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17 Best beaches in Kenya

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Kenya, Lamu island, Shela fort
Lamu is an old town in Kenya featured in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It has iconic attractions, as well as the beach with dunes (Shela beach). There are no palms, so don't expect the perfect tropical paradise. In 2014, the wave of bloody terror covered the region, but as for now everything seems to be Ok. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (10 votes)

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Kenya, Mombasa, Shanzu beach
Shanzu is one of the best beaches in Mombasa, Kenya. As everywhere around, there is a problem of strong low tide, but sea bottom is sandy, unlike neighboring beaches with rocky bottom. As for the coast side, there are a lot of canonical palms, that we dream of. Beachfront resorts charge a small entrance fee to get to the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (24 votes)
Kenya, Kilifi, Bofa beach, aerial
Kilifi is an excellent beach in Kenya, located far away from the crowds. Kilifi creek offers many places for a secluded beach holiday. Popular attraction - swimming at the local dhow boats - is a must for any kind of tourists. A little to the north of the creek, there is Bofa Beach being one of the best in Kenya. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (6 votes)
Kenya, Diani Beach
Diani Beach is a popular beach to the south of Mombasa in Kenya. The beach is very long and rather heterogeneous. While there are palms and white sand ashore, most areas in the water are with rocky bottom and seaweed, suffering from the problem of strong low tides. But if you wish just to walk along the coast, local beach boys will disturb you all the way, asking for money. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (87 votes)
Kenya, Manda Bay Resort, beach
Manda is an island near Lamu in Kenya. For most tourists this is just a place where Lamu airport is located. However, there are good beaches, luxury hotels and even some notable ancient ruins. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (21 votes)
Kenya, Takaungu beach
Takaungu is a coastal village in Kenya. The ocean beach is rather typical for this region - with white sand and shallow water during the low tide. However, the main tourist attraction is a "creek". It offers comfortable swimming during the high tide, while in low tide you can walk on the sandy bottom, enjoying the spectacular views. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (7 votes)
Kenya, Mombasa, Nyali beach
Nyali is an upscale suburb of Mombasa with great beach. During the low tide sea water goes far away making the swimming impossible. But the shore features gorgeous tropical landscape, sometimes looking like Nungwi - the best beach of Zanzibar. Like all the popular beaches of Kenya, there are a lot of sticking beach boys trying to get money from tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (10 votes)
Kenya, Watamu beach
Watamu is a popular beach resort area in Kenya. This is an extremely diverse place. There is Mida Creek, a lot of bays, sandbanks, rocks in the ocean and excellent snorkeling. The beach itself is not the most beautiful, but every day you will find a new interesting attraction. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (8 votes)
Kenya, Mambrui beach, Angel's Bay Resort
Mambrui is a beach in Kenya, famous as a great spot for kitesurfing. There are also a lot of sand dunes, which can be rarely met in the southern coast of Kenia. Swimming in the ocean is possible only during the high tide. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (9 votes)
Kenya, Mombasa, Bamburi beach
Bamburi is the only public beach in Mombasa, Kenya. To be honest, it has different segments with Jomo Kenyatta Public beach being the only real public area. It is also known among locals as Pirates beach. The beach itself is nice, but incredible crowd kills all the beauty of this place. However, there are many cheap cafes, while sunbed is only half a dollar per day. It is better to come here during the weekdays, when there are no so many people. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (59 votes)
Kenya, Malindi beach, palms
Malindi is an an important tourist center on the ocean coast of Kenya. It is considered to be the most Europeanized region in the country. However, the beaches are rather mediocre even by the standards of Kenya. Of course, the sand is white with occasional palms, but in the low tide sea water goes far away exposing an ugly bottom. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (13 votes)
Kenya, Kiwayu island, beach
Kiwayu is a paradise island in Kenya located not far from the border with Somalia. So it is completely secluded with beautiful beaches. In 2011, gunmen attacked a family couple vacationing in an expensive resort. Moreover, even the local fishermen often suffer from armed robberies. So, as for now, it is more like a place for extremal tourism. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (8 votes)
Kenya, Kikambala beach
Kikambala is a beach in the northern suburbs of Mombasa, Kenya. As it's located far from the city, there are just a few hotels, and limited number of tourists. The beach is beautiful - with palms and white sand. However, during the low tide, sea water goes far away from the coastline, making it impossible to swim. There are also many beach boys trying to get your money. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (16 votes)
Kenya, Mtwapa beach
Mtwapa is a resort area in the northern suburbs of Mombasa, Kenya. Copacabana Beach located at Mtwapa creek is a famous center of club life with bars and night discos. The water is muddy, but suitable for swimming. As for the ocean coast, there are ancient ruins of Jumba La Mtwana being an important center of the slave trade. The water in the ocean is shallow with rocky bottom. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (88 votes)
Kenya, Kipini beach
Kipini is a fishing village in Tana River estuary on the ocean coast of Kenya. This place is for those who search of authentic places untouched by civilization. As for the beach, the water is muddy in the estuary. However, to the west of Kipini there is 50 km long ocean coast - with sand dunes, and without a living soul. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (11 votes)
Kenya, Msambweni, Mbuyu Beach Bungalows
Msambweni is one of the southernmost beaches of Kenya. The coastline looks pretty good - with palms and white sand, while it is impossible to swim in the water due to the shallow rocky bottom with algae. However, the snorkeling is rather good. / read more » /
Rating: 7.1 (6 votes)
Kenya, Mombasa, Likoni ferry
Shelly is a very beautiful beach in the south of Mombasa, but completely abandoned. The reason is that this is an extremely dangerous place. In 1997, there were mass killings between different local nationalities. As for now, even large groups of "non-locals" (including Kenyans from other areas of Mombasa) will be the subject of armed robbery. / read more » /
Rating: 4.9 (26 votes)
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[2017-08-08] Eddie

Mobile internet in Kenya.

Safaricom fares: 1 Gb = 5$, 3 Gb = 10$, 7.5 Gb = 20$, 12 Gb = 30$. Settings in your phone should be carefully configured, else internet will be very slow.

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