For some reason we had never gotten around to writing anything about Ghana until now (though by the time you read this we hope to have covered many more places there). And that is strange, as Ghana may just be one of Africa's easiest and most pleasant countries to travel to. Better late than never, and what better place to start with than its capital Accra, home to 2.3 million Ghanaians.
Let's work our way through it, shall we: English speaking? Check. Beaches? Check. A friendly, smiling, chatty population? Check. An international airport that connects to places like New York, Dubai and Frankfurt? Check. A hotel variety that ranges from the basic to luxury 5 star resorts? Check. Year-round warm weather? Check. Safe and stable? Check. Sorry for that, but you get our point, Accra is as exotic as it is convenient to visit.
That doesn't necessarily mean that everyone will love Accra, as it is after all still a bustling African metropolis which tends to have a very predictable pattern of problems (poor infrastructure, traffic jams, over population), but if the idea of street vendors selling coconuts next to luxury malls and an authentic Africa experience sound good to you, go check this city out.
Its attractions aren't just the atmosphere of course, as there are plenty of actual attractions too. The Kwame Nkrumah Maosoleum and park of the same name gives off a bit of a Pyongyang-esque vibe but are nevertheless a must visit. Independence Square is a similar place, while others you can tick off are the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity and National Museum. At the latter you can learn more about the history and culture of Ghana and its people, though reviews on the place tend to mixed.
In our view its real star attractions however are Jamestown, Labadi Beach and Osu Castle. The former is the oldest part of the city and is a bustling fishing harbor, while the latter is a castle built by the Danish in the 1600s. That leaves us with Labadi Beach, the city's most famous beach. It is kept in good state and rather than a place to go for a swim it is a place to hang around and mingle with the locals. Which, as we mentioned at the start of this article, are friendly and chatty! Another place to get a taste of that is the hectic Makola Market. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Accra is a city in Ghana's region of Greater Accra. It has a population of 2,291,352, is situated at an altitude of 79ft and the best airport to fly into is ACC (Kotoka, Accra)
- The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
- Note: Accra is a good point of entry for trips to Ghana as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedi (GHS)
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More Accra travel resources
We enjoyed reading through this About.com article. The Accra Wikitravel was solid too. CNN wrote an interesting piece titled Forget Paris, fall in love with Accra, while Travelerspress has a good list of things to do.