Flic en Flac was a fishing village until recently, when it became the second major tourist spot in Mauritius. But look what happened. Flic en Flac derived its name from the Dutch "Fried Landt Flaak" which literally means "Free and Flat Land." During the 1960s the town was only known for its cemetery, where people from nearby villages buried their dead relatives. There was also some duck and other wild bird hunting but nothing more. Unlike Grand Bay in the north, which undertook a savage development, Flic en Flac was monitored by the authorities. Strict rules were applied to buildings and premises.