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Coastal Region

Coastal Region

The Kenyan coast is a place with a long and exotic history and differentiating at first glance from the rest of Kenya, with its distinctive Swahili culture derived from the Arabic influence on the coast. In the fourteenth century, intermarriage between Arabs, who traded spices and slaves, with local Bantu tribes gave rise to the Swahili people and the Swahili language as a language for trade.

A coast of tropical beaches with long stretches of sand, coral reefs and sheltered waters perfect for swimming, boating and water sports. Waterfront full mangrove forests are found along the river deltas. Of interest are the Mijikenda and Swahili cultures and numerous monuments and historical sites that are impregnated with the occupation by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century. The island of Mombasa Mombasa is the second largest city in the country

The city is warm and moist and has a relaxed atmosphere, with locals dressed in traditional costumes moving as slowly as possible in the scorching heat. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture, clothing and food. The city has the most vibrant nightlife in the country.

Lamu: This is the oldest city in Kenya. It is located on the island of Lamu to 265 km north of Mombasa. 95% of the inhabitants are Muslim and are likely to hear Arabic / Kiswahili. XII century, Lamu is the only stronghold left alive of Swahili in East Africa. There is a museum.

Malindi: City 100 km north of Mombasa on the coast coralinea, with plenty of protected coral reefs and beaches. There is a book with protected beaches and colorful fish.

Kilifi: This is the first town north of Mombasa, Malindi halfway. It has beautiful beaches and well preserved overlooking Kilifi Creek Mnarani its ruins are a point of interest.

Watamu: 20km south of Malindi is Watamu National Reserve. It has the best diving on the East Coast. South of Mombasa: There are several white sand beaches, for example, Shelly Beach, Tiwi Beach, Diani Beach and, among others.

Shimoni and Wasini Island: Shimoni is 80km south of Mombasa, near the border with Tanzania. The National Marine Park is out Kisite Wasini Island off Shimoni Peninsula. This is an area of ​​pristine beauty, unexplored. Other attractions are the caves of Shimoni, Shimba Hills National Reserve in south Mombasa and Arabuko Sokoke Forest north of Mombasa. The coast is simply irresistible, you must know this area. Coral reefs full of fish are a kaleidoscope of colors and like the Indian Ocean waters, blue as the sky, the scent of spices in the air, the freshest seafood, a deep history and rich culture. fully .. exotic. Arab and Portuguese forts, old towns, deserted ruins of Swahili, the southern beaches, the small coastal town of Kwale, the bustling docks of Mombasa, the ghostly ruins of Gedi, the tropical island of Lamu, where life is lived to its own pace, everything is a perfect mix. Average annual temperatures are 28 º c. The region is hot and humid. Storms are frequent. Mangroves and coconut trees grow along the banks and there are areas of tropical rainforest.

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