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Best Beach Vacations - Africa & the Middle East

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1Lamu Island, Coast Province, Kenya
Tropical Kenyan archipelago Lamu makes for a blissful beach escape. Cobalt waters lap against the dramatic, rolling, white sand dunes that hem the island. Wade in to the refreshing waters and explore astounding snorkeling opportunities through coral reef that surrounds diminutive Kiwayu Island.
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      Lamu Island
      Far from the distractions of modern life, remote Lamu basks in the Indian Ocean, a jewel of a romantic destination set in deep blue waters. Explore them at sunset on a dhow boat trip or by snorkeling with dolphins. White sand dunes roll to the island's edge, while coconut and mango plantations abound inland.
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2Camps Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Shaded spots go early at Cape Town's crowded Camps Bay, where locals picnic and play in the strong Atlantic waves. Look for the flagged bathing areas for safer swims for all the family. Festive cafes sit adjacent to the sands, which are dramatically set at the foot of the Twelve Apostles mountains.
3Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Beginner surfers flock to the wide swath of sun-kissed sands known as the Golden Mile, where the Indian Ocean washes against South Africa's eastern shores and the country's third-largest city. The Golden Mile stretches 3.5 miles and encompasses North Beach, the Bay of Plenty, Dairy Beach and Snake Park.
4Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region, Morocco
Couples and families stroll the undeveloped sands of Essaouira, skirting soccer players and kite surfers. The strong northeastern winds that sweep the palm-fringed playground make it an ideal beach for wind surfing. Most popular beach spots include Cape Sim, Sidi Kaouki and Mouley Bouzertoune.
5Sharm El Sheikh, South Sinai, Red Sea and Sinai, Egypt
Beckoning alluringly from the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, the clear, calm waters and dramatic reefs around Sharm el Sheikh offer spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving. Ras Mohammed National Park contains sensational Red Sea dive sites, considered some of the best in the world.
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      Sharm El Sheikh
      The dramatic coastline of Na'ama Bay on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula makes a stunning backdrop for a romantic escape. Enticing Sharm el Sheikh is crammed with activities perfect for two, whether you prefer peaceful beach interludes and luxurious resorts or hot nightlife, thrilling dives and camel trekking.
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6Malindi, Coast Province, Kenya
Actually more white than silver, lovely Silver Sands Beach is just south of Malindi town, and home to several luxury hotels. Snorkeling, diving, surfing and deep sea fishing (for marlin, shark and sailfish) are popular here. Further south lies Watamu Beach, part of Kenya's Watamu Marine National Park.
7Seychelles
This Indian Ocean group of 100+ islands is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, including the popular white powder of Beau Vallon on Mahe and Anse Lazio on Praslin. The stunning pink sands and boulders of Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue lead many to call it the most gorgeous beach on earth.
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      Seychelles
      This outstandingly romantic archipelago of 115 islands sits in the Indian Ocean just northeast of Madagascar. A marvelous abundance of intimate hotels and resorts may entice you to stay within, but the Seychellois beaches, rainforest and coral islands are sure to coax you out to explore together.
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