10 of the Best Beaches in Kenya

You don’t have to travel far and wide to find stunning beaches because they are right here in our motherland. Kenya is known for having some of the best beaches in the world. Kenya’s tropical beaches have a lot to offer everyone, from a range of activities to unspoiled beach resorts.

Here are 10 of the best beaches in Kenya for relaxing, carousing or swimming. Instead globe-trotting to find a pristine beach, pack your bag and discover the fantastic beaches we have in Kenya.

1. Diani Beach

Diani Beach

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Diani is the most popular and beautiful beach in Kenya. This length stretch of beach is located on Indian Ocean coast, 30 Km south of Mombasa. The beach provides a tranquil haven where you can relax and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Diani is renowned for its coral-reefs, underwater sandbars, and widespread palm vegetation. The beach is a delightful location for swimming as well as surfing. If you want to have a calm chilled swim, walk along the beach, have a picnic with friends and family or engage in water sports, Diani beach is the best beach for all of these.

2. Nyali


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Nyali beach is one of Kenya’s best beaches that offer a calm and relaxing ambiance. The beach is located in Mombasa, surrounded by magnificent beach resorts that offer deluxe accommodation. Apart from the normal beach activities that you can do around Nyali like sunbathing, swimming and playing with sands and building sand castles, it’s also a good location for surfing. The beach is never overcrowded and offers lots of space for privacy.

3. Lamu Beaches

Lamu Beach
Lamu Island is full of beautiful white sandy beaches, which are perfect for ultimate relaxation during vacation. Manda Bay and Shela beach are the most popular beaches in Lamu. These beaches are known for their picturesque views and peaceful ambiance. These beaches are surrounded by luxury resorts built around the ocean. These beach resorts offer visitors an exquisite place to have fun and relax during their holidays.

4. Vipingo


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Vipingo beach is located near Kilifi in a coastal area which consist of Swahili villages. Surrounded by greenly vegetation of coconut palms, the water is calm and crystal clear. The beach is scenic but it’s always isolated with very little crowd. If you would love to spend some peaceful and romantic time with your lover or friends, Vipingo beach is the best place to visit.

5. Tiwi

Tiwi Beach
Tiwi, a small settlement in Kwale County, has its fair share of a beautiful sandy beach in Kenya. The beach is located north of Diani Beach, which is about 17 km south of Mombasa. The beach offers nature at its peak and it’s a place you can go to experience the best beach vacation, especially if you enjoy relaxing in the sun.

6. Watamu Beach – Turtle Bay


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Turtle Bay is a long stretch of beach; about 7km long is located on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, about 15km south of Malindi. The beach is known for its local reefs, clear water and soft white sands. The beach offers a great swimming opportunity, gives you a delightful feeling and the alluring ocean gives an amazing sight. You can engage in some beach activities such as surfing, sunbathing or take a long walk along the shores. Turtle Bay is perfect for a calm and relaxing day by the sea.

7. Gazi Beach

Gazi Beach

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Gazi beach is located 3Km from Gazi, a coastal town in Kenya. The beach is never crowded and it is the best place to go if you are looking for privacy during your vacation. The beach is surrounded by sumptuous palm vegetation and some luxury lodges that offer accommodation to visitors. If you are a sun worshipper, you will love Gazi Beach.

8. Bamburi Beach

Bamburi Beach

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Bamburi beach is located on Mombasa’s North Coast, it’s amazingly calm and it boasts fine soft sand and calm water, an ideal place to go experience fantastic vacation. The beach is a popular destination for sun lovers and sand seekers. If you love walking, swimming or relaxing by the beach, Bamburi offers everything. It is a perfect place to find some relaxing peacetime.

9. Kikambala

kikambala beach

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Surrounded by coconut palm grooves, Kikambala beach is located North of Mombasa, on the Indian Ocean. The long stretch of white beach, filled with white sands and shielded by a long coral reef is one of the best beaches of the Kenya coast. There are several beach resorts situated on Kikambala beach. The beach offers beautiful picture-perfect views and lots of space for locals and visitors to enjoy themselves.

10. Shanzu


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Shanzu beach is located 30km from Mombasa, off Mombasa-Malindi Highway. The beach is surrounded by coconut palm groves and has several beach resorts and hotels, bars and restaurants, where visitors can lodge, enjoy and have fun during their holidays. The beach offers pleasant views of the sea, sheer beauty of the coast and endless water spots. It is a perfect place for a tropical beach vacation; it provides a variety of adventures that give visitors remarkable experiences.

Our Readers Comments

  1. What about Che Shale beach? I think it’s the best one

  2. Wow, what a nice round up. I grew up in Kenya, but I’ve had very little chance to go back. Looking through all these beaches really makes me miss the Kenyan coast.

    I’ll have to make a plan.

    Stunning images.

  3. Very real,I love Kenya. So far I need to know more about giriama beach.

  4. Chale island Galu beach and wasini should be on this list.

  5. nice post.i’ve learn something from it

  6. wow!cool pics love it

  7. Great round up of beaches, now we need some recommendations of where to stay as well

  8. is an amazing beaches.. highly delighted journey of Kenya ..thanks for sharing

  9. oh my God.. its really great .. want to visit at there.. thanks for sharing

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