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Holidays: A sunny break in winter

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Soak up the sun in winter. It’s possible! All you have to do is choose the blue lagoon with its 30 degrees Celsius in the shade and an omnipresent sun. Winter is the best time of year to travel to tropical destinations where southern winter feels like an uninterrupted summer.

Sunbathe with your toes spread fanwise on the fine sand, in the shade of coconut and filao trees in front of a turquoise lagoon. You can be part of this postal card even in winter. Yes, seasons in Mauritius are totally different from those in the northern hemisphere.

There are only two seasons in Mauritius: southern winter and southern summer. Summer starts in November and ends in April and winter takes over from May to October. If in summer, temperatures can go up to 35 degrees Celsius on the coast, in winter it is cooler. Evenings are indeed cooler during the said winter season.

However, the Indian ocean remains warm. Air and water temperatures are pleasant and can reach up to 25 degrees Celsius on the coast and other coastal areas. Minimum temperatures vary between 17 and 19 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 26 to 28 degrees Celsius. Southern winter is felt especially on the central plateau. The temperature tends to drop if an anticyclone from the South pole is blowing over the island.

Trade winds, palm trees and cocktails…

These prevailing conditions are definitely an invitation to run away from winter blues for a … warm winter in a heavenly setting with a three hour only time difference bonus. Let yourself be tempted. How can you possibly say no to trade winds, palm trees, cocktails, white sand and romantic sunsets?

The temperatures are ideal for much needed escapes. Let aside the numerous sunny beaches, you can also swim with the dolphins, go on a hike or even climb the Morne Brabant. You can also stop by the seven-coloured earth at Chamarel --- one of the mysterious attractions of the island --- visit Ile aux Aigrettes and learn more about the initiatives of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to preserve the endemic flora and fauna of the island.

Ile aux Cerfs is another must-see. Snorkelling, parasailing, skydive or kitesurf --- you name it! Numerous greens are also available for golf amateurs. And how about a day at the animal park of Casela? The park has a series of fun activities: walk with the lions, safari, zipline and the newbie --- a 800-meter long summer toboggan.

As you can tell, you can’t compare Mauritian winter with that of the northern hemisphere. Physical activities are possible all throughout the day and regardless of the time. In Mauritius, it is sunny all year round and winter is actually just a … cool summer.