Map of Vacoas
Vacoas - Town
Vacoas Info
District: Plaine Wilhems
Population: 110,000
Vacoas-Phoenix is one of the five main towns in Mauritius and the largest town of the country. It has the fifth largest number of inhabitants. In geographical terms, Vacoas-Phoenix is the largest municipality of Mauritius. It is also the largest town in geographic terms. The town lies between Curepipe and Quatre Bornes in the western highlands region of the country, about 10 miles (16 km) south of Port Louis. Vacoas acts mainly as the moving town with all development and enterprise works take and on the other side Phoenix is her sister. The boundary between Phoenix to the east and Vacoas to the west is Rivière Sèche, though other sources consider Avenue Père-Laval (officially Decaen Road) as the actual boundary. The promenade Père Laval is one the most beautiful places in Mauritius; it runs on the area between Decaen Road and Rivière Sèche. Though officially a walking trail, it has become popular with the locals as a place to play football. It is also a popular picnic spot with foreign Chinese workers employed at the nearby factories.

The centre of Vacoas, that is the immediate area around Vacoas bus station, consists of a several old shops, owned mostly by Sino-Mauritians. Vacoas also boasts of its bazaar - vegetable market (active on Tuesdays and Fridays) and its 'Way' supermarket. The town has one of the most reputed girls colleges, Dr Maurice Curé SSS. The rest of the town is devoted to residence, while the Gymkhana ground remains popular with joggers, football matches and military training. In addition, the Gymkhana has a special club for golfers. While it used to be the driving force of the Municipality of Vacoas-Phoenix, Vacoas has now fallen behind its neighbor sister. Vacoas holds its name from a plant whose scientific name is "Pandanus" and which was found in large quantities in this region. Formerly, the leaves of this plant were used to make the bags and mats.


Summer (September - April)
25°C - 33°C

Winter (May - August)
21°C - 24°C
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