Coast Province

Coast Province
Coast Province
—  Province  —
Location in Kenya.
Coordinates: 3°0′S 39°30′E / 3°S 39.5°E / -3; 39.5Coordinates: 3°0′S 39°30′E / 3°S 39.5°E / -3; 39.5
Country  Kenya
No. of districts: 13
Capital Mombasa
 – Total 83,603 km2 (32,279.3 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 – Total 2,487,264
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
The capital of the Coast Province of Kenya, along the Indian Ocean, is Mombasa (click to enlarge map).

Coast Province of Kenya, along the Indian Ocean, is one of Kenya's seven administrative provinces outside Nairobi. It comprises the Indian Ocean coastal strip with the capital city at Mombasa and is inhabited by the Mijikenda and Swahili, among others. The province covers an area of 83,603 km² and has a population of 2,487,264 inhabitants (1999 census).

Other important towns on the coastal strip include Diani in the South, and Kilifi, Malindi, Watamu and Lamu in the North.

Diani Beach is now also a tourist center, with palm trees and the white sandy beaches like Mombasa.

Malindi is where Vasco da Gama picked up his pilot to navigate with the monsoon winds to India; Mambrui appears to be the site where contact occurred with the Chinese during the era of the Yongle Emperor and the expeditions of Zheng He.[1]

Watamu is a small fishing community and East Africa's first Marine National Park.

Mwandimu is a settlement in the south of the province.



The climate is tropical humid.


District Capital
Kilifi Kilifi
Kwale Kwale
Lamu Lamu
Malindi Malindi
Mombasa Mombasa
Taita-Taveta Wundanyi
Tana River Hola

Districts after 2007

Several new district have been created created since in 2007 in Kenya, including several in Coast Province [2]:

District Capital
Bura Bura
Kaloleni Kizurini
Kilifi Kilifi
Kilindini Dongo Kundu
Kinango Kinango
Kwale Kwale
Lamu East Kizingitini
Lamu West Lamu
Malindi Malindi
Mombasa Mombasa
Msambweni Msambweni
Taita Wundanyi
Tana Delta Minijila
Tana River Hola
Taveta Taveta


  1. ^ "Could a rusty coin re-write Chinese-African history?". BBC News. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  2. ^ Coast Province Province from Kenya's Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and National Security

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