Flic en Flac Beach is located 14 miles (22 km) from Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, which is in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. The name Flic en Flac is thought to come from an older Dutch name “Fried Landt Flaak,” meaning Free and Flat Land. Dead coral washes up on the beach, so be sure to wear shoes to protect your feet from this sharp detritus. Night clubs can make the area lively at night. Lonely Planet called Flic en Flac beach “still one of the best in Mauritius.” An EarthSky stargazer described the area in 2016 as a “large public beach, deserted at night. Trees block the light pollution from the back. Best for viewing in the direction West.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.