Mauritius Property Finder Review: An Expats Guide to Relocation

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Setting up a New Home: Overcoming Relocation Challenges in Mauritius

Mauritius, a tropical paradise known for its azure seas, palm-fringed beaches, and vibrant multicultural society, is the dream destination for many expatriates. While it offers an idyllic lifestyle, the initial stages of settling down in this Indian Ocean island nation can bring unique challenges. My experience was no different.

Upon arrival in Mauritius, the first task was finding suitable accommodation. Many choose the coastal areas, known for their luxurious resorts and stunning ocean views. However, keep in mind that rent in these regions is correspondingly high. After much deliberation and thoroughly comparing the options, I decided to settle in the residential neighbourhood of Flic en Flac. Offering a peaceful environment, reasonable rental rates, and proximity to both the beach and main roads leading to the capital city of Port Louis, it was an ideal choice for me.

Securing the right furnishings and essentials for my new home was another hurdle to overcome. While Mauritius is well-equipped with modern conveniences, availability of specific brands or products may be limited.

Importing items is an option but comes with high customs duties. Therefore, flexibility and adaptability become key when setting up your home here. Local markets, shopping centres can offer a wide range of household items, including beautiful local handcrafted products, that add a touch of Mauritian charm to your home.

The next significant challenge was the utilities setup. Electricity, water, and internet services are generally reliable in Mauritius. However, establishing these utilities can be a lengthy process with paperwork, especially if you are unfamiliar with the local language, Mauritian Creole. While English and French are widely spoken, having a local contact or hiring a professional service to assist with these formalities can be invaluable.

Getting around was another aspect to consider. Mauritius, though small, has a dense population and heavy traffic in peak hours. Buying a car, which seemed like a good idea initially, soon proved a significant investment, considering the high prices of vehicles and gasoline. An economical and environmentally friendly alternative I found was using the island's extensive public bus network and occasional taxi services.

Adapting to the local way of life was the last, but arguably the most essential, step in setting up my new home in Mauritius. The country is a melting pot of various cultures – Indian, Creole, Chinese, and European – each with its unique customs, festivals, and culinary traditions. Participating in local festivities, trying delicious street food, and learning a few phrases in Mauritian Creole helped me break the ice with my neighbours and immerse myself in the vibrant Mauritian culture.

Relocating to a new country is always a journey filled with hurdles, but the challenges are manageable with some patience and preparation. Despite the initial hiccups, my experience of setting up a new home in Mauritius has been nothing short of enriching. The warm hospitality of the Mauritian people, the island's breathtaking beauty, and the laid-back lifestyle made every bit of the transition worthwhile.

I want to thank Property Finder for helping with our property rental and acquiring on our behalf and out of their own pocket basic day-to-day items we would need from day one when we arrived on the island. Their help enabled us to settle in immediately and make life so simple.


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2023-07-17 13:11:04

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