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8 Beautiful Beaches Closest To Nairobi

  03 October 2018       Tripindigo       5 min read

Kenya is home to some of the most famous and popular beaches in Africa and many of them are located in the coastal area of the country. If you ask Nairobians where they go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, they’ll probably mention the beautiful towns on the Kenyan coast. 

There are stunning beaches for a relaxing getaway within an hour flight of Nairobi or a few hours road trip. If you’ll like to take the SGR train, they are about four hours away from the city of Nairobi. You could take a time out to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches on the coast; so why not grab your sunnies and flip flops for a day trip to the beautiful Kenyan beaches. 

Here are some of the beautiful beaches near Nairobi if you want to take your leisure a step further from the city:

1. Copacabana Beach, Mtwapa

It’s no news that an average Nairobian loves a good party, and Copacabana beach is an easy choice. Located a few kilometres in the north of Mombasa, the beach is a nice place to relax, soak up some sun and indulge in some water activities in the Indian Ocean as well as the endearing Mtwapa creek. The beach is quiet during the day but comes alive at night for that party vibe. 

2. Diani Beach

Regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, Diani beach is not to be missed. It’s also a popular beach in the south of Mombasa and it has quite the charm and appeal. The white sandy beach stretches along the Indian Ocean on Kenya’s coast featuring several beachfront getaways and luxury resorts. Here, you can indulge in a wide range of water activities such as snorkelling among colourful reefs, scuba diving, and kitesurfing. You’ll also find a wide range of restaurants and bars for delicious meals on the beach. 

Diani Beach

Diani Beach, Image Source: Dianibeach.com

3. Tiwi Beach

Tucked away in the quiet and slow paced Kwale County just a few kilometres outside Mombasa, this is where you need to be if what you’re looking for is an absolutely relaxed time. Tiwi Beach is perfect to visit if you want to enjoy a quiet and less crowded beach to relax and unwind. More about Tiwi.

Tiwi Beach

Tiwi Beach, Image Source: Travelmombasa.com

4. Nyali Beach

From Mombasa town, this beach is easily accessible especially by road. Nyali beach hosts a good line up of hotels and beach resorts for the enjoyment of visitors. Because of its proximity to Mombasa town, there are shopping complexes for visitors to buy goodies before they head to the beach. The white sands and palm trees make it quite scenic too.

Nyali Beach

Nyali Beach

5. Shanzu Beach

A few kilometres from Mombasa CBD in the upscale neighbourhood of Shanzu is where this beach is located. The beachfront is a sight to see, beautiful and pristine. The hotels along the beach are located quite close to each other and it’s also a party central for party goers as there are plenty of bars and relaxation spots.

Shanzu Beach

Shanzu Beach, Image Source: Travelmombasa.com

6. Bamburi Beach

Just 10km from Mombasa city centre lies Bamburi beach which is also home to Kenya’s largest public beach known as Pirates Beach. It is quite active and makes for a good beach choice to indulge in beach sports. Due to its public nature, it gets very busy and there’s plenty of activity from stalls selling all manner of art and coastal clothes to hosting the most beach parties on the coast.

Bamburi Beach

Bamburi Beach

7. Malindi Beach

For the visitor that likes a bit of thrill and adventure, this is just the place to be. Malindi beach is ideal for lovers of deep sea fishing, water sports as well as snorkelling. For the surfers, the north side of the beach is known to be ideal for surfing. There are also great restaurants along the beach to grab a bite as well as good hotels for accommodation. More about Malindi.

Malindi Beach

Malindi Beach

8. Lamu Beach

Located about an hour flight from Nairobi, the island of Lamu is such a disarming charm all by itself. Add to that two miles of pristine white sands, blue skies and accompanying clear waters that make up the Lamu Beach. You are presented with such a laid-back charming environment away from the hustle of the city.

Kizingoni Lamu Beach

Kizingoni Lamu Beach

Plan That Beach Day!

With all these lovely options, there is no excuse for Nairobians not to visit the beach this summer!!

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