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The beaches of Kenya have long enjoyed an enviable reputation for providing visitors with a piece of exclusive untouched and exotic paradise. Due to easier access via cheaper air fares, this has changed somewhat with the coastlines to the north and south of Mombasa being highly developed, but it is still possible to find secluded enclaves. Since the 1980’s, in order to avoid the over commercialisation of the area, there has been a constant policy of development and improvement in the standard of beach properties, resulting in there now being some very exclusive and hidden lodges dotted discreetly along the coast.
The South Coast
Stretching approximately 60 miles out to the Tanzanian border, this coastline offers some of the most spectacular beaches on the continent. The most famous of its beaches being Diani, a truly awe-inspiring stretch of white powder beach which has steadily become more and more popular and developed. Beyond Diani is Shimba, possibly the best base point for fishing and diving on the Kenyan coast.
The Coast to the North
Running up to Malindi and then undeveloped until the Somali border, the northern coast is ideal for those looking for total seclusion. The region around Malindi and Watamu is stunningly beautiful with many small villas and lodges offering peace, tranquillity and unrivalled escapism.
The Islands off the Kenya Coastline
Spanning from the south to the far north and ranging from the sand spit formations and protected lagoons of the north, to the inland waterways of Lamu and the mangrove estuaries of the south. All of the islands have superb beaches with miles upon miles along which to wander.