Located on the north east tip of the island, Grand Gaube is a traditional fishing village with a handful of decent sandy beaches on an otherwise rocky stretch of coastline. Despite being just 10km from the energetic resorts around Grand Baie, the paucity of beach has protected the area from mass development, and it remains a picturesque place that offers a glimpse of everyday Mauritian life. The finest beaches are occupied by a few luxury resorts, but elsewhere swimming and water sports are somewhat limited due to the rocks underfoot. The area attracts more locals than tourists, creating a more laid-back atmosphere, and there is a good selection of more authentic restaurants to choose from. A short distance inland from Grand Gaube is the colourful Indian district of Goodlands, which is well worth a visit on one of the four weekly market days when the town is a hive of activity. One of the highlights of a visit to Goodlands is the Historic Marine factory and museum, the largest model ship workshop on the island, where you can watch replicas of vessels being handcrafted in minute detail.