This past Christmas was our second Kenyan Beach Christmas and it was a good one. We drove down, which was fine but we wouldn’t do it again. We did a lot of diving with Aqua Ventures, which was great. We stayed at a lovely house, which we would do again.
It was really nice to have the space, not to mention the access to the beach and privacy that the house provided. We had a cook, which made things so much easier. We could get up, have breakfast made for us, go diving, and be back for lunch. Then we relaxed the rest of the day. The featured image for this post is from our private, little, shaded beach lookout point.
Our cook, David, got whatever we needed (mostly fresh fish and vegetables). We did a little bit of shopping at Blue Marmalade, a local grocery store that has most of what you’d want. (We drove down with our own alcohol.) We ate in mostly but did go out for a couple meals. Christmas Dinner was at Tamu, a relatively new Italian place, which was really nice. Boxing Day Dinner was at Medina Palms, which was superb!
We skipped eating at the Crab Shack as we learned that:
- They don’t always have crab.
- They are not eco-friendly and, in fact, tore down a lot of mangrove to build out their restaurant.
- Of all the businesses in Watamu, Crab Shack is the only one that does not give back to the community.
We didn’t feel the need to support it. There are plenty of other places in Watamu that are great and support the community.
Going back to the positive, another good thing about this trip was Non Solo, a gelato place. We went three or four times. We even bought a large container to take back to the house. No regrets with any of the indulgences from there!
Overall it was a lovely Christmas.