Kenya is famed for its scenic landscapes, dramatic Great Rift Valley, vast wildlife preserves, mountain highlands, and much more. One of the best highlights of Kenya, however, is the beautiful beaches found near the Kenyan Coast. The coast covers an area of 536 kilometers which includes beaches, towns, and islands in the Indian Ocean.
The Kenyan Coast flaunts the most beautiful and majestic white sand beaches in the world. A visit to this country not only includes experiencing the safari but also enjoying an impeccable beach vacation. As a result, the coast attracts an end number of local as well as international tourists to enjoy its shores.
The Kenyan coast is rich in history, displays natural scenic beauty, and houses diverse cultures. Here, along with soft and powdery sands and the pristine blue waters, one can appreciate dense mangrove forests, lagoons, remote islands, atolls, creeks, and secluded bays. As opposed to the South Coast, the North Coast ranks higher when it comes to viewing marine life. As there are several marine parks present in the area, one can enjoy a wide range of activities and embark on boat excursions to different islands.
Nonetheless, for an ideal beach holiday, head over to the beaches in the North Coast of Kenya. The North Coast, which stretches from Nyali to Malindi, is noted for its extensive white sands, trading history, natural beauty, luxurious and top-class resorts as well as fascinating Swahili ruins. With gently swaying palm trees and the comforting waves of the Indian Ocean, the North Coast has some of the most amazing beaches one could ever visit.
To save your time, here are the top beaches found in the Kenyan north coast:
Watamu is a small and charming town that lies between Watamu Bay and the Blue Lagoon. Due to the area’s popularity, the town has become a favored beach destination for many. Its shoreline features powdery white sand beaches and offshore coral formations.
The Watamu beach has a unique coastline and is beautifully surrounded by small coves, broad lagoons, and bays. Its coastline is bordered by the coral reef, maintaining the crystal clear and calm waters. The Watamu Beach lies in the protected Marine National Park along with Gorada beach, Turtle Bay, Jacaranda Beach, Watamu Bay, and more that stretch along the coastline.
Watamu’s azure waters make it the perfect location for snorkeling and diving activities. Its surrounding area is home to an abundance of wildlife and marine life. The prominent Watamu Marine National Park has around 600 fish species, more than 100 species of stony coral, and countless varieties of crustaceans, invertebrates, and mollusks. Watamu also offers fantastic restaurants, blending Arab, Indian, and Italian cuisines together. There are other attractions in close proximity to Watamu such as Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, Bio Ken Snake Farm, and the Local Ocean Trust that protects sea turtles.
Malindi is a spectacular town located at Malindi Bay and sits amid tropical beaches and resorts. Malindi is located just 120 kilometers away from Mombasa. The town is popular due to its gorgeous beaches and colorful coastlines. Malindi’ s warm waters and soft sands attract tourists from all over.
Silversands Beach is one of the beaches found in the town. During low tides, one can enjoy walks to the coral reefs and witness the sea creatures without any disturbance. The beach has various water sport activities such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, and more.
The Malindi Beach is found in Lake Malawi in the Mangochi district. It is locally referred to as Buntwani and nicknamed ‘The Golden Beach’ due to its golden sands that glimmer in the glaring sunshine. The golden-brown sand beach is home to Swahili architecture and is known for historical events.
Malindi Marine Park Beach showcases long and fine sandy beaches and a diverse underwater world. The marine park has fringing reefs, mangroves, coral gardens, different species of marine mammals, turtles, gigantic corals, and shorebirds. Tourists can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, boat rides, nature walks, and scuba diving. Nearby Malindi Beach are various attractions to visit such as the Marafa Hells Kitchen which is an odd sandstone canyon, Vasco Da Gama Pillar, the Gede Ruins, and Malindi Museum. Malindi also has a fantastic collection of beach resorts, casinos, bars, souvenirs, and other shopping centers.
A small coastal town, Kilifi lies on the North Bank of Kilifi Creek. It is known for its beach sporting activities coupled with stunning shorelines. As it has escaped most of the development period, Kilifi is known to have a hidden location, tucked into an estuary that leads to the Goshi River.
One of the most popular beaches found in Kilifi is Kilifi Beach. It is nestled on the Southside of the Kilifi creek. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing in peace under the palm and baobab trees that line up the horizon. Water sport activities such as diving, sailing, snorkeling, or leisurely riding the dhow boats are available. There are diving schools available for beginners on the beach as well.
Bofa Beach is another beach that is located in the north of Kilifi along the coastline. It is a stunning beach fringed with swaying palm trees that continue for miles. Its turquoise waters are decorated with a vast coral reef. Along with sporting activities, visitors can simply relax and appreciate the scenic beach and relish on cuisines offered by restaurants situated nearby.
Major attractions near Kilifi include Gosana Culture and Nature Park, Mnarani Ruins which are 14th-century ancient Swahili settlements, and the Portuguese Chapel.
Mombasa is a coastal city, also referred to as the blue and white city in Kenya. Its location on the Indian Ocean has transformed the city into a historical trading center.
The north coast of Mombasa showcases its natural vistas and interesting history. Its breathtakingly blue waters are alive with the most abundance of marine wildlife. Just like the Diani Beach, located in the South of Mombasa, the city’s north coast is lined with spotless seashores. The beaches have towering palm trees and are broken by a huge mouth of Kilifi Creek.
One of the popular beaches is Nyali Beach, set in the mainland north of Mombasa County. Nyali, a westernized residential area, has a beautiful white sand coastline that is protected by a coral reef. There are several luxurious resorts, hotels, numerous places for entertainment as well as numerous dining spots.
The laidback Kikambala Beach, located North of Mombasa is a laidback paradise. Visitors can enjoy water sports and lounge on the beach for hours until the sun sets. Visitors can also explore the tropical forest inland and enjoy shopping at Bamburi shops.
The North Coast of Kenya provides cultural, historical, and recreational sites along with scenic beaches. For a wholesome vacation, make sure to include the above-listed beaches while traveling to Kenya.
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