This coastal paradise is graced with soft breezes, lush tropical greenery and a curio of rare species. From honeymooners to families, this destination is perfect for anyone seeking a tropical island getaway. Sunbathe on the shores of white sand beaches or visit the botanical gardens in Curepipe, home to iconic miniature ship-building factories as well as the rarest palm tree in the world. For dining connoisseurs, the island’s fantastic cuisine combines Chinese, Italian and French influences for a creole flavor.

Gateway city: Port Louis

Best time to travel: Year round

Highlights: Le Chateau de Labourdonnais, Grand Baie, Le Morne Brabant, Chamarel Village, Black River Gorges