Find out what the best beaches in Africa are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
Praslin Island, Seychelles
One of the Seychelles' most popular destinations, Praslin is home to fantastic beaches and intimate hotels and resorts. A paradise of ancient coral reefs, palm forests and rare birds, the second-largest island of the Seychelles is rich with coconut groves and soft white beaches. The living corals of the sparkling waters are home to hundreds of species of fish, making Praslin a snorkeler's and diver's dream.
Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Boa Vista has a mix of Portuguese, Brazilian and African cultural roots. Boa Vista means “good view” in Portuguese, and travelers can take this meaning literally. Boa Vista, in fact, has spectacular views of gorgeous turquoise waters. The powder-white sandy beaches are unspoiled, and some are off the beaten path. Boa Vista beaches also offer the best conditions for almost every water activity: kite surfing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, sailing, swimming and more! Boa Vista is a must for any wildlife watcher; it is known for its birdlife, marine turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.
About an hour south of Mombasa, the sparkling white sands and lush greenery of Diani invite you to relax under a beach umbrella with a refreshing drink. Try a camel ride for the tourist experience or book a bike tour inland for a glimpse of "the real Kenya" in local villages. Diani is also a base for several safari companies.
From daytime sunbathing to the evening blaze of bonfires, the beaches of Nungwi are always busy and always inspiring. Tourists and backpackers from all walks of life mingle here—luxury resort lovers, laid-back hippies, families with energetic kids. Enjoy a rejuvenating lemongrass massage, right on the beach, or splash in the electric turquoise waters. By night, snag a cocktail from a beach bar and sway to the beat of thumping bass.
Santa Maria, Cape Verde
Ivory beaches spill from the fishing city of Santa Maria into a sparkling sea. Intricate rock formations and shipwrecks seduce divers from all over the world. Above sea level, surfing, paddling, windsurfing and kite surfing keeps the beach bustling with activity.
Nosy Be, Madagascar
Known as the “Island of Perfumes” thanks to its population of fragrant ylang ylang trees, Nosy Be is a paradise of white sands and sunshine. Schools of candy-colored fish and intricate coral reefs are magnets for divers and snorkelers of all levels, while the near-perfect weather conditions beckon sailors and fishermen from all over the world. The waves here are fantastic, attracting world-class surfers and windsurfers who long to ride the crests of Madagascar’s finest surf.
Belle Mare offers miles of what may be the best powder-white beaches in Mauritius. The water is full of diverse fish, including tuna, marlin and mako shark, making deep-sea fishing especially popular in Belle Mare. Both guided fishing tours and private rental boats are available. For more sea adventures, try windsurfing and sailing. Travelers can also go inland for a family-friendly water park and a trek up Lion Mountain to take in the breathtaking beach views.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
There is much to do and see in the “Mother City.” It offers unrivaled seashores, scenic natural settings, impressive architecture and a booming nightlife. Cape Town caters to the fancy of all coastal admirers, with its popular, chic Atlantic Seaboard beaches and laid-back False Bay beaches. The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the top of Table Mountain provide sweeping sea vistas.
The three bays of Watamu make up part of Watamu Marine National Park, a sublime site for snorkeling and diving because of its diverse coral gardens and hundreds of species of fish. The silvery sand beaches are protected from major commercial developments, leaving them stunning and pristine.
Tunisia's first tourist town, Hammamet and its golden sand beaches are just an hour's drive from Tunis. Book a local tour to see the resort Yasmine Hammamet and the photogenic walled medina or venture into the desert for an overnight tour.