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Africa’s Most Beautiful Beaches To Visit This Summer

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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It’s common for the Caribbean and the Mediterranean to get all of the attention when it comes to idyllic, destination beaches, but the Indian Ocean and surrounding seas of Africa’s remarkable coast, have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Do yourself a favor and start tightening those summer travel budgets so you can experience these African paradises for yourself.

Bazaruto, Mozambique

In Bazaruto, palm trees dangle into the turquoise water like an image from a postcard.  The idyllic tropical island beaches seem to stretch along the coastline forever. The area is also known for its impressive diving scene that offers a glimpse into the colorful, frenzied underwater world of the Indian Ocean.

Mozambique | nicolasdecorte | Getty Images

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Diani Beach, Kenya

Diani Beach is one of Kenya’s most popular beaches. Until recently, the area has been a well-kept secret among international vacationers who have flocked to the coast since the 1970s. Today, the area is full of luxury hotels, pristine beaches, and a trendy restaurant and bar scene that continues to grow each season.

Kenya | Harshil Gudka | Unsplash

Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

The island of Zanzibar is full of breathtaking beaches. Located on the north side of the island, Nungwi was once a simple fishing village and has grown in recent years into a popular vacation destination. Head to the beach at sunset and be sure to grab your camera to catch the stunning scene of the sun floating over the horizon and the sea dotted with dhows, a type of ship typical in the region.

Tanzania | Humphrey Muleba | Unplash

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Anse Soleil, Mahe, Seychelles

Where the jungle meets the sea, Anse Soleil is a peaceful, quiet beach located in the southwest of Mahe where the scenery will take your breath away. Swimmers should be careful, as the water can be quite deep here, especially at high tide, and there is a deep drop-off not far from the shore.

Seychelles | Maksim Shutov | Unsplash

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Known as Egypt’s resort capital, Sharm el-Sheikh is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From crystal, blue waters to unforgettable diving in the Red Sea, you can find wide stretches of beaches along the coast that fulfill the needs of adventure seekers and those needing relaxation under the African sun.

Egypt | brytta | Getty Images
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