Beaches in Kenya

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Following is a list of Kenya beaches that are popular with tourists.

Mombasa Beaches

Mombasa is known for its wide stretch of coastal beaches. The beaches can be broadly divided into the North Coast and South Coast. Beaches on the North Coast are more popular compared to the beaches on the South Coast. Diani Beach is a popular tourist attraction situated in North Mombasa. It is also known for its exciting nightlife as the ‘40 Thieves’ beach bar is located here. You can enjoy a pleasant stay by the beach side in the budget hotels and cottages. Some of the other beaches on the North Coast include Bamburi, Nyali and Shanzu. Kenya’s largest crocodile farm is located near the Nyali Beach. You can get a glimpse of traditional Kenyan lifestyle if you visit Bamburi Beach which is surrounded by villages. A visit to Mtwapa is must if you are a fishing enthusiast.

The southern coast beaches of Mombasa are better known for their soft and white sands. You can visit these beaches if you want some privacy. Tiwi is the most popular and secluded beach on the southern coast.


A visit to the Lamu should surely be a part of your tour itinerary. You can spend some quality time lazing underneath the coconut trees. This beach is secluded in nature and is frequented by honeymooners and couples.


The main beach of Malindi encompasses an area of 7 km. Ensure that you wear comfortable shoes if you are planning to explore the entire beach. You can also visit the Malindi Marine National Park which has an exciting collection of coral reefs. If you are a fishing enthusiast, then Malindi is the perfect destination for you. It is also known for its surfing activities. Surfing equipment is usually provided by the beach-side resorts.


This is one of the widest beaches in Kenya. Watamu is especially famous for its Watamu Marine National Park which houses a collection of attractive coral. Diving and snorkeling are some of the activities you can indulge in Watamu. You can also enroll yourself for a short diving course conducted by the PADI-accredited scuba diving instructors. They also arrange diving expeditions.

Do not wander topless or nude on the beach as this is not entertained in Kenya.

March 26, 2010 new by imran_m

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