With just over 400km of coastline, Sierra Leone has some of best beaches in Africa, if not the world. Sierra Leone is blessed with a number of amazing beaches that rival the Caribbean. Only the main difference is that on a visit to a beach in Sierra Leone, you may be the only one there. There are beaches dotted all along the coastline and each beach has a character and style of its own, from the colour of the sand to the size of the waves, keeping even the most easily bored beachgoer striving for a new stretch of sunny, swim-friendly perfection.
Whatever you’re looking for, Sierra Leone’s got it! Featuring shallow, crystal clear waters, River number 2 beach is arguably one of Sierra Leones best beaches. Here the sea is swim-perfect, with not even a rock in sight and, close to the shore, gentle waves. While in the weekend this is the place to be, with every seat taken, if you go during the week you can virtually have the place to yourself.
If you’re staying in Freetown, a visit to Lumley Beach is definitely in order. Much of life in Sierra Leone takes place here, so the atmosphere is not one to be missed. The water at River number 2 is much better in terms of swimming, but the 5km beach road along Lumley is abundant in beach bars, shacks and restaurants. Any day of the week is good for a sundowner and a bite, but Sundays after dark sees the beach crammed with people keen to strut their stuff on the sand and at the noisier bars. Even the national football team practices here on Sundays!
Sierra Leone also boasts beautiful remote islands that are only a boat ride away from the peninsula. Turtle islands are made up of 8 small islands. While undeveloped, this archipelago is a slice of heaven, offering pure relaxation perfect for huddling up with a book, or taking a dip in the sea to look for dolphins. Banana Island is also great for aquatic life, offering an array of water sports, deep-sea fishing, spearfishing, and kayaking.
For now, devoid of mass tourism, they are all wild, spacious and feel a world away from the high-rise developments that usually ruin most stretches of prime ocean real estate. Now is the chance to experience these before anyone else does!
Image below: Boreh Beach