We love the sea. For us, a few days on the beach is just part of a holiday. Fortunately, Beaches in Ghana are many . I enjoy this extensively on our tour along Ghana’s coast.
Over more than 500 kilometres we cross the country on the way from Togo to the Ivory Coast. Not without repeatedly taking a detour to the Atlantic Ocean and spending a few days relaxing by the sea.
Bathing is usually dangerous off Ghana’s beautiful beaches. The waves blaze powerfully on land, the current pulls out to sea. But there are a few places to dive into the ocean. And every place has its own special charm.
Here are my favorite beaches in Ghana – from east to west:
Between lagoon and sea in Keta
It is certainly not one of the most touristy beaches in Ghana: the narrow strip of land between the lagoon and the sea around Keta.
On the way from Togo to Accra, this strip on the coast is definitely worth a little break by the sea. So it is for us.
Keta is an old Danish commercial settlement. The castle with the beautiful name Fort Prinzenstein still bears witness to this. The sandy beach is miles long and there are only a few tourists who make it here. But still some very nice accommodations.
On the other side stretches the Keta Lagoon. In some places, the strip of land between the sea and the lake is only a hundred meters wide. From Togo we always drive along the coast. On a small wall over the lake you have super beautiful views on both sides.
We meet only a few tourists. But all the more fishermen. On the narrow strip of land they live in simple huts. Together they pull the long, heavy nets out of the sea. A spectacle that is unparalleled. Colourful wooden boats are located on the sandy beach. In the lagoon, the fishermen artfully eject their nets.
The lagoon is not only full of fish, it is also one of the most important breeding areas for waterfowl in Ghana. Here you can sail with fishermen in a piroque across the lake or to one of the small islands.
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Tips and information about the beach of Keta:
A&Y Wild Camp Ghana: Small, simple huts in a fishing village. Loving details with shells and colorful colors. Very simple, surrounded by sand. Just a few hundred meters to the sea. And there are delicious Italian pasta from the Italian-Ghanaian couple.
Meet me There: Unfortunately, the accommodation was always fully booked when I came to Keta. It is a totally sweet, chilly beach lodge between Keta and Anyanui directly on the beach. Book early!
Aboriginal Beach Resort: Resort with restaurant and small pool in a direct beach location. Comfortable rooms. Green garden with palm trees.
Keta Lagoon Resort: Here you can live on the lagoon. Admittedly without much luxury, but on a beautiful complex on stilts above the lake. There is also a small restaurant.
From Accra about 190 kilometers, about 2.5 hours, without 4×4 reachable. Direct connection with Trotros from Accra.
Beaches in Ghana: Small holiday savings near Elmina
A relaxed holiday paradise is located west of Elmina on the edge of the small village of Ampenyi. Several beach resorts share the coast. You benefit from the fine sandy beach with high coconut trees.
The highlight: by an offshore reef, the beach is protected from the rushing waves and the drifting current. Quite relaxed and safe I let myself drift into the separated basin.
Behind the next corner is the small fishing port of Ampenyi. This is where the fishing boats arrive in the morning. When a herd of sheep trotpastusly past us at breakfast on the beach, the idyll is just perfect.
Just a stone’s throw away is the small town of Elmina with its famous slave castle of St. George. Cape Coast with the twin castle Cape Coast Castle follows 15 kilometers further on. Perfect destinations for a few days on the beach of Ampenyi.
Beaches in Ghana – Tips and information about Ampenyi Beach:
Hotels in Ampenyi:
KO-SA Beach Resort: Colorfully painted bungalows in beautifully landscaped garden and super tasty food. Directly on the sea. My favorite.
Twitter Guesthouse: Slightly back located without direct beach access. Beautiful tropical garden.
From Accra about 170 kilometers, about 2.5 hours driving time. With public transport it is a bit cumbersome: the first destination is Elmina, from there there are trotros to Ayensudo. Then we continue in the taxi the last 5 kilometers to Ampenyi.
Backpacker paradise in Ghana: Busua beach
Busua is home to many surfers, backpackers, expats and volunteers – it is arguably the most popular of Ghana’s beaches among young people. Accordingly, there are numerous budget accommodations in a beachfront or second row. And in the evening, of course, also a beach party.
The waves gently roll ashore on the beach of Busua. It’s a great spot to learn to surf. You can rent a board on site and there are also surf schools.
But then I prefer to hang out on the beach. It is really chilly in Busua: relaxing on the beach, delicious (also vegetarian) food overlooking the sea and miles of sandy beach. What more do you want?
A special feature of Busua is the impeccably clean beach. What else is unfortunately rare in Ghana. Some Ghanaian youths founded an organization for this purpose. They collect garbage, organize beach clean-ups and set up homemade garbage bins along the beach.
If I had stayed even longer, i would have been able to go on a hiking tour in the surrounding area. But after one night we move on to the next beach, to Ezile Bay.
Tips and information about the beach of Busua:
Hotels in Busua:
Busua Inn: Harmoniously furnished rooms and great wooden terrace for dining overlooking the sea. The French owner also owns Ezile Bay, see below. Small minus: the canal next door stinks a little.
Laughing goat Ghana: Also beautiful is this chic, whitewashed villa with beautiful green garden. However, it is unfortunately not located directly on the beach. For this there are delicious snacks and also surfboards you can rent here.
Ahanta Ecolodge: A wonderful accommodation are also the six rooms of the Ecolodge. Lots of natural materials and plenty of space, as well as surf school.
My restaurant tip:
Okoreye Tree: Simple restaurant right on the beach with super tasty food. And that’s also cheap. Also many vegetarian dishes. Directly at the surf shop. While eating, you can watch the surfers in the waves.
