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From Diving to Nightlife: A Guide to Ghana’s Beaches

Article by GVI


Posted: March 27, 2023

Ghana is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in West Africa. With its sandy shores, clear waters and serene atmosphere, the coast of Ghana offers visitors a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. From the popular tourist destinations to secret spots, here’s a guide to the best beaches in Ghana.

Popular Ghana Beach Destinations

Kokrobite Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Ghana and serves as a hub for tourists looking to sunbathe, swim and enjoy the nightlife scene. Popular with both tourists and locals, Labadi Beach is known for its long strip of golden sand and swaying palm trees. Bojo Beach in Accra is a beautiful spot that offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and breathtaking sunsets you don’t want to miss out on. Check out Busua Beach which offers crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkelling or diving, and the nearby forest with trails perfect for exploring.

Uncovering Ghana’s Hidden Beach Gems

If you’re looking for something a bit more off-the-beaten-track, try Dixcove Beach. This secluded white-sand beach is located a few miles outside of Takoradi. Even on peak days, visitors can find a quiet corner where they can relax and unwind. Another hidden gem worth exploring is Big Ada Beach. A bit further to the east, this beach is known for its tranquillity, as it is only accessible via boat and far removed from the crowds.

Exploring the Best of Ghana’s Coastal Towns

The coastal towns of Ghana are the perfect destinations for nature lovers, with a variety of cultural experiences, outdoor activities and nature reserves to explore. Visiting the coastal town of Elmina in Ghana provides a unique opportunity to learn about the region’s history, enjoy delicious seafood cuisine, and experience the vibrant local culture. Winneba is a stunning beach town with stunning stretches of white sand and azure waters, as well as opportunities to explore traditional Ghanaian culture, such as traditional drumming and dancing. Lastly, don’t miss Cape Coast – an iconic city lying in the shadow of its hillside castle and steeped in history.

Sun, Sand, and Surf at Ghana’s East Coast Beaches

The east coast of Ghana offers an array of beach activities perfect for swimming and surfing enthusiasts. Busua Beach is known to be one of the most notable surf spots in Ghana and perfect for any skill level. Butakapim Beach is a great destination for novice surfers as there are slower moving lefts and rights available here. Big Ada Beach is renowned for its excellent swell and is definitely an adrenaline-filled spot likely to get your heart racing. Lastly, if you’d like to take in the natural beauty of Ghana’s east coast beaches, head to Kwabenya where the calm waters are perfect for leisurely swimming or paddling.

Diving and Snorkelling in Ghana’s Waters

Ghana is a great destination for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts looking for unique and fascinating underwater experiences. One of the best spots for diving in Ghana is the underwater sculpture park located in Dixcove. It features an array of sculptures that offer a home for marine life and make for some spectacular underwater photography. Another great spot is the Turtle Islands, which offer a chance to swim with the endangered green and olive ridley turtles. For snorkelling, the beaches at Busua and Cape Three Points are some of the best in Ghana. The clear, turquoise waters offer an opportunity to see a variety of marine life, including tropical fish and colorful coral reefs. The shallow waters also make it a great option for families with children. Ghana’s lesser-known diving and snorkelling destinations offer a chance to discover a unique and unexplored underwater world.

Swimming and Fishing in Ghana’s Coastal Areas

In addition to snorkelling and diving, Ghana’s coastal towns also provide excellent opportunities for swimming and fishing. Boat trips can be arranged from towns such as Elmina or Busua, where you can take your pick from deep-sea fishing or go closer to shore in search of small fish like mackerel or cobia. Near Cape Coast, Kingfisher Beach offers shark fishing excursions and plenty of other fishing opportunities. Over in Keta, there are miles of chrome sand beaches which provide ideal conditions for swimming. What’s more, Shey Beach at Big Ada also has a fantastic surfing scene complete with cool fish restaurants.

Exploring the Nightlife at Ghana’s Beaches

If you want to get a taste of Ghana’s nightlife scene, don’t miss out on Labadi Beach. It’s one of Accra’s top beach areas for late-night parties with live music and plenty of bars serving ice-cold beers until dawn. During the day, the beach is a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing, but as the sun sets, it transforms into a lively hub of activity. The beach is lined with a variety of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs that offer everything from local music and dancing to international DJs and live bands. Visitors can enjoy delicious local cuisine while listening to live music or dance the night away to a mix of Afrobeat, highlife, and other genres. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back night out with friends or a high-energy party, Labadi Beach has something for everyone.

Accommodation for Beachgoers in Ghana

There are a variety of accommodation options available to suit every budget and preference. Many visitors choose to stay in beachfront resorts and hotels that offer stunning views of the ocean and easy access to the sand and surf. These properties often feature amenities like swimming pools, restaurants, and bars, making them ideal for those who want to combine beach time with relaxation and entertainment. For travellers who prefer a more rustic experience, there are also a number of beach huts and guesthouses available for rent. These offer a more authentic and laid-back beach experience, and are often located in quieter, more secluded areas.

Eating Out on the Coast of Ghana

Eating out on the coast of Ghana is a foodie’s paradise! The coastal towns and villages offer a range of delicious seafood dishes that are fresh and tasty. From grilled or fried tilapia, red snapper, prawns, lobster, and crab, you’ll have a lot to choose from. The seafood dishes are often served with spicy sauces and sides like jollof rice or yam, but if you’re not into seafood, there are still plenty of meat or vegetarian options available. Many food stalls and restaurants are located right on the beach, so you can enjoy your meal while admiring the stunning ocean view. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a full meal, eating out on the coast of Ghana is an experience you won’t want to miss!

With an abundance of activities, fun nightlife venues, calming coastal towns and breathtaking beaches, Ghana has something special waiting to be discovered by tourists looking for a truly magical beachside experience.

If you’re looking to experience the coastal region of Ghana, why not consider joining one of GVI’s volunteer programs in the seaside town of Kokrobite. With a range of programs with a focus on women’s empowerment, teaching English, gender equality and public health, you’re sure to find one that aligns with your interests and skills. Beyond the volunteer work, you will have ample time to explore the stunning beaches, savour the delectable local cuisine, and appreciate the lively music scene that characterises Ghanaian culture. Kokrobite is a charming village renowned for its tranquil ambiance, vibrant markets, and idyllic coastline.

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