Kenya has some of the most intriguing and historically significant coastlines in Africa, and there are plenty of beautiful beaches for relaxation and fun.
In general, the best beaches in Kenya are very safe, not too deep or wavy, and there are no dangerous or poisonous fish to detract from such a unique landscape.
In this article, we will show you the most beautiful sandy beaches in Kenya. Many of them frequently appear at the top of many lists of Africa’s best beaches.
When to Visit the Beaches in Kenya
The Indian Ocean in Kenya is generally humid and hot all year, with annual daytime temperatures in Mombasa averaging between 27 and 31°C. That means Kenya’s beaches are open all year, though we recommend avoiding the wettest months, which run from mid-March to late May.
The Most Beautiful Sandy Beaches in Kenya
1. Diani Beach
This picturesque beach is located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Mombasa and is a popular post-safari destination. This Kenya’s white sandy beach features blue water and palm trees surrounded by plenty of beachfront resorts to choose from.
Diani Beach consistently ranks among the top ten beaches in Africa, and it would be a shame not to visit if you are in Kenya.
🏖️ Accommodation: Kinondo Kwetu, The Sands At Nomad, Swahili Beach, Baobab Beach Resort & Spa & Leopard Beach Resort and Spa
2. Galu Beach
Another remarkable beach south of Mombasa, this is a place loved both by those who just love to swim and sunbather as well as those who prefer more active beach holidays.
The place, adored by snorkelers, has a magnificent submarine landscape featuring clear water.
🏖️ Accommodation: Lantana Galu Beach Resort
3. Chale Island
Chale Island is another top place on Kenyan Coast. This paradisiac spot is home to Chale Island Resort, the island’s only resort with stunning sea views and a variety of fun activities. It is an excellent spot for visitors seeking island tranquility.
🏖️ Accommodation: The Sands at Chale Island
4. Tiwi Beach
At Tiwi Beach, sandbars stretch out to the reef close to the beach, and at low tide, you can get close enough to touch them. With the exception of the Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, there are no large bars or restaurants. Visitors can, however, purchase fresh seafood dishes and beverages from a small beach cafe.
🏖️ Accommodation: Amani Tiwi Lodge
5. Funzi Beach
Although not as well-known as Diani Beach, Funzi Beach is a beautiful beach on Kenya’s Funzi Island that can only be reached by plane or boat. It’s the ideal getaway for honeymooners and romantics who don’t want to be disturbed.
🏖️ Accommodation: Funzi Keys Lodge
6. Watamu Beach
Watamu Beach, also known as Turtle Bay, is an Indian Ocean beach located a few kilometers south of Malindi and is considered one of Kenya’s most beautiful beaches. This beach is famous for its clear water and coral reef, which are home to a diverse array of colorful marine life. It has white sand and palm trees for total relaxation, and you may see green and hawksbill sea turtles breeding on the sand closest to the reef.
🏖️ Accommodation: Hemingways Watamu & Turtle Bay Beach Resort
7. Lamu Island
Lamu Island is a small island off the coast of Kenya that has several beautiful beaches, including Shela Beach and Kipungani Beach.
Kipungani Beach has a peaceful atmosphere because few people visit this lovely, unspoiled beach. Shela Beach, on the other hand, is more popular than Kipungani, as well as being more natural and unspoiled.
🏖️ Accommodation: Kipungani Explorer & Peponi Hotel
8. Nyali Beach
Nyali Beach, with its tranquil atmosphere and stretch of white sand, is one of Mombasa’s most beautiful beaches. This beach is rarely crowded, and the surrounding area has a variety of beach resorts with various accommodations, making it an excellent choice for a beach vacation.
🏖️ Accommodation: Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa, Nyali Sun Africa Beach Hotel & Spa, Voyager Beach Resort & Prideinn Hotel Mombasa.
9. Shanzu Beach
Shanzu Beach is located just off the Mombasa-Malindi Highway and offers a mix of high-end hotels, resorts, and affordable guesthouses, making it a good spot if you’re on a budget with plenty of places to eat every day.
🏖️ Accommodation: Serena Beach Resort & Spa
10. Bamburi Beach
Bamburi Beach is a beautiful beach retreat on Kenya’s northern coast near Mombasa, with fine soft sand and calm seas. It is a great place to sunbathe, relax on the beach, and watch the sunset. Camel rides and water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling are available, and because there is a coral reef right off the coast, this beach provides an unforgettable experience.
🏖️ Accommodation: Bamburi Beach Hotel,
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