From Takoradi via Agona (approx. 20 kilometers) continue to Busua (another 12 kilometers). By public transport, a change in Agona from the Trotro to the taxi is necessary.
Ezile-Bay: Lost in Paradise
The beach of Ezile-Bay is my absolute favorite of the beaches in Ghana. If you need a break and it is easy to deal with yourself and your fellow travelers, this is the right place. Almond trees and palm trees provide shade at the shell-shaped sandy bay. A true paradise.
Beaches in Ghana – Ezile bay
The only accommodation with its handful of huts has the bay all to itself. Accordingly, there is not much except sea and beach. Here you have your peace and quiet and can really relax. Protected in the bay, the waves easily hit the fine sandy land continuously. Even for children, it’s fun to romp around.
For entertainment you have to provide here yourself. There is no television in the simple huts. No Internet. And only limited telephone network.
For some variety we walk to the fishing village of Akwidaa on the other side of the bay. Life is still very original here: at the small market you can shop, watch the children raging in the water on their homemade surfboards or look over the fishermen’s shoulder while patching their nets.
The property also organises excursions, such as hikes to Cape 3 Point, the forest or canoe trips.
We like it so much in Ezile Bay that we spontaneously extend from a planned night to four. Also because I am a little afraid of the return trip: the piste is in a miserable condition. Actually nothing without 4×4. My “Koffi” did it anyway. However, not without setting up several times, although it is placed a little higher.
Tips and information about the beach of Ezile-Bay:
Hotel & Restaurant on the beach:
Ezile Bay: Only accommodation and restaurant in the bay. Very simple huts on the beach. Good food with a French impact.
There is no gastronomy next to the hotel restaurant Ezile Bay. In the neighbouring fishing village of Akwidaa, there is bread and simple dishes from the Mamams’ pots.
From Takoradi via Agona (approx. 20 km), then towards Busua, junction to Akwidaa via very poor piste about 20 km, 4×4 required. From Agona some trotros drive towards Akwidaa. Because the path is so miserable, they take over an hour to do so. From there it is a quarter of an hour to walk.
My favorite place on the beach of Axim
My favorite beach motif and my favorite place is on the beach in front of the Ankobra Beach Resort near Axim. Here the sea is rough and wild. The water shimmers brown-yellow through the agitated sand.
Ghana’s most beautiful beaches at Axim
In front of the sea is a grove with gigantic coconut trees. Sometimes candle-straight times crooked and crooked they put their heads in the sky. Behind it lies the extensive grounds of the Beach Resort.
The sea with its strong waves is less suitable for bathing. But you can rent surfboards at the resort and also take a surf course. On the beach there are numerous hammocks, loungers and many individual, cozy places.
Among them is my favourite spot on the beaches of Ghana and a wonderful photo motif: the huge swing that floats over the sea on a crooked palm tree. When rocking over the roaring waves, I can really forget the time.
The resort also organises excursions, such as the nearby town of Axim with its Fort St. Anthony. If you want, you can also look at the ecological and social projects that are supported from the resort. Or even better, as part of a volunteer ship.
There are also games and books on German, as the current owner comes from Germany. So you are well catered for all round.
Tips and information about the beach at Axim:
Hotel & Restaurant :
Ankobra Beach Resort: Small cottages in the extensive garden with many trees and shrubs, as well as eco-lodge area. Super tasty food and homemade sodas.
The hotel is a bit off the shot. If you don’t want to eat at the hotel – where the food is excellent, but also not cheap – you should bring food or go to Axim.
From Takoradi about 65 km, without 4×4. Regular trotro connections to Axim. From there take a taxi to Ankobra Beach Resort or behind Axim on the road at the sign to the Beach Resort just before Asanta and walk the last kilometer.
Watt and miles of beaches in western Ghana: Beyin
Beyin is almost on the border with Ivory Coast. There is not much going on here, one should think. Is that actually the case. If it wasn’t for the oil off the coast of Ghana.
Bizarrely, all the paths of the small fishing settlements are tarred. Even in the capital Accra, this is not the case. Why? one wonders. The explanation lies in the oil that was discovered here in 2007 off the coast. Some of the profits from the mining went to infrastructure projects. Here in nowhere, somehow out of place.
On the kilometre-wide sandy beach in front of Palmenwald, there is almost nothing going on. We have it almost entirely for us during our beach walk. Only from time to time a fisherman crosses our path. It seems to go on endlessly – the sea on one side, the palm trees on the other. Only sporadically there are some accommodations and small fishing settlements. Unfortunately, many algae and garbage have washed up on the beach, which cloud the paradisiacal sight.
A special feature for beaches in Ghana: There are watts here. The beach is so flat that at the usual In Ghana Tiede 50 to 100 meters wadden sea fall almost dry. Of course no comparison with our mudflats on the North Sea coast. Still great for a long mudflat walk along the coast.
With the shallow coast it is also a great beginner’s beach for surfers. However, you should bring your own equipment. Tourist infrastructure is scarce.
And if that’s not enough, Beyin is the perfect starting point for a trip to the stelzendorf Nzulezo on Lake Tadane. Absolutely recommended.
Tips and information about the beach of Beyin:
Hotels on the beach:
Tenack Beach Resort: Nice resort, but inside the rooms lacks some of the charm. The highlight is the direct location on the beach with restaurant, hammock and loungers with sea views.
Maaha Beach Resort: The luxury beachfront resort really doesn’t miss anything. The price is correspondingly high for this.
From Takoradi about 100 kilometers, about 2 hours driving time, without 4×4 over well-developed roads. There are a few direct trotros from Takoradi to Beyin.
These were them, my most beautiful beaches in Ghana. Do you have more tips for a beach holiday in Ghana?