To make the most of Reunion Island’s fantastic beaches you’ll want to stay on the West Coast, where Robinson Crusoe-style paradise island fantasies are realised. Reunion’s Beach holidays include all the key ingredients of an Indian Ocean escape: soft sandy beaches, calm cerulean seas and coral reefs, with the additional perks of independent cafés and restaurants that you don’t often see on other islands where eating out is confined to resort establishments serving international cuisine rather than local flavours.
The coast is particularly renowned for its watersports; you’ll find great surfing at St Leu as well as diving spots where you can look out for everything from whales to exotic, colourful fish. Along the west coast, St Gilles-les-Bains is the primary resort, and here you’ll find everything you need to complement your stay, including natural pools and relaxed nightlife. While Reunion’s accommodation options tend to side with comfortable rather than luxury, it’s here that you’ll find the islands premier resorts nestled within tropical gardens and extensive, stylish facilities. Being based on the West Coast doesn’t mean you need to remain in one place, as getting around the island is relatively easy thanks to the well-maintained coast road that creates a ring around the whole island – though plan your trips around rush hour, which can be busy.
While the West Coast is sheltered from the seas with scenery straight from a glossy beaches brochure, the East Coast is shaped by jagged volcanic cliffs and dark, pebbly beaches. On this side of the island the tempestuous Piton de la Fournaise volcano has left its indelible mark, with lava flows dropping into the sea and cutting through the roads – some still not fully cooled. Here rainfall is higher and the seas much rougher, with the presence of sharks making swimming a no-go. Visit to admire its raw, harsh beauty from afar, and return to the west for a cooling dip or to relax on unspoilt sandy shores.
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