I am trying to arrange a two week holiday for February 2014 to celebrate a friend's special birthday. We have not been to Mauritius before. There is loads of useful information on this forum but I seem to be going around in circles somewhat and would really appreciate some specific advice.
Is February a good time to visit or would we be better off postponing until later in the year. I see from my research that although the temperature will be nice and hot there is a big chance of rain. I don't mind the odd tropical shower but days of heavy cloud and endless rain would be very disappointing. According to one weather website I have looked at that appears to be the case at the moment!
We are looking for a lovely beach where we can spend days snorkelling but also have the opportunity to visit local markets, shops, restaurants etc ie - we would like to experience a bit of local life whilst staying in a hotel. We will probably opt for mid range hotel on AI basis to control costs. Any advice on suitable resort would be appreciated. We won't hire a car so will be reliant on feet and local transport. We like to have a wander around in the evening (not to pubs and clubs though) and not to be trapped in the hotel.
There is a lot of information on the forum about eating out and buying drinks etc from supermarkets but little information on actual costs. What cost would say a three course meal for two people cost at a 'local' style restaurant and how much would say a loaf of bread and a large bottle of soft drink cost in the supermarket. This would give a benchmark and an idea of whether AI would be the best option for us.
Any advice would be very much appreciated.