Beaches in Abidjan

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Abidjan, in the past was a coastal fishing village in Côte d'Ivoire. The completion of the Virdi Canal in 1951 allowed it to become a central sea port. The long period of economic boom witnessed by Abidjan gave it the nick name of Paris of Africa and made it the most desirable tourist spot in West Africa. There are some amazing Abidjan beaches situated in and around Abidjan giving that extra charm to this place.  


Situated about 45 kms to the east of Abidjan is the Bassam Beach which is one of the better and famous beaches of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Several Beach Hotel resorts in Grand Bassam have their padded lounge chairs set up on the beach. Be sure to spend a whole day on the beach just relaxing and enjoying the African sun. If you are not a strong swimmer, be on your guard in the water and stay closer to the shore as the waves are very strong. The beach gets pretty crowded during weekends, but during weekdays the crowd on the beach is relatively less. Pick up some interesting souvenirs like masks, brass work, wood carvings and batik work from the hawkers on the beach. Be ready for some negotiation before you decide to pick up a souvenir.

Assinie & Assouinde

Travel 80 kms to the east of Abidjan to reach Assinie & Assouinde, two small villages that lie between the lagoon and the sea. The quiet and sparsely populated palm fringed beaches on Assinie & Assouinde draws plenty of surfers and weekend visitors. The Assinie & Assouinde coast is easily accessible by road. Watch out for the water currents if you are here to surf. There are several hotels available here with fully-equipped facilities and water sport activities that you will need to enjoy your stay.  


Jacqueville was the fist place in Ivory Coast where the Union Flag was hoisted when the British originally occupied the country. Jacqueville is now a major seaside resort and fishing zone. Located around 60 kms from Abidjan, there are no direct land routes to reach this place. Hire a ferry to cross the water body and reach the beach of Jacqueville. Coconuts being the main source of revenue are found everywhere. There is nothing much to do here and not many places to see, visit Jacqueville if you want to enjoy a quiet, lazy, secluded holiday.


Located around 210 kms west of Abidjan are the pristine and untouched beaches of Sassandra where the rainforests touch the shore. Along a dirt road on the west you will find the beaches of Sassandra. There are several beach resorts offering horseback riding and bonfires by the night. These beaches are relatively less crowded except for a few natives. Spend your day just by enjoying the African sun or go for a swim in the sea.

Although Abidjan and its beaches may seem primitive at first sight, you start to enjoy the real beauty and the humble settings once you settle down.
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