Check into a stunning private villa at Maradiva, a luxury resort nestled alongside Flic en Flac, a quaint beach community with fun local nightlife. The main disco is Shouts, which booms on Fridays and Saturdays, and welcomes outsiders. Come Sunday, the island's cross-cultural mix gathers for horse racing at the Champ de Mars Race Course in Port Louis. Locals also weekend at the Center de Flacq open-air market, where aromas, foods and languages blend in staggering fashions. The same holds on Ile aux Cerfs, a small island off the east coast. There, witness locals of all ethnicities embracing catamaran cruising, beach picnics and parasailing. Watch closely as tour operators attempt to fasten parasailing harnesses on woman in burkas.