Visit Kenya's Coast
Kenya has a near perfect tropical coastline - hundreds of miles of sand shading from white to silver to gold. On one side it's laced with palm trees or forest or flanked by sand dunes. On the other lies the Indian Ocean, every shade of blue-green imaginable. Its waters are gentle near the shore, thanks to the coral reefs that act as barriers to the full force of the waves, and host an amazing array of tropical marine life.
The Kenyan coast is steeped in history, too. From the 9th century onwards, Arab and Indian traders arrived in dhows to trade, and created the special Swahili character of the coast, which still thrives. The very word is derived from the Arabic Sawahil, meaning ‘coast dwellers.' A few hundred years later, the Portuguese arrived, and made their own mark on the coast, most visible today at Fort Jesus in Mombasa. This, together with Malindi and the Old Town on Lamu island, offers an intriguing cultural edge to beach holidays in Kenya.
There are any number of luxury hotels to choose from for a perfect Kenya beach holiday and it would be easy to stay put in any of them and do nothing other than enjoy the sunshine - eight hours a day on average - and the sea. However, with so many Kenyan game parks close at hand, it's worth combining sea and safari in a tailor-made holiday.
Top itineraries in Kenyan Coast
This wonderful 14-day safari holiday takes in the beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife of Kenya before heading to the coast for a relaxing beach break on the spectacular Mombasa Coast.
Top places to stay in Kenyan Coast
AfroChic Diani, with its beautiful furnished landscaped garden and its free form crystal clear swimming pool, is situated right on the edge of the gorgeous white ands of Diani beach, 27 km south of Mombasa on Kenya's east coast.
An ideal post-safari pause, the Serena Beach Resort entices with white sands, fine seafood dining and a full spread of complimentary activities. The superb spa doesn’t hurt, either.
Where to go in Kenyan Coast
Watamu is Swahili for ‘sweet people' and this sleepy little village is a suitably charming place on the edge of wide, white sand beaches and pure blue sea, which is suitable for swimming during both high and low tides. Underwater, Watamu teems with tropical fish, flashing bright beneath the blue.
South of Mombasa lies the stuff of tropical beach dreams, reached after a distinctly non-dreamy but often entertaining ride on the busy Likoni Ferry. Blindingly white beaches, soft sun warmed sand, palm fronds rustling in the breeze, it's completely clichéd but only because it really is this beauti…
North of Mombasa is a long stretch of beach, which runs for many miles, all the way up to the wide mouth of Kilifi Creek, a popular stop for the international yachting circuit.
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