Posted on March 5, 2012 byunder
Gambia is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, mainly glorious long wide, uncrowded, spacious and with plenty sunbeds and you may even see a spot of entertainment into the bargain.
Many of the major hotels have their own part of the beach, however the beaches are public property so may not be completely private to guests. Some of the hotels have created a man made beach which can be a little rocky whilst swimming so be sure to research the hotel fully, if the beach is a main reason for choosing that particular area or hotel.
The main beaches are:
Bijilo Beach, a fabulous, unspoilt stretch of beach, with no beach bars or restaurants, you may see the odd fruit seller but is for the dedicated sunbather wanting to feel away from it all.
Kotu beach, another wide stretch of golden sand and not far to walk to the ocean, the current here is slightly unpredictable though, so we recommend checking the tides prior to deep sea swimming.
Kololi Beach, probably the busiest beach in the Gambia, and though mostly beautiful golden sand, often topped up, it can suffer from erosion depending on the oceans surf.
Baku and Fajara, a beautiful coastline, mainly red rocks with small sandy coves, again caution should be taken due to the tide.
Cape point, Simply magnificent, pure golden sand gently shelving into the ocean, a beach-lovers paradise, definitely one of the best in the country.
Travelling further south you have a great selection of beaches too,
Brufut, A beautiful, unspoiled stretch of golden sand, well worth a visit even if you are not staying at the Sheraton.
Sanyang, a day-trippers paradise, very sheltered with a few rocky areas, perfect for snorkelling.
Gunjur, more of a working beach where you can watch local fishermen come ashore with their catch, not ideal if you want a quiet beach to relax on, its a hive of activity.
South Gambia and Kartong, the further south you travel the more exclusive the beaches, usually tiny coves, unspoiled or used primarily by fishermen bringing in their catch of the day. But with many bays to chooses from, you need never see another soul all day.