Conditions Mauritius is well known for its beautiful countryside and its pristine lagoons and beaches. It is also known for its social peace, political stability and racial harmony. Its steady economic growth over the years coupled with its nation's social cohesion and prosperity, ensure continuing development of essential services like health, education, water, electricity and telecommunications. Both public health and education services are free in Mauritius. However there exist private clinics as well as private English and French based schools of high international standards also exist. The island also boasts of a fine selection of restaurants, enviable leisure and excellent recreational opportunities including golf, lawn tennis, deep sea fishing, sailing and windsurfing, among others. Housing is of high standard, easily available and reasonably priced. British soccer is immensely popular.