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Mombasa Beach

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Mombasa Beach

can anyone advise me as to whether north or south, enjoy snorkelling, gift shops and getting out and about.

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I prefer the north coast. It's only half an hour transfer time (outside of rush hour) without the hassle of the Likoni ferry crossing. It's then a shorter journey if you are going on a road safari up to Tsavo or want to visit Mombasa. There's plenty of restaurants, coffee ships, banks and shops in the new shopping malls around Nyali. Also easy access to Haller Park, Jumba ruins, Bombolulu Cultural Centre, water park, Akamba Woodcarvers Co-op etc. The bonus of the south coast is the beautiful beach with its white talcum powder sand and crystal clear turquoise ocean but you could always go for the day and have the best of both.

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north coast of course. it is the best with modern facilities and all kinds of environment you want

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I prefer South, beach is great for snorkelling. MBA town is dusty, crowded if you go at wrong time.

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South coast is nicer than the north unless you go up as far as Kilifi/Watamu area. Beaches are far better. the north is much more developed.

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Mombasa is good for shopping malls, Swahili cultural visits to the older part of town. The Southern part is good for its beaches, tranquility and the snorkeling.

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Basically depends what you want

the North Coast (Bamburi Beach, Nyali, etc) transfer from airport is easier and quicker, access to Mombasa Town is easier, there are more things to do, and a much wider choice of restaurants, clubs, bars, etc. historically these hotels were much busier than the South Coast hotels, a major restricting factor was the fact that the South Coast is accessed by ferries, which in the past could add significantly to transfer time and used to suffer regular incidents. Now the new ferries have been in service for some time and the coxswains have learned how to sail them, traffic hold ups are much less frequent and incidents are much rarer.

South Coast (Diani, etc) has better beaches, is less developed, many hotels are smaller and were cheaper (because of low occupancy) than the North Coast ones, it now appears that English travel companies are dropping the North Coast hotels which have become too expensive for them (some are now in their Premium brochures) and are including the South Coast hotels in their brochures instead. North Coast hotels are now very quiet for long periods and English tourists seem to be in a minority

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