I love to describe Kenya as a land of beautiful contrast, consider its deserts and alpine snows; forests and open plains and the blend of modern vibe and colourful tribal culture that characterises its capital, Nairobi, and you will understand why. The world knows Kenya for its classic savannah safari, its other attractive side—though less talked about; are its miles of beautiful beaches that are perfect for honeymoon, family holiday, or lone getaway. If you want to experience the beachside of Kenya, Here are some of the best beaches to visit in the country.

 1. Diani Beach

You’ll find this beach in Kwale county. It is very popular and usually features among the best beaches in Africa. At Diani beach, you can go sky diving, kite surfing, swimming, have a picnic with friends and family and relax. There are resorts around to make your stay wonderful.

2. Nyali Beach

Located close to Mombasa, the beach is surrounded by luxurious resorts and wide space for play. In addition to offering privacy, swimming and sunbathing opportunities, Nyali has shopping malls and numerous entertainment spots, so you won’t be bored.

3. Lamu Beaches

Lamu is an Island in Kenya where donkeys, not cars, are the main mode of transportation. Lamu is old and popular with backpackers, notwithstanding, the Island has peaceful beaches with picturesque view. Manda Bay and Shela Beach are the popular beaches in Lamu. They are surrounded by luxury resorts offering nice spots for fun and relaxation.

4. Turtle Bay and Watamu Marine Park

Watamu, Kenya

Watamu, Kenya

Turtle Bay is about 7km long on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. Located 15km south of Malindi, the bay offers nice swimming opportunity; sunbathing, surfing and deep-sea fishing are other kinds of stuff to do here. As the Watamu Marine Park is close-by, visitors can also visit the Park for diving and snorkelling.

5. Tiwi Beach

Tiwi is a few kilometres from Diani, and has its own uniqueness and beauty. Pristine areas with colourful scenery and nature-rich atmosphere are the hallmark of Tiwi, while its beaches are nice for sunbathing and strolling.

6. Vipingo Beach

This is a romantic place for lovers to visit. The beach is located near Kilifi, surrounded by coconut palms and is never crowded. Enjoy the peace that comes with the calmness of the wind as you relax by this beautiful beach.

7. Gazi Beach

Sheltered by Chale Island, Gazi beach is a secluded beach area for ardent beach lovers. Its waters are calm and the sand backed by old coconut groves which provide shade for those who find the equatorial sun too strong. Nice and affordable lodges offering sumptuous food and great accommodation complement this peaceful beach’s quality privacy. The beach is 3km from Gazi town and you can be sure of fun when you are there.

8. Kikambala beach

It used to be rough and rugged, but with the influx of new mega-resorts, Kikambala beach area has been transformed into something more resembling the Caribbean. The frantic development notwithstanding, the beach still has refreshingly empty sands and more modest digs along Kikambala’s southern stretch, as well as further north, around Kilifi Creek.

9. Bamburi Beach

If you love water sports, or you need a beach for family or friends’ picnic, this beach is for you. You can relax here and take in the beautiful views, or swim and snorkel if you wish.

10. Shanzu beach

Surrounded by coconut palm groves and several bars, resorts, hotels and restaurants, Shanzu offers plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy beautiful nature. It is located 30km from Mombasa off the Mombasa-Malindi highway.


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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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