Butte á l’Herbe Beach
Butte á l’Herbe Beach is located near the town of Grand Gaube, in the northeast part of Mauritius. This is one of the many beaches of Mauritius situated in the Rivière du Rempart district.
Butte á l’Herbe Beach is also known as Calodyne Island.
Butte á l’Herbe beach is another one of those forgotten beaches of Mauritius, having been saved from sign posting from the main road until 2011.
The area is actually an island, connected to the mainland by a couple of small bridges.
Access is fairly easy by car from the main coastal road leading to Grand Gaube from the west. As soon as sign posts tell you that you enter Grand Gaube, look for a small sign indicating that Butte á l’Herbe is to your left.
If you would want to please your car rental agency, you would avoid going to the Butte á l’Herbe island with the smaller type of rental cars … Although only a few hundred metres long, the road leading to the island bridge is in a terrible state, especially during the wet season.
This is however likely to change in the near future. As of 2011, there are several resorts under construction in the neighbourhood, so come 2012, the area around Butte á l’Herbe should see a significant improvement in roads and other infrastructure.
As for the beach, Butte á l’Herbe is a small island, composed mostly of pine trees, and surrounded with a few beaches of various quality. At the north tip of the island there is a small residential neighbourhood.
In fact, the residential area to the north is (not surprisingly) home to the best beach on the island of Butte á l’Herbe, but needless to say, access from the south of the island means trespassing private property.
The rest of Butte á l’Herbe is a quiet piece of pine forest in the center of the island, and a few mediocre beaches surrounding it. Most visitors don’t come here to swim, but instead come for the serenity of the surroundings, the picnic areas and the great views of the Indian Ocean.
The facilities here are as you would expect from any public beach in Mauritius, with public restrooms and a maintained beach area with benches and huts.
During the weekends you will typically find a local vendor or two on the island, selling basic snack food and fresh fruit, but for most of the time you will need to stock up on picnic food in the nearby villages of Calodyne or Grand Gaube before heading to Butte á l’Herbe.
|Butte á l’Herbe Beach||Location: Grand Gaube|
Accessible by public transport: No
Major town nearby: Goodlands
Other beach nearby: Anse la Raie Beach
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District: Rivière du Rempart
Length of main beach: 300 m (984 ft)