If it’s white sandy beaches and warm waters you’re after, Kenya’s got you covered. Of the half dozen or so world-class beach towns around the country, Watamu is the most outstanding. Part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, which is a protected area, Watamu is home to green and hawksbill turtles. With a largely untouched coastline, Watamu’s pristine conditions are great if you’re looking for a quiet beach where you can peacefully tan and swim in the ocean.
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Most people wouldn’t ordinarily associate Egypt with epic beaches. But in Sharm el-Sheikh, a city known for hosting large number of international peace conferences, Egypt has one of the region’s most spectacular beaches. With a climate classified as “hot desert”, Sharm el-Sheikh is also a great place for sunbathing and watersports, drawing large numbers of scuba diving enthusiasts each year.
Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
There’s a reason why Anse Source d’Argent is the world’s most photographed beach. Its gorgeously turquoise waters coupled with the jungle peering over the coastline and beyond have proved simply irresistible for many visitors to the area. The shallow, clear waters of Anse Source d’Argent mean you don’t need a snorkel to see some marine life swimming in the water. The beach gets quite crowded during the warmer months, so if you’re planning a visit it’s advisable to carefully consider off-peak times.