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The African continent boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with 18,950 miles of coastline spread across 54 countries. With so many breathtaking stretches of sand, it’s hard to choose which ones to visit. From Madagascar to South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, and Tanzania, here are the top 11 most captivating African Beaches.
Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
Bazaruto Island, located within the Bazaruto Archipelago Marine Park in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa. The warm and turquoise blue waters are surrounded by white sandy beaches, swaying palms, and towering dunes. The coral reefs around Bazaruto are excellent for snorkeling, and the island is accessible by boat or small plane. From low-cost guesthouses to the luxury andBeyond Benguera, there are a variety of lodging options.
Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Camps Bay Beach, with views of Lion’s Head and the 12 Apostles Peaks, is one of South Africa’s most popular beaches. Located about a 10-minute drive from downtown Cape Town, the white sand beach is ideal for sunbathing and playing beach volleyball. Although the water is too cold for most swimmers, a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean’s turquoise and emerald striped waters is refreshing. South Beach Camps Bay is our favorite place to stay on this beach, with its Miami-inspired studios, white-on-white decor, full kitchens, and private balconies.
Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania is a magical experience. The beaches, including Nungwi, are spectacular, and Zanzibar is culturally rich. Nungwi Beach, located at the northern tip of the island, is a beautiful white sand and palm tree meets emerald ocean spectacle. The beach is popular for sunbathing, swimming, and the snorkeling.
Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles
The Seychelles Islands, located off the east coast of Madagascar in the middle of the Indian Ocean, have long been a popular vacation destination for the rich and famous. Anse Source D’Argent on the island of La Digue is the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles. The jungle tumbles into huge granite boulders beyond a snow-white beach and a sea that appears to be unreal. Offshore from the beach, there is also excellent snorkeling.
Watamu Beach, Watamu, Kenya
Watamu Beach, located in Watamu, a small town on the coast of Kenya, is a stunning white sand beach. The warm and clear turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, and the beach is also ideal for sunbathing and relaxing. Turtle Bay Beach Club and Hemingways Watamu are two popular lodgings located on the beach.
Sidi Bou Said Beach, Tunis, Tunisia
Sidi Bou Said Beach, located in Tunis, Tunisia, is a beautiful white sand beach surrounded by the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and fantastic views of the village of Sidi Bou Said. The town is famous for its blue and white architecture, and a walk through its cobbled streets is a must-do when visiting Tunisia.
Naama Bay, Egypt
Naama Bay is the heart of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt’s most popular beach resort. The white sand beach meets the clear, calm blue waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, and in the distance, you can see Saudi Arabia’s craggy coastline. Naama Bay is a winter hotspot for Europeans seeking to escape the cold in their home countries. The area around Sharm El Sheikh is also well-known for its diving, with the coral reef surrounding Ras Muhammad National Park offering dives suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners.
Île St Marie, Madagascar
Madagascar is one of Africa’s most unique countries, home to animals and plants found nowhere else on the planet. Saint Marie is one of Madagascar’s most popular beach vacation destinations, located just off the coast of Eastern Madagascar. The island has sunny skies all year round and is a tropical paradise with long porcelain white sand beaches fringed by swaying palm trees and backed by clear turquoise water. Between July and September, humpback whales can be seen off the coast, and there is excellent diving among untouched coral gardens.
Sheila Beach, Lamu Island, Kenya
Lamu Island off the coast north of the port town of Mombasa has crystal-clear aquamarine and turquoise waters, white sand beaches, palm trees, and excellent snorkeling and diving. Sheila Beach is a beautiful beach in the laid-back town of Sheila Village. Time moves slowly here, and you can spend hours just watching the white sail dows pass by in front of you on the Indian Ocean. For a taste of culture, visit Lamu Town, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of Kenya’s oldest settlements dating back 700 years.
Agadir’s gold sand beach on the country’s southern Atlantic coast is the most famous beach in Morocco. The family-friendly beach in the resort town beyond it is especially popular in the winter with European visitors seeking to escape the cold in their home countries. The beach is divided into several sections, including two private sections called Palm Beach and Sunset Beach, which are only accessible to resort guests. If you’re traveling with children, consider staying at the Iberostar Founty Beach, which has a lot of kid-friendly activities and sits on a beautiful stretch of sand.
Coffee Bay, South Africa
Coffee Bay is another spectacular beach in South Africa, located on the rugged Wild Coast, which runs along the country’s Indian Ocean coastline in the Eastern Cape province. Green hills and cliffs meet a wide swath of golden sand, and the Indian Ocean’s deep blue waters here. The sea can be moody and rough here, and there are some good surf breaks nearby, but it’s not ideal for swimming. Still, when it comes to the moody wild beauty, Coffee Bay is the hard to beat, and this is an excellent beach for long walks. The town has only a few backpackers and guesthouses and retains a remote vibe that many visitors will enjoy.
Time to Wrap up:
In conclusion, the African continent boasts some of the most beautiful African beaches in the world, with breathtaking stretches of sand spread across 54 countries. From Mozambique to South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar, Kenya, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, and the Seychelles, Africa has a lot to offer for beach lovers. Visitors can enjoy activities such as sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and diving while taking in the scenic views. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious or budget-friendly beach vacation, Africa has something for everyone.
By Patricia Hart
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