Grand Bay (Grand Baie) is another fishermen village in Mauritius found at the complete north of the island which has known accelerated changes through the years. Being initially a fishermen village, today Grand Bay is known more as a tourist village, with lots of commercial buildings and activities almost everywhere from the beginning to the end of its boundary. For the better or the worse, Grand Bay is still a very popular village of the island and is visited by both local residents and foreigners all the time for the many attractions and a very active night life it provides. With pubs and night clubs every 50 meters or less, it sure is a very busy place. Back in the 1960s, the village was still undeveloped and was more or less just another seaside place, with lots of greeneries and a few fishermen boats; it was yet an unspoilt and wild place to say. Today it obviously should be promoted to ‘Town’ instead of village.
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Some general info about Grand Bay:
Grand-Baie is a coastal village in Mauritius located in Rivière du Rempart District, the western part also lies in the Pamplemousses District. The village is administered by the Grand-Baie Village Council under the aegis of the Rivière du Rempart District Council.According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2011, the population was at 11,910. (Source: Wikipedia)
In the 17th century the Dutch used to call Grand Baie ‘De Bogt Zonder Eynt’, which meant the ‘Bay Without End’. Today it appears as though it’s the development – not the bay – that’s without end. As such, Grand Baie has all the vices and virtues of beach resorts the world over. The virtues include good accommodation, bars and restaurants, while the vices can be found in water frontages consumed by concrete and touts, although the latter, in true Mauritian style, nudge rather than push. To escape the downtown scene, head for charming and quiet Pointe aux Canonniers. (Source: Lonely Planet)