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Kenya has an idyllic coastline, with miles of soft white sand fringed by palm trees and giving way to aquamarine seas. Small fishing villages bask in the sun, nets hanging to dry on bleached sticks by huts tucked under cashew nut trees.

There are beaches backed by tall dunes where green turtles clamber up to nest, and the many offshore marine parks protect long coral reefs. A short distance from the coast there are a number of beautiful archipelagos, Lamu with its dhows and donkeys, Funzi with mangrove channels and sand banks and Kiwayu with its miles of deserted sand.

With temperatures averaging 82°F and an average eight hours of sunshine a day, it is easy to see why Kenya’s beaches have become so popular.

Accommodation of the Lamu archipelago

The Tana Delta has a remote river camp and there are some stylishly converted Swahili houses overlooking the creek at Watamu. The islands of the Lamu archipelago offer a variety of accommodation from converted Arabic houses in Lamu Town and Shela Village, to simple beach lodges made of reed and palms on Kipungani Beach and Manda Island.

Barefoot luxury

The Funzi Keys offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury with large chalets tucked into mangrove forests. With such a variety of hotels, whether you want a luxury hotel with every facility or a palm frond banda on a private island, Kenya will have something to suit you perfectly.

Finally, certain parts of Kenya’s coast are busy and best avoided — with Mombasa in particular having large hotels crammed together, countless curio stalls, kiosks and beach boys. However, we have traveled the length of the coast to find quiet spots and small boutique hotels.

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Places to visit in Kenya's Coastline

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Kenya's Coastline, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Kenya's Coastline

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Kenya's Coastline, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Kenya's Coastline

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    Places in and around Kenya's Coastline

    Accommodation choices for Kenya's Coastline

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kenya's Coastline. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hemingways Hotel, Watamu

      Hemingways Hotel

      First Class

      Hemingways is an intimate, privately owned hotel built right at the edge of the beach, which is sandy and good for snorkeling at certain times of year.

    • Medina Palms, Watamu

      Medina Palms

      First Class

      Medina Palms offers high standards and excellent facilities, on a superb beach. It is the only property of its kind in Watamu and somewhere we warmly recommend.

    • Msambweni Beach House, Msambweni

      Msambweni Beach House


      Msambweni House is an exclusive private house and villa located on an unspoilt coastline surrounded by natural land and beach.

    • Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa, Diani Beach

      Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa


      Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa is a small and simple but friendly hotel located on Galu Beach about 40 km (25 miles) south of Mombasa.

    • Diani Beach, Kenya

      WaterLovers Beach Resort


      This stunning beach stretches for over 25 km and is framed by crystal waters and overhanging coconut palms. The beautiful lodge is located along the edge of Diani Beach.

    • Cottage 3 at Kinondo Kwetu

      Kinondo Kwetu

      First Class

      Kinondo Kwetu is located about 15 minutes from Diani Beach. There are two swimming pools and a spa at the lodge, and numerous activities can be organized locally.

    • Almanara Resort, Diani Beach


      First Class

      Almanara is a collection of villas built around a swimming pool at Diani, one of Kenya's most beautiful beaches.

    • The Sands at Nomad, Diani Beach

      The Sands at Nomad

      First Class

      The Sands at Nomad is a luxury boutique hotel on Diani Beach. Set amid indigenous tropical forest and overlooking the Indian Ocean.