Port Louis offers tourists idyllic weather due to its tropical maritime climate. The weather is warm and sunny all year round although the city is kept cool by the sea breezes.
The months of November to April, see the highest temperatures, on average in the 20s to mid-30s (Celsius) and also experience the most rainfall. This combined with high humidity, from January to March, and cyclone risk in the Indian Ocean, can be a turn off for most travellers. This can result in cheap flights to Port Louis and discounted hotel prices. If you don’t mind hot weather and rainfall, this is the time to get a good travel deal.
June through October is considered the dry period and also the high season in terms of tourism. Temperatures are cooler and more comfortable, with an average low of 20 degrees and an average high of 27 degrees Celsius and there is noticeably less rainfall. During this popular time flights to Port Louis are usually more expensive.
Port Louis offers a vibrant calendar of events which take place throughout the year, including, various religious festivals and cultural events. Mauritius has a large Chinese community which is evident through the Chinese New Year celebrations. Expect to see plenty of red lanterns (red is a traditional symbol of happiness), Chinese dancers and musicians, fireworks and food, especially in Port Louis’ Chinatown district. This event usually takes place in February, although the date can vary according to the lunar calendar. Experience Port Louis illuminated in all its glory during the Festival of Light, Diwali. This Hindu celebration is marked with the use of candles and lanterns during late October to early November and is a great time to book flights to Port Louis.
Located on the north-west coast and the capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis is popular with tourists from all over the world. A flight to this coastal city will offer you the best of marine activities and nature combined with vibrant city life. From the stunning tropical gardens at Pamplemousses to culture at the Blue Penny Museum and the Caudan waterfront Port Louis offers plenty of opportunities to play when you want to and relax when you don’t. Place Nelson Mandela, named after the famous politician and activist offers a unique and memorable experience with its old building and novel street lights. At the Old Market Halls you can find a great mixture of eateries, souvenir shops and a good view of the port area.
The cannon of Fort Adelaide is one of the most visited landmarks in the area as is the mosque of Port Louis, which is reserved for Islamic worship but can be viewed and photographed from outside. The horse racing track is a great day visit for those who love the sport. The old windmill in the city is a quaint landmark which provides travellers with a sense of the old way of life in the area. The Caudan waterfront is a great place to enjoy some of the good food served in the area with a beautiful sea view.
Once in the city you can explore on foot, rent a bicycle or use your rental car, bus or taxi to get around.
Flights to Port Louis arrive at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU). It is located about 48 km (29 miles) from the city centre. Taxis, city buses, shuttle buses and rental cars provide transport from the airport into the city.