Mtwapa is 15km north of Mombasa.
Mtwapa is a dusty town 15 km north of Mombasa and would not be worth the tourist mention, if not so many Europeans would settle there. The absence of modern public transport connections (tram, metro) in combination with the chaotic traffic in Mombasa center leads to the development of urban suburbs to new centers, e.g. in recent years, "Nyali". People move out of Mombasa center and try to do housing and business in the new highly developed suburbs. The trend continues to the north and has now reached "Mtwapa".
Mtwapa is a terminal station of Matatus from Mombasa center (costs 70 ksh, 2014). You can enter the Matatus on every station on the main road conecting the two places. By Taxi you have to calculate about 70 ksh/km. Also Minibusses go from Main Post Office Mombasa to Mtwapa village center for about 50 ksh.
Within the village most people use motorbike taxis. Price is acording to distance (ca. 25 ksh/km). The bicycle taxis are not operating anymore.
Interesting is the Creek, which is used as a starting point for deep sea fishing tours. The Creek is a bay with tropical flora and fauna. Some good restaurants offer well-known seafood dishes on their terraces overlooking the bay
Most visitors come to Mtwapa because of its unique night and day life. Its called the "village that never sleeps" and you find all kinds of "special entertainment". Beside this entertainment there are also nice beaches and beach hotels which are not so crowded and therefore perfect for relaxing.
There are many restaurants and fast foods. As the quality changes from season to season its impossible to give reliable recommendations. Its better to ask other tourists for their advice while you are there.
For precaution don't drink tap water and be carefull with ice cubes. Its always wise to follow the old british role for the tropics:"Peel it, cook it or forget it".
There are a huge number of hotels, pensions and private rooms for rent.