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I've just registered on the site so I'm a newbie.

My wife and i and our 2 small boys (4&7) are at a quandary as to move to Mauritius or somewhere else (Australia/New Zealand). We are adventurers and sun lovers and operate on instinct, so most challenges are not a problem. We vacation at the various islands most years but have fallen in love with Mauritius and it's beautiful people.

Cape Town is our current residence and we have an established business with wonderful staff and management, most of our work is generated on the net so it's easy for us to up and leave. Our priority is for our boys to be raised in a less hostile society as well as meet people from all walks of life.

We have discussed taking a year off to explore Mauritius, to check out business opportunities, housing, schools, culture, etc...The questions i would love answered are:

1) What made you ultimately decide on Mauritius
2) What regrets do you or did you have
3) Is a year too long to decide for us
4) Where's the best area to stay on or near the beach, close to schools, shops, etc...
5) What does Mauritius lack or need in terms of business

I thank you in advance for time, energy and effort and look forward to your replies.

Hi,

We just moved to Mauritius with our 1 year old son. My husband is Mauritian, so I suppose the decision was slightly different from yours. But nevertheless, I thought I'd share my experience.

We came on holidays for the 2nd time in January. Again we loved it very much and were at a turning point in our London life. Eventually just after we returned, we rather quickly decided to move to Mauritius. We decided mid January and were here by April. Hence, if you give yourself a year to decided, that's plenty from my point of view. ;)

1) What made you ultimately decide on Mauritius: Safe, welcoming, good infrastructure, goods schools, plenty of expats, welcoming Mauritians, weather, food.............
2) What regrets do you or did you have: None
3) Is a year too long to decide for us: see above
4) Where's the best area to stay on or near the beach, close to schools, shops, etc...: We love the North (Grand Bay, Trou aux Biches) but having looked into where to stay, Black River area has come up a lot too. There are several posts on the forum that can give you some insight.
5) What does Mauritius lack or need in terms of business: Can't answer this.

Best regards,

Hi Annie

Thank you for your informed reply, i appreciate your time taken. I have searched many a place on this site and gathered an incredible amount of information.

Hava wonderful day...

1) What made you ultimately decide on Mauritius
       LJ.  My late wife was Mauritian we planned to retire here easy decision for me.
2) What regrets do you or did you have
      LJ.   Making retirement earlier so that i could be here with my wife
3) Is a year too long to decide for us.
      LJ.   Personally I think that about a year is a good period as there will be so many things to sort out etc.
4) Where's the best area to stay on or near the beach, close to schools, shops, etc...
      LJ.   I would recommend Flic en Flac ,  there are lots of opportunities to have a new house build as well as buying an existing property.  It is on a very long stretch of beach with its own shopping area , and also close proximity is the shopping village at Cascavelle and something similar at Tamarin.  There is an International School for your children at Cascavelle as well.
5) What does Mauritius lack or need in terms of business
   LJ  Business wise Mauritius has seen a rapid growth since independence from more traditional industries such as Textiles , Sugar Cane, Fishing and Tourism.  However perhaps in the newer sectors such as EBENE (CYBERCITY) there could be some openings in the Computer Technology areas.  One other growth area which could be investigated is the use of sunlight for creating solar electricity this has enormous potential to grow as an industry in Mauritius alongside the more tradition use of solar energy to heat water.

Hi Les

Thank you so much for your informed reply, we really appreciate it. I'm so sorry to hear about losing your life partner, it's something i do think about as i would be totally lost without my wife, the experience must be traumatic, sincere strength, peace, health and happiness to you.

A move of this nature is not easy unless one's lifestyle is easy, fortunately we are a family of mad hatters and we are all so excited at this opportunity. I'm 54 and believe a move like this has to include improving the country in some small way that's prepared to have us. Thank you for some ideas on the business front as i can't laze about on the beach all day every day LOL.

If you don't mind i'd like to keep in touch and possibly meet once we there.

Hava awesome day !

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