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Mother Africa is the home to 38 coastal countries that hold many of the finest beach and island destinations in the world. Each beach and island of the continent has its own set of rich heritage and cultures, natural landscapes, and tourist attractions. Many tourists come to Africa solely to see the game reserves and wildlife. However, her magnificent beaches and islands require equal attention and are well worth the trip.

Keep in mind that this list barely scratches the surface as it is difficult to narrow down the finest beach and island destinations in the region. However, we believe the ones featured here are the most fascinating.

Are you ready to unwind? Here are 6 of the finest beach destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa for your next getaway.


Watamu Beach, Kenya

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If you’re seeking to unwind on the finest beaches in Sub-Saharan Africa, you should visit Watamu Beach at least once. Kenya is well-known for having the top tourism spots in East Africa. The coastline is full of gorgeous attractions, but none captures its attraction quite like Watamu. The marine life is lively, and there are some lovely reptile species to warm your heart. The white-sand beach here stretches for about 7 kilometres and is surrounded by mangroves, woodlands, and an untouched fishing village. Snorkelling and diving are just a few of the exciting activities available at Watamu Beach. And if you’re wondering why tourists across the globe flock here, it’s because the beach is the main breeding habitat for Green Turtles.

If you are on a romantic or peaceful getaway to Watamu Beach, you should check out the Aquarius Beach Resort. The accommodation is in Swahili style, spacious and luxuriously fitted. It also features a tropical floral garden with coconut palms and a furnished porch where you can enjoy the balmy and soothing atmosphere.


Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

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Bazaruto Archipelago has some of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen. It features a breathtaking seascape with a series of five beautiful islands off Vilanculos’ shore. The island’s water is warm and turquoise blue, making it incredible for a superb diving and snorkelling experience. And you can easily reach the island by taking a boat or a small plane, whichever you prefer.

Moreover, its white sand beaches are surrounded by swaying palms and towering dunes, offering an idyllic tropical island getaway. Above the water, there are a host of eco-friendly accommodations that suit the beach’s wild waves.


Nungwi Beach, Tanzania

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Nungwi Beach is a stunning white-sand and palm-tree-meets-emerald-ocean beauty on Zanzibar’s northern coast. This island beach is ideal for those looking for a relaxing vacation. It began as a small fishing village and dhow-building centre but has now grown to become a popular tourist resort.

As a tourist, you will have the opportunity to experience the daily lives of fishermen who risk the waves to make a living. The beach is full of attractions, including tortoises and many fish species. It is also considered to be an excellent spot for divers, snorkelers and photographers who wish to capture detailed stories of the beach.


Assinie Beach, Ivory Coast

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Assinie Beach is a sandy beach with palm trees and colourful structures. It’s about 80 kilometres east of Abidjan, on the Gulf of Guinea’s coastline. Assinie Beach is well-known for its clean air, peaceful atmosphere, and excellent tidiness across the region. The beach offers a highly rich seabed that motivated divers can explore for a fast dive or snorkelling. In the evening, you can light a bonfire or simply listen to the acoustic music being played in the nearby cafeterias. The beach is rich with many fish species and gorgeous greenery. Moreover, tourists can enjoy local foods and fruits, soft beverages, and souvenirs while there.

Hotel Cocograndnut is our favourite spot to stay near this beach. It has a private beach and water sports facilities. Among the various facilities of this property are an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace to privately unwind.


Trou-aux-Biches, Mauritius

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Mauritius is another Indian Ocean archipelago with numerous beachfront relaxation activities. It is blessed with a variety of white-sand beaches set against a stunning blue sea. And when it comes to the best beach destinations in Mauritius, the west is the way to go. Trou-aux-Biches is one of the country’s best beaches, and it’s located on the main island near the same-named small town. The sand on the beach is powdery white, and the water is calm and family-friendly. Jet skiing and kayaking are just a few of the watersport activities offered to keep kids and adults entertained. You can also enjoy the cuisines served at the beachside restaurants, which reflect Mauritius’ multicultural heritage.

There are various lodging alternatives around this beach, including the Coral Azur Beach Resort. From this resort, you can easily access the lovely golden sand beach area with filao trees surrounding it. The resort also provides a variety of recreational and sporting activities as well as entertainment for both children and adults.


Beaches In Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town is one of South Africa’s capitals, and it’s no secret that it boasts some of the world’s best beaches. If you’re looking to unwind to the fullest, the best beaches in Cape Town will tick all the boxes. People come here for the lively beachside bars, world-class restaurants, private coves, safe swimming areas, and a romantic place for a sunset picnic. Here are a few beaches you might want to check out the next time you’re in the area.

CampsBay – It’s the most popular beach in Cape Town featuring a palm-lined strip of the most fashionable bars, cafes and restaurants.

Blouberg – This beach has one of the best views of Table Mountain and is a top kitesurfing spot in the world.

Boulders Beach – It’s a soft-sand beach where a big colony of endangered African penguins can be found.



Africa in general features a lovely mix of distinct cultures, wildlife, nature, and breathtaking scenery that attracts visitors from across the world. Added to that mix are the beautiful beaches to give you the most incredible trip ever. So what are you waiting for? Mother Africa is calling! Book a vacation to Sub-Saharan Africa and relax on one of these beautiful beaches. Visit to get started.

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