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The Best Beaches in Kenya

Kenya is a fantastic destination for beach-seekers, with many beautiful spots along its coastline. The shores of Kenya is dotted with dazzling tropical beaches, each with its own character. From the mainland, through the creeks, to the islands, there’s plethora of sandy shores, and spectacular views to pick from. Here are top Most Beautiful Beaches in Kenya.

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Diani Beach

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Camels at the Diani Beach, Kenya. © Hendrik Terbeck/Flickr

Diani Beach is arguably the most popular and beautiful beach in Kenya. Diani Beach has a radiant appeal like no other renowned for its coral-reefs, widespread lush vegetation beautifully contrasting with the white, powdery beaches and the turquoise water. Diani beach is a delightful location for swimming as well as surfing. The Colobus Conservation, and the Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest, are there for the no-water sports enthusiasts.

Nyali Beach

A short distance from Mombasa, Nyali beach is well developed and appeals to holidaymakers, offers a calm and relaxing ambiance. There is plenty of accommodation from which to choose – magnificent beach resorts that offer deluxe accommodation. Great location that is close urbanization that allows you to hit the club scene in Mombasa or within Nyali at night.

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Turtle Bay Beach, Watamu

Known for its coral reefs, clear water and soft white sands, watamu beach does not stretch for miles on end. Secluded and great for adventures, offers swimming opportunity to swim with whale sharks, depending on the time of the year. Enormous beach activities; surfing, sunbathing, scuba dive and snorkel.

Malindi Beach

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Beautiful serenity from Malindi. © Rita Manincor/Flickr

This beach is among Kenya’s finest beaches. Malindi beach is adjacent to Watamu beach, and has the advantage of being well connected, but you get to it first from Mombasa. It has good hotels and plenty of restaurants, bars and shops. Malindi beach is adjacent to Watamu beach, but you get to it first from Mombasa. Malindi is well known in Europe, particularly in Italy, for its beautiful beaches – the locals call it ‘Little Italy’ due to the large population of Italian tourists. It’s sand shimmers like pure gold in the sun that gives spacious vibes to water sports enthusiasts who are present year-round to snorkel, waterski and scuba dive.

Shanzu Beach

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Feels like paradise in Shanzu, Kenya. © Mirek.Ambroz/Flickr

Shanzu is a secluded beach located in North Coast, located 30km from Mombasa, off Mombasa-Malindi Highway. Favoured by German and Swiss tourists, the beach offers pleasant views of the sea, sheer beauty of the coast and endless water spots. It is a perfect place for a tropical beach vacation. The extensive length of the beach sparkles like a million tiny jewels under the dazzling sunlight. The beach is surrounded by coconut palm groves and has wide range of accommodation; resorts and hotels, bars and restaurants, where visitors can lodge, enjoy and have fun during their holidays.

Lamu Beach

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Dhow cruising through the sunset in Lamu, Kenya. © Eric Lafforgue/Flickr

Lamu is full of beautiful white sandy beaches – the land of dhows. This beach is known for its picturesque views and peaceful ambiance. You can set sail to watch the sunset in the deep sea, or cruise all the way to the marine park to snorkel and swim with dolphins. Surrounded by luxury resorts built around the ocean, offers the night at sea on a luxurious dhow cruise.

Tiwi Beach

One of the best snorkelling spots – this is a real hidden gem in Tiwi, a small settlement in Kwale County. The beach offers nature at its peak, you can actually touch the coral reef as you walk along the shores of the beach. However, it lacks amenities, with only the 4-star Tiwi Beach Resort offering top accommodation services. Alternative accommodations are cottages and guesthouses, with no bars and restaurants to hang out.


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