Best Beaches in Kenya

Beach Essentials

When: December is a hot time to visit Kenya
Happenings: Sunbathing, snorkelling, dolphin watching, game fishing
Remember to Bring: Serious amounts of sun cream

Nyali Beach, Mombasa

There are some fantastic beaches in Kenya. Mombasa is the main beach resort in the country. This is Kenya’s second biggest city so there is a tendency for the beaches to get crowded.
Nyali Beach is the main beach around Mombasa, and this is where the bigger hotels are based. Be warned: the reef is quite far out so prepare for a swim if you want to go snorkelling.

Malindi & Watamu

Further up the coast, the Malindi/ Watamu Marine national Park and Reserve have some of the most beautiful stretches of beach and reef in the country. This offers great opportunities for game fishing or boat trips to spot dolphins.


If snorkelling is not you thing then Lamu has 8 miles of perfect sand with no reef meaning that there are major waves on Shela Beach. Remember that this is a Muslim area so do not sunbathe topless or nude, especially as there has been some problems of violence towards sole women travellers here.



The Kenya Coast
Visit-Kenya’s guide to where to stay and activities on Kenya’s coast.


By Electra Gilles