The Kenyan coast has a very strong source of identity; It not only attracts your attention for its attractiveness, but also for the various natural features, buildings and cultural presentations and sounds that are offered there. There are several attractions on the coasts of Kenya that one cannot miss while visiting this place, such as; the sandy beaches, the turquoise blue Indian Ocean, the beautiful hotels and delicacies that enchant visitors with their impressive smell, color and presentation.
The Kenyan coast is made up of several beautiful cities. The best known and most visited of them is the Mombasa district, which happens to be the second largest city in Kenya; it is a colorful city that contains a beautiful mix of ancient and modern structures. Another amazing Kenyan coastal district is Malindi, which is known worldwide as a historically rich city; It contains the history of the East African coast from the 15th century. The city of Malindi is surrounded by several beaches that offer that cool and relaxing breeze and fresh ocean air and its breathtaking sunrise and sunset. Further south of the Kenyan coast is the town of Watamu, which boasts endless colorful stretches of white sand beaches. Watamu is the place to find well-established African resorts, as well as many private guesthouses dotted along the quiet shores.
The famous Diani beach is located along the southern coast; It has a wide range of restaurants and resorts with varieties ranging from small boutique properties to large family hotels. The quiet environment allows the visitor to participate in various water sports such as; windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, water skiing and scuba diving.
Places to visit
While there are certain regions and experiences on the coast that one must visit and try, these include:
Meal – one should not leave without trying the exciting cuisines that are prepared in the local restaurants. The types of cuisines served take into consideration the diversity of tourists visiting these areas. World famous Swahili cuisine is also served and prepared in traditional African cooking styles. Some of the Swahili delicacies that are served include; Pilau and Biriani dishes. Some of the other cuisines served in the dining room include Italian, Japanese, Indian, Continental, and many more.
Strong jesus – This fort was built in 1593 and is located on the edge of a coral ridge that dominates the entrance to the old port of Mombasa. The museum inside contains the finds from archaeological excavations along the coast and has a great display of history and culture.
Old Town This is the only place in Mombasa city that takes you back to ancient times. Ancient buildings, exquisite artistic designs and curiosities popularly known as Kenyan souvenirs characterize the city. The city was built by the Arabs who greatly influenced the way of life in the city.
Gedi Ruins – It is a small town that was made basically with rocks and stones. It is located in Gedi along the Watamu highway.
Vasco da Gamma Pillar – This pillar is one of the oldest monuments in Africa that was built in 1498 by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gamma as a token of appreciation for the welcome given by the Sultan of Malindi.
Shimba Hill National Reserve – At the Shimba Hill Game Reserve, one experiences the raw taste of the vast Kenyan coastline. The game reserve is a tropical jungle off the Kenyan coast that is cool and refreshing with scattered magical waterfalls; far away from the heat and humidity of the rest of the Kenyan coast.
Others – Haller Park, Mamba Village, Mombasa Fangs, Mombasa Marine Park, Hindu Temples, Mnarani Ruins are among other places that offer great experience and landscapes to visitors.