Mauritius is the most accessible island in the Indian Ocean, boasting as much tropical paradise as Maui or Martinique at a bargain price. Though nestled up alongside Africa, it's actually more influenced by British and French ties and massive Indian workforce. Enjoy a dish of curried chickpeas or a nice Yorkshire pudding on the terrace of a French café, sipping imported wine or a thick malty ale while listening to Créole music and the conversation of locals in any number of lingoes. Its range of visitors facilities ranges from pamper-happy beach resorts and organised excursions to locals who'll put visitors up in their homes and rent their cars for daytrips. Visitors looking for a lazy beach vacation shouldn't forget the rambling interior and multicultural capital Port Louis.