May is the last month of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and the time of the year when temperatures begin to cool somewhat. While there is still plenty of heat and humidity, it is not quite as bad as the region is quickly moving into what is considered winter in the tropics. The good news is that this is also the driest part of the year, so it makes an excellent time to visit as the number of rain showers and rain amounts are greatly diminished.
What's The Weather Like In Port Louis In May
After going through four very wet months, this month only receives an average of 97mm of precipitation. This is greatly reduced from the 221mm just two months before. The rain falls over an average of just 7 days of the month. As a result, much of the month is dry, but it is still advisable to consult an extended forecast before leaving home to make sure you have the proper clothing.
Even though the winter season is just around the corner, there is still an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day. This is because Port Louis is located close to the Equator and squarely within the tropics so there is little change in the amount of sunshine from one day or month to another.
Temperatures are still comfortable during this time of the year with the average daily temperature of 23°C (73°F). The average daily high continues to cool as the winter season will start next month and will climb to 26°C (79°F). This is still plenty warm enough to bring shorts and short sleeves for the afternoon hours. However, a light jacket is needed first thing in the morning when overnight lows will fall to an average of 19°C (66°F).
Water temperatures remain warm and allow visitors to take advantage of water-based sports. The sea surface temperatures are a warm 26°C (79°F).
Port Louis Hotels In May
The Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa
Just outside of Port Louis, guests will find The Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa. For those looking to enjoy their holiday surrounded by the best location, food and amenities, you cannot go wrong with this choice. The hotel features natural elements both inside and out in order to promote a strong feeling of serenity and comfort. The hotel features a private beach as well as several outdoor pools. Guests may also choose to participate in a number of water sports or land based activities such as tennis or golf. In all, the hotel has a total of 190 rooms of varying sizes and costs, each featuring high speed Internet, a flat screen TV and a terrace.
The Angsana Balaclava is a treasure in the middle of the ocean and a perfect escape for a May holiday. The hotel offers numerous amenities and plenty of ways to relax and enjoy a vacation. Amenities include a spa, fitness room, library, multifunction room, swimming pool and water sports. The on-site restaurant is well known for its dining options and couples may even choose to dine on the beach. Each room features air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, private bath and Egyptian cotton linens.
With 215 rooms, including 18 suites, the Maritim Hotel offers guests a taste of luxury while relaxing on holiday. Situated on 25 acres of beautiful land including gardens, beaches, and nature, guests can soak in the laid back, yet sophisticated atmosphere. Guests may choose to dine in one of the five on-site restaurants, get a drink in one of three bars, and take in the pool and spa. With a number of daytime excursions also available to participate in, there is plenty to like about this hotel.
Port Louis Beaches For May
Tamarin Beach is another favourite for those visiting as well as for locals. With only 97mm of rain in May, this is a great time of the year to get plenty of sun. Located near the bay of Tamarin with the Black River mountain range nearby, the views are worth the visit. Without a coral reef to protect the beach, the sea can be rougher here than in other areas, but that only means this particular location is great for those looking to catch a few waves. One of the more popular times to visit is the weekend when visitors set up campfires along the beach.
Bars And Restaurants
Al Wasseelah Restaurant
Serving authentic Indian cuisine is Al Wasseelah Restaurant. The restaurant is situated so that it overlooks a beautiful view of the bay and offers spectacular sunset views. Combined with an extensive menu, this is a great spot for a lovely dinner. Additionally, there is a kid's menu making it the perfect place for the whole family.
Another restaurant in town serving out of this world Indian food is Rozi Darrbarr. Additionally, the staff are well trained and helpful in selecting the perfect meal for any guest's tastes. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a wide array of dishes priced at affordable levels. This is one restaurant not to be missed.
Post Box Lounge Bar
The Post Box Lounge Bar is located in the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel and offers an elegant way to enjoy a few cocktails at the end of the day. Home to an expert mixologist, the bar offers patrons unique as well as traditional drinks made from natural, fresh ingredients. The bar is open from 7:00am until midnight every day and also offers live music from the piano to relax to.
Things To Do In Port Louis In May
Citadel Fort Adelaide
One stop that shouldn't be missed is the Citadel Fort Adelaide. From the top, visitors can see the whole island and get plenty of breathtaking pictures to remember their trip by. The fort itself is small and only takes a few minutes to walk through, but it will also give visitors a good look into some of the history of Port Louis.
May begins to usher in the drier part of the year with only 97mm of rain expected over the month. And if you are a hiker, which is good news as one of the best hikes is just outside the city. Le Pouce is the third tallest mountain on the island and offers breathtaking views of all of Mauritius from the top. Visitors can opt to hike to the top themselves or with a guide. The trip is moderate in difficulty and will take about an hour to complete.