Getting there: All airlines fly into Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (SSR) in the island's southeast.
Capital city: Port Louis.
Population: 1.278 million.
Religion: Mauritius is religiously diverse, but Hinduism has the largest following.
Language: Creole, French, English.
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR).
Climate: Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical maritime climate throughout the year. The country has two seasons: a warm, humid summer extending from November to April and a relatively cool, dry winter from June to September.
Transport: Multiple bus routes crisscross the island but engaging the a taxi is the more comfortable way to cover long distances. Take the train between towns for a scenic ride or a boat to scope the islands around. To explore at one's own pace, hire a motorcycle or bicycle.
Best time to travel: The best time to visit is from May to December, when the weather is mild (average 24 degrees Celsius) and pleasant.
What to wear: Casual dress is acceptable. Wear natural fabrics as they are suitable for hot weather. As some of the beaches have coral for sand, bring appropriate footwear. For the same reason, consider packing dive shoes if snorkelling.