Zanzibar. Whisper the word and I promise it will set sand between your toes. Go ahead. Give it a try. Close your eyes, say Zanzibar, see what emerges. For me, first I smell spices. Then a gentle, onshore breeze guides me further towards the Indian Ocean where I begin to hear lapping waves until my feet reach a powdery beach. Finally, bathtub-warm water wraps around my ankles and an agreeable tidal tug invites me to swim, to jump in.
Are you ready to jump into Zanzibar? We are.
When planning to visit one of the single most beautiful islands on the planet, we understand that you want to plan it right. But where do you start? Where do you stay? There are innumerable hotels and different sides to the island, so how do you begin?
In truth, Zanzibar acts much like its own little world. It’s the largest island in an archipelago 23 miles off the Tanzanian coastline. The grouping is a constellation of islands with a dramatic history of colonialism, independence, and foreign influence. And beaches.
Think Like a Compass.
Sound good? Okay, let’s jump in.