Ivory Coast Travel Guide

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The Ivory Coast travel guide lends a hand to help your vacation be a memorable one. Africa's Ivory Coast, also known as the Côte d'Ivoire, is surrounded by 5 other countries and features the Atlantic Ocean on the border. Travel to the Ivory Coast leaves an impression of the region’s architecture, beach resorts and museums.

Sights to See

Yamoussoukro city has Our Lady of Peace, consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1990, which remains the largest Christian church in the area. Our Lady of Peace Yamoussoukro reaches 489 feet high. The dome sits high above the city while the pillars are an architectural beauty.

In the northeastern area of the Ivory Coast sits the largest protected park known as Comoë National Park. The park has a large plant diversity containing shrubs and rainforest.

Accommodations

Hotels along the Ivory Coast are typically located in all of the major cities. The Coucoue Lodge Abjidian sits at the ocean. A complete experience awaits you at this hotel.

The rooms are a tropical getaway while 1 dining area is outdoors with mood lighting for ambiance. Chairs align the beach for tanning. Colorful villas with French doors open to the sandy beach before them. Cabanas sit beside the pool outside the Coucoue Lodge Abjidian.

The Ibis Abidjan Marcory Hotel sits in the center of the city. Rooms are bright and modern in design. Eat lunch or dinner at the restaurant and then take a dip in the swimming pool. The Ibis Abidjan Marcory is about 4 miles from the airport and offers free shuttle service.

Beaches

Beaches surround the Ivory Coast. Pure tranquility is experienced on Assini Beach along the evening hours where you can catch the sunset. Winter months offer the warmer water temperatures. Lobster and beer bars line the beach and surfing is a popular sport. The Beach at Yaba Plage located in Sassandra features huts and relaxation. Sip wine in the evening while watching the sunset. Beware of the mangrove nearby that house crocodiles.

Restaurants

The Ivory Coast has open markets that offer budget priced meals. Fresh fish, shrimp, and lobster are the main dishes. The meals are huge and priced just less than $1 USD, typically. Wind down with a cup of hot tea in the evening. If you want American food, try the Torrance Restaurant located south on Western Avenue. Burgers, salads, deli sandwiches, and Ivory Coast specialties are on the menu. Breakfast is also available.

Chez Hassan in Abidjan offers a mix of Mediterranean and Lebanese food in a relaxed atmosphere. The hotels located in the cities along the Ivory Coast also offer their own restaurants and bars.











Ivory Coast, also known by the French name "Cote d'Ivoire", is one of the most important French speaking countries of West Africa. Abidjan the capital of Ivory Coast and Dakar in Senegal rival for the title of 'Paris of Africa'. Until recently it has always been one of the most politcal stable countries in Africa with a relative high income level. In the west the country is bordered by Liberia and Guinee Conakry, in the north by Mali and Burkina Faso and in the east by Ghana.

The most important attractions of Cote d'Ivoire are to be found in Abidjan, the biggest and most vibrant city of the country, the capital of Yamoussoukro, the birth place of Felix Houphouet Boigny which has an African version of the St. Peter's Cathedral as one of the main sights, Man, a good starting place from where to explore the lush green hills and villages of the West of the country, Korhoho and the national parks of Comoe and Tai.

The country is rife with corruption at all levels, beware. Passports must be carried at all times. Be careful, the country, although beautiful, is unsafe and is not a place to visit unless you have to or are visiting friends.  

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March 12, 2009 change by trevorslade

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