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Best beach holiday locations – Sugar Beach, Mauritius

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While there are scores of gorgeous beaches in Africa –  and among the nearby islands of the Indian Ocean – all offering their own charm and beauty, there are a few singularly beautiful beaches that are truly spectacular and exceed one's every expectation for the ultimate beach holiday.

We feature a choice of the best beaches in Africa and the Indian Ocean, from secluded stretches of sand framed by ancient wind and sea carved rocks lapped by turquoise water to gorgeous white-sand beaches with every amenity close to hand.

Discover also in-depth information about the nearest resorts, things to do and see, the best time of year to visit and how to get to each beach location.

 
Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue Island

Anse Source d’Argent – La Digue Island, Seychelles


This stunning beach flows from one hidden cove to another; its pink crescents of soft sand separated from each other by gigantic sculpted pink and rust-coloured granite boulders that are famous for their unusual curves eroded by time and weather.
    Swim through warm, luminescent waters of greens and pastel blues. Sheltered by a reef, the beach is ideal for snorkeling, sun bathing and horseback riding. Arguably the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles and ironically often empty.
  Read more about Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island and the Seychelles. . .


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Anse Lazio Beach

Anse Lazio – Praslin Island, Seychelles


This is the most beautiful beach on Praslin Isle and also one of the most popular in the Seychelles, located in Bay Chevalier on the north-west corner of Praslin Isle.
   This photogenic beach is a perfect crescent of soft, fine-grained white sand, fringed by stands of Takamaka and palm trees that extend past huge rounded granite boulders into the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
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Ile aux Cerfs Beach, Mauritius

Ile aux Cerfs Beach – Mauritius


Encircled with gorgeous, palm-fringed, sugar-white beaches, as well as clear turquoise waters and in-shore reefs that teem with colourful tropical fish, the small island of Ile aux Cerfs (Deer Island) is one of the most beautiful beach locations in Mauritius.
   Located just a short boat ride away from the small fishing village of Trou d'Eau Douce off the east coast of Mauritius, the beach offers full service facilities including a restaurant, bar and shops housed in pretty thatched-roof kiosks.
  Swim, snorkel or enjoy one of several water sport activities, such as parasailing, kite surfing and windsurfing. Discover waterfalls on a walk through dense forest or tee off from the 18-hole championship golf course.
   More about Ile aux Cerfs Beach and the island of Mauritius . . .


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Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach – Zanzibar


Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this 1.5km-long, palm-fringed white-sand beach that stretches around the northern tip of the island.
   Go swimming, snorkelling and diving in the warm reef-protected waters of the lagoon, looking out for turtles, dolphins and numerous species of rainbow-hued reef fish.
   Facilities including sun loungers, shade huts, toilets, bars, restaurants, beach volleyball and soccer courts are found only around the resorts. Water sports include kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sailing, dhow cruises, waterskiing, windsurfing and kite surfing.
  Read more about Nungwi Beach and the island of Zanzibar . . .


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Diani Beach, Mombasa

Diani Beach – Mombasa


With its swaying palm trees, pristine soft sand, glittering clear waters and a range of upmarket, family friendly resorts dotted along its length, Diani Beach has cemented its reputation as one of Kenya’s premier beach resorts. The 8km-long stretch of shimmering white sand is located 35km south of Mombasa.
   A full range of facilities is provided by each of the several beachside resorts. Water sports include snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing and game fishing. The beach lies at the centre of an uninterrupted, 20km-long section of beachfront, with easy access to several offshore islands and coral reefs.
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Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town

Camps Bay Beach – Cape Town


Unwind on Cape Town’s most exclusive beach, an 80m-wide, 750m-long white-sand beach that shelves into a picturesque bay framed by wave-lashed rocky headlands.
   Pick your own spot to sunbathe, join a game of Frisbee or volleyball and people-watch the ‘beautiful people’ who flock to the beach ‘to see and be seen’. Cool off in the tidal pool or with a cold drink at one of the popular bars and restaurants that line the beachfront road, or brave the cold waters and go swimming, surfing and windsurfing.
  Read more about Camps Bay Beach and Cape Town . . .


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