Africa is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. The continent boasts 18,950 miles of coastline dispersed across 54 nations.
Overall, 38 nations in Africa stake a claim to a coastline. These alluring coastlines are uniquely diverse and perfect for romantic getaways, family vacations, or checking off a dive on a bucket list.
Highlighting some of the natural treasures of the continent, here are 10 beaches in Africa you need to know.
Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles
Anse Source D’Argent, on the sleepy island of La Digue, is located on the southwest coast of Seychelles.
While there are beautiful beaches all over the archipelago, Anse Source D’Argent is among the most breathtaking. Numerous honors and well-known travel publications have bestowed this title upon it. Anse Source d’Argent is also often referred to as the world’s most photographed beach.
The beach also has ideal swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling conditions.
Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Camps Bay is both the name of the small bay on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula and an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa ‘Afrikaans: Kampsbaai’. It draws a lot of South African and international tourists during the summer.
This palm tree-bordered beach, which is renowned for its lovely white sand and superb views of the ocean, and the mountains of Lion’s Head, has established itself as the ideal location for exciting group activities or romantic strolls on its typically warm summer evenings.
The suburb’s charming white sand beaches and strategic location between the Azure Atlantic and the Twelve Apostles mountain range have also made it famous in modern times. There are gourmet beachfront restaurants and 5-star boutique hotels, making it a favorite hangout for celebrities and the ultra-stylish.
Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
On Zanzibar’s main island Unguja, Nungwi is the second-largest settlement after Stone Town.
Nungwi, once a center for dhow construction, balances tradition and modernity. Due to its equatorial location, the island of Zanzibar experiences warm sunny weather most of the time; although, it is best to keep an eye out for storms and the occasional rain before a trip.
Additionally, due to its ideal location on the Main Island, exquisite beauty, activities, and lodging for all budgets, Nungwi is a popular destination for tourists.
Santa Margarida is a village in the Mé-Zóchi District of São Tomé and Principe, located in the mid-north of São Tomé Island.
The beach stretches from Salatar to the entrance of the residential marina in Santa Margarita. It is a 550-meter-long, wide beach with fine, golden sand, shallow and clear water.
This beach area is a significant tourist destination and includes a marina with more than 15 km of navigable waterways, as well as a wide variety of dining and entertainment options, shops, and vibrant nightlife.
Plage d’Agadir, Morocco
Plage d’Agadir is located 2.3 kilometers from the region’s center, the city of Agadir, and is ranked second out of 10 beaches in the Souss-Massa region. It is one of the Agadir settlement’s beaches, located just 2.3 km from the city’s core. The beach is situated in a city.
This beach enjoys a lot of popularity because of its reputation, especially during the summer. However, because of its length, it is rarely overly congested.
It extends from the marina to the Cité Founty seaside neighborhood. Additionally, there are numerous hotels and eateries that surround this beach. It is well-protected from the wind, has calm waters, and is perfect for young children. The water at Plage d’Agadir is cooler than other beaches.
Trou aux Biches, Mauritius
On the island of Mauritius’ northern coast in the Pamplemousses district is a small settlement called Trou-aux-Biches, which has a public beach – one of the most gorgeous on the island, according to the World Travel Organization.
At the 2011 World Travel Awards, Trou aux Biches was recognized as the World’s Leading Beach Destination.
The Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa is one of many tourist resorts and boutique hotels located close to the beach. The M2 highway travels in that direction from Port Louis; the beach is located about a mile west of where the M2 ends. A public bus links the town to the airport.
Lamu Archipelago, Kenya Coast
In the Indian Ocean, close to Kenya’s northern coast, is the Lamu Archipelago. The islands are close to the Coast Province, situated between the towns of Lamu and Kiunga.
Lamu has the best beach in Kenya, a vibrant African-Arabic coastal tradition, and a top-notch selection of homes and villas. It is trendy, and bohemian, but very much an old Swahili archipelago.
Along with the typical beach vacation activities, visitors can sail down the Kenyan coast in traditional dhows, go dolphin watching, visit Lamu Town – a World Heritage Site, and go on historical tours of museums, excavation sites, and ancient sites.
For those seeking to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle, Lamu Island offers white beaches, fantastic food, friendly locals, and a variety of lodging options.
Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
Sand beaches, coral reefs, and numerous opportunities for fishing and surfing are among the Southern African region’s tourist attractions. The meaning of the name Bazaruto is “island of the mist.”
In 1971, the Bazaruto Archipelago was designated a national park. The picturesque islands of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago are well-known for their pristine beauty and varied ecologies. Along with whales and dolphins, the pristine coral reefs are home to more than 2000 different fish species.
Naama Bay, Egypt
Naama Bay, which is known for its cafes, restaurants, hotels, and bazaars, is a natural bay in the Sharm El Sheikh resort and is regarded as the city’s main tourist attraction.
Swimming, surfing, kayaking, and other activities are available for visitors to enjoy at the beach. There are numerous exotic coral reefs to see, and it is also excellent for diving.
A guarantee for memorable vacations and trips is the pleasant climate, which includes year-round sunshine, clear skies, and summertime highs of around 35 degrees Celsius.
Île Sainte-Marie, Madagascar
The island of Sainte Marie is a favorite Madagascan tourist destination. It has a higher standard of living compared to the rest of the Red Island, which makes the atmosphere quite different.
It is a tiny island full of historical mysteries, due to its past as a pirate island and natural wonders like white sand beaches, natural pools, and coral reefs. Tourists who visit Sainte-Marie are immediately sucked into a dream they don’t want to leave.