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Where to Go on the Kenyan Coast

With expansive, pearly beaches that are practically deserted, warm, azure waters just begging to be swum in, the odd beach boy selling juicy coconuts, and traditional dhows sailing past in the background, it's not hard to see why the Kenyan coast has been enticing visitors for years on end. This is the perfect place to relax after a few days spent bumping along dirt tracks on safari, or to hone your kitesurfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving skills.
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Lamu, Kenya
Lamu, one of the most magical destinations in Kenya, isfamed for being the oldest and best-preserved example of a Swahili settlement in East Africa. The Old Town has been inhabited for over 700 years and is made particularly beautiful by the...
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Kilifi, Kenya
It’s a two-hour drive from Mombasa along open roads that parallel the coast to reach Kilifi Creek, a giant estuary of cerulean blue that spills out into the Indian Ocean. As you cross the majestic Kilifi Bridge, you'll notice...
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Diani Beach, Kenya
Diani Beach is a 25km strip of pale, sugary sands backed by the cerulean Indian Ocean. As one of the more developed towns on the Kenyan coast, there’s a great variety of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops here. Also on offer are...
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Malindi, Kenya
Increasingly known as Kenya’s ‘Little Italy’ because of it’s large number of Italian residents, Malindi is the place to come on the Kenyan coast if you have a penchant for pizza, or are greedy for gelato. Aside from the range of excellent Italian...
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Watamu, Kenya
Nestled between pristine beaches and lushforest, the peaceful town of Watamu is ground zero for water sports in Kenya. One of Kenya’s most renowned kite-surfing schools, Tribe Watersports, is based here and offersthree–day courses to get you...
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Mombasa, Kenya
With its endless array of high-quality hotels and lodges, decent restaurants like Tamarind and beach bars galore, Mombasa is far and away the most developed spot on the Kenyan coast. Due to its energetic, busy feel, and the fact that it’s still a...