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The white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Mauritius have made this island nation an enduringly popular tourist destination. But beyond the dreamy coastal resorts, Mauritius is also a place of culture. With history and cuisine crafted by an intoxicating mix of Indian, French and African influences. A haven for wildlife lovers, sun-seekers and culture junkies alike, this stunning island is best explored at your own pace. And there’s no better way to make the most of it than by renting a car.
There is one international airport on Mauritius, situated on the southeastern coast around 30 miles from the capital city of Port Louis. The airport, known officially as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International, can be reached year-round from a number of major global airports, including Paris-Charles de Gaulle, London-Gatwick and Dubai-International. Upon arrival you’ll find plenty of car rental agencies to choose from. These include Sixt and Avis - as well as local Mauritian companies. From the airport, Port Louis is a 45-minute drive northwest.
If it’s not convenient for you to pick up a vehicle at the airport, rest assured that there are plenty of rental agencies situated elsewhere. The majority can be found between Vacoas-Phoenix in the centre of the island, and Grand Baie on the northwestern coast. However, most of the built-up areas offer hire options. As a loose guide, many are situated just off the main M1 and M2 motorways, making it easy to collect your vehicle and head off to your next destination quickly.
For travel to and from the airport, look into booking a hotel transfer, taking a taxi or using one of the three airport buses (typically your cheapest option).
Driving on Mauritius is fairly straightforward. There are three main motorways (M1, M2 and M3) which allows easy access to the main cities and towns. From the airport, you can take the M2 as far as Grand Baie, passing by Vacoas-Phoenix, Quatre Bornes, Beau Bassin-Rose Hill and Port Louis on your way.
Smaller A and B roads can be used to access natural areas of interest like the Black River Gorges National Park in the south, and the Domaine de Chasseur Reserve in the east. Just remember to keep your licence with you at all times, as police do spot checks on motorists.
The beauty of having your own vehicle on Mauritius is that you don’t have to pick and choose when it comes to activities. In one holiday you can tour the length and breadth of this beautiful island, exploring everything from its urban centres to its nature reserves. Highlights include the Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses, the Vallée de Ferney Wildlife Reserve, and Port Louis’s Blue Penny Museum. You’ll also want to make time for the island’s stunning beaches. Trou-aux-Biches in the north is perfect for families while Belle Mare, on the eastern coast, is known for its water sports.
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When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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