Hosts in Mauritius
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The country : Mauritius is a tropical island situated in the Indian Ocean about 3 000 kms from the east coast of Africa. It has 160 kms of coastline almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs , a great central plateau and picturesque mountains. The population is made of 1.2 millions consisting of Hindus, Muslims, Chinese, Creoles and Europeans. The economy is based on agriculture, textiles, light manufacturing and tourism. Mauritius has introduced offshore banking, a freeport and the Stock Exchange provides a modern capital market on the island.
The two sides of Mauritius
Mauritius does have stray dogs, street venders, some buses can be old, crowded and slow, there are typical markets selling everything, local fishermen with bamboo poles, old mopeds, some unfinished buildings look like a bomb hit them, some people living in cement or metal shacks, the merchants have difficulty providing change so they have to run down to their buddy at next stall for change. Shoes or shirt are not necessary in public places and there are less rules of conduct.
Mauritius also has many characteristics typical of a developed country such as new modern super markets, good drivers that follow traffic rules, plenty of BMWs, nice paved roads, very few touts or beggars, car washes, nice taxis that have a full tank of gas and windshield wipers, public restrooms with toilet paper, commercial centers with air con, quality cuisine, everything pretty organized, good infrastructure and services are efficient and professional.
The The Mauritius Shipping Corporation links Reunion/ Rodrigues several times a month.
Climate: Air temperature on the coast varies from 22 C ( 72 F) in winter to 31 C (72 F) in summer. Water temperatures ranges from 22 C (72 F) to 27C (81F). Like all tropical islands, there are no well defined rainy and dry seasons. The island is lush green, and colourful vegetation abounds throughout the year. The hours of daylight are approximately from 05.00 to 19.00 in summer and 06:00 to 17:30 in June, July, August, the winter months.
Culture: Mauritius being a traditional society, you'll make life easier if you look neat when you first meet a family. Particularly disliked are shorts, mini-skirts. It's advisable to dress conventional for formal occasions.
Language: English is the official language but French and Creole are widely used. Hindi and other oriental languages are also spoken.