, the west part of Bel Ombre public beach is still almost 1,2 kilometres.
You will find the nicest stretches near the Bel Ombre roundabout (exit marked with Rivière des Galets). Access to this part of the beach is not possible from the main road, as it is efficiently sealed off by the Telfair hotel grounds.
To get around this small problem, simply enter the public beach through the public parking, just after the St Martin bridge and the Bel Ombre police station, and continue through the beach forest, all the way down to the resort areas. A couple of hundred metres from the Telfair resort activity area (kite school, diving etc) you will find crystal clear water, sandy bottoms, shallow waters, and a splendid view across the bay to the resort beach.
Protected by the coral reef, but still close to open waters, this area is popular with kite surfers. Bring your own gear, or rent from the numerous kite school operators near the hotel beaches. Keep in mind that parts of the St Martin and Bel Ombre reefs are located right next to open waters, and along with that – very strong wind and current. These waters are great for experienced kite and wind surfers, but do respect the Beach Authority signs and warnings. They are there for a reason.
As for the beach itself, Bel Ombre village and the public beach is a sleepy, laidback area, and there are mostly a few locals from the nearby villages here. There is plenty of open space for picnics, and with the beach being located a couple of hundred metres from the road, it’s all very quiet.
The avid beach trekker will find around 6 kilometres of uninterupted sandy coastline to explore, from St Martin in the west and all the way to Rivière des Galets, east of Bel Ombre.
Near Rivière des Galets coming from the west, the coral reef ends and the sandy beach changes into some challenging rocky passages, facing the open waters of the south. Currents are very strong here, and the area is not recommended for the unexperienced beach trekker.
However, if you do decide to cross the rocky areas, you will be rewarded with some 500 metres of deserted unexploited beach land, all set in a shallow bay, protected by a small forest – and chances are that you will have it all to yourself.
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Accessible by public transport: Yes
Major town nearby: Chemin Grenier
Other beach nearby: La Prairie Beach
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Length of main beach: 1800 m (5905 ft)