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Soaking Up the Sun: Exploring Accra’s Best Beaches

Article by Petrina Darrah

Petrina Darrah

Posted: April 9, 2023

Accra, the capital of Ghana, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in West Africa. With its tropical climate and sandy shores, Accra attracts both locals and tourists who come to soak up the sun, swim, surf, and explore the vibrant culture and history of this bustling city. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best beaches in Accra and what makes each one unique.

Labadi Beach

Located just a few miles east of the city centre, Labadi Beach is one of the most popular and well-known beaches in Accra. With its wide, sandy shorelines and crystal-clear waters, Labadi Beach offers visitors a range of activities and attractions to enjoy. Beachgoers can play beach volleyball, watch live music performances, sample local food from vendors, and simply relax and soak up the sun.

Labadi Beach is also significant to Accra’s cultural heritage. Once known as La Pleasure Beach, it was a popular spot for Ghanaian highlife musicians in the 1950s and 60s, who would perform on the beach’s stage to crowds of locals and tourists alike. Today, Labadi Beach remains a hub of cultural activity, with frequent music and dance performances that showcase Ghana’s rich cultural traditions.

Kokrobite Beach

Located about 20 miles west of Accra, Kokrobite Beach is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. With its laid-back vibe, wide open spaces, and scenic surroundings, Kokrobite Beach offers visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a day of relaxation and fun.

One of the most popular activities at Kokrobite Beach is surfing. The beach is known for its consistent waves and warm water, making it a great spot for beginners and experienced surfers alike. Other activities at the beach include horseback riding, beachfront bars, and a range of seafood restaurants that serve up delicious local cuisine.

Kokrobite Beach is not just a popular tourist destination but also a hub for volunteering opportunities. GVI has a base at Kokrobite Beach, where volunteers from all over the world come to make a difference in local communities.

GVI’s base in Kokrobite Beach provides volunteers with the opportunity to get involved in a range of projects that benefit the local community. For instance, volunteers can work on education projects in local schools, where they assist with teaching and provide support to students. Volunteers can also work on environmental conservation projects, where they help with activities such as beach cleanups, mangrove restoration, and recycling initiatives.

In addition to volunteering, GVI’s base at Kokrobite Beach offers a range of educational and cultural activities that allow volunteers to immerse themselves in local life. For instance, volunteers can take part in traditional drumming and dance lessons, learn how to cook local dishes, and visit nearby villages to learn about local customs and traditions.

Bojo Beach

If you’re looking for a unique beach experience in Accra, Bojo Beach is the place to go. Located just a few miles west of Kokrobite Beach, Bojo Beach is a secluded, picturesque beach that sits at the mouth of a lagoon and surrounded by mangrove forests. The beach is accessible only by boat, which adds to its sense of seclusion and tranquillity.

One of the best ways to experience Bojo Beach is by taking a canoe ride along the lagoon. You’ll be able to see a variety of bird species, including kingfishers and herons, and take in the stunning views of the mangrove forests. After your canoe ride, head back to the beach for some fresh seafood at one of the many beachfront restaurants.

Laboma Beach

Located on the eastern side of Accra, Laboma Beach is a hidden gem that’s off the beaten path. Unlike some of the more popular beaches in the city, Laboma Beach is quiet and secluded, with very few tourists around. The beach is surrounded by a small fishing village, giving visitors a chance to experience local culture and traditions.

One of the most popular activities at Laboma Beach is snorkelling. The waters around the beach are teeming with colourful fish and other marine life, making it a great spot for snorkelling enthusiasts. Guided tours are available for those who want to learn more about the local marine ecosystem.

In conclusion, Accra’s beaches offer visitors a unique experience that showcases the beauty, culture, and history of this vibrant city. From the lively Labadi Beach to the tranquil Laboma Beach, each beach in Accra offers something different. Whether you’re looking to relax on the sand, surf the waves, or explore the local culture, Accra’s beaches are a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to Ghana. With so much to see and do, there’s no better time to start planning your next beach getaway to Accra.

By Petrina Darrah

Petrina Darrah is a freelance writer from New Zealand with a passion for outdoor adventure and sustainable travel. She has been writing about travel for more than five years and her work has appeared in print and digital publications including National Geographic Travel, Conde Nast Travel, Business Insider, Atlas Obscura and more. You can see more of her work at petrinadarrah.com.
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