As one of the most diverse continents on the planet, Africa certainly holds its own when it comes to picturesque beaches. Here are some of ones that pop up along its 16000 miles of coastline we think you should see.
Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
Anse Source d’Argent is one of the most photographed beaches in the entire world, and one glimpse of it will show you why. Exceptionally clean, white sand surrounded by granite cliffs that jut into a clear, blue ocean are just some of the draws of this popular tourist spot. It does get a bit crowded during the day, so the best time to walk along the shores is early in the morning or late at night. The sun setting on the horizon is a view you’re not likely to forget.
This archipelago is home to some of the clearest waters in Africa. The island itself is a diverse environment full of sand dunes, limestone rocks and an ever-expanding sandy coastline. Heavy rainfall throughout December to March has created numerous lakes and swamps throughout the island, so there’s always something new to check out.
Coffee Bay, Wild Coast, South Africa
One of the most widely-loved beaches on the African coast, Coffee Bay is lined by a beautiful coastal forest. Don’t let the name fool you. You won’t find much in the way of coffee here, but you will find many rustic bars and lodges, and a plethora of daytime activities from hiking to scuba diving.
Chaves Beach, Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Chaves Beach on the Cape Verde islands is probably exactly what most people envision when they think of the words “tropical paradise.” The islands are 350 miles off of the African coast and boast unspoiled beaches with sand dunes and azure waters.
Diani Beach, Kenya
If you’re looking for a beach that will provide endless opportunities for exploration and adventure, look no further than Diani Beach. This resort town off the Indian Ocean is a favorite for its sparkling blue waters, lush greenery and dozens of nearby safari adventures. Take a camel ride along the Kenyan coast, explore the local villages by bike, or simply relax on the white sands and watch the waves roll in.
Langano Beach, Ethiopia
You may not think of Ethiopia as an ideal spot for a beach vacation because of it’s, well, landlocked. But you’d be wrong: it does have plenty of sandy lakes. Langano Beach is the place to go here. In addition to spectacular and picturesque views, there’s a good chance you’ll come face-to-face with some local wildlife—including baboons and surf-loving hippos.
Legzira Beach, Morocco
A bit different from most African beaches in terms of landscape and appeal, Legzira Beach is known for its natural rock archways. Because of the hilly topography, it is a popular place for many water-based wind sports like hang gliding.