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main holiday resort areas in Gambia are on a 10.5 kilometre band
of beach whose locations are along the west coast facing the Atlantic
Ocean. It manages to accommodate almost all the package holidaymakers
that come to Gambia each winter season and is Banjul's
scenically pleasant hinterland.
Cape Point promontory makes up the very start of the northern
beachfront with its fairly wide, clean, aeolian sands. This is
where the sea and river estuary
meet and is one of the most civilized retreats being a relatively
secure tourist enclave area. More...
The above seashore marks the northern most limit of Bakau (the
Mandingo's Ba kankungo or Shore) which is by contrast marked
by cliff-top hotels overlooking precarious, rust-coloured laterite
a narrow beach that is visible only when the tide is out and is
not recommended for swimming. It is the most African in nature
of all the coastal resorts and runs parallel to a heavily urbanised
area. Its hotels and guesthouses are pleasant and low-key as well
as being near to good transport connections. If you would rather
have a combination of beach, tourist development and staying in
an African community, then this is probably your best choice.
are no formal boundaries between Bakau and the suburb of Fajara
to the south however, this resort is a quiet, relatively well-to-do
residential neighbourhood. It is less beach-orientated than the
other resort areas but has good transport links up to the Atlantic
Ocean. Laybato, overlooking the ocean, has a great vista with
palm hung hammocks to laze in and watch the sunset. A good number
of the Gambia's finest restaurants are to be found here, along
with a respectable choice of accommodation
at good prices. More...
a basically 2 resorts. The first is at Palma
Rima with its huge grounds overshadowing the area but with
a relatively quiet beach
scene which is not very often crowded except for weekends. Then
there is the Senegambia thoroughfare.
In the early to late evenings this road is a hive of activity
and is the Gambia's equivalent of a Mediterranean type resort
such as Benidorm. This is the country's most hectic vacation spot
which is a ribbon development of car hire firms, pizza parlours
and small bars and restaurants. It is here that you will find
the purpose built beach hotels
of the Kairaba and Senegambia which are among the country's most
reputable accommodations. More...
locality is at the very hub of touristy Gambia and one of the
hotspots for 'bumsters' (hustlers). In the high season, most aspects
of Kotu feels crowded as the hotels, supermarkets, craft markets
are congested with tourists. However, the place is friendly, entertaining
and ideal for someone with an outgoing personality. There is also
a good beach near to all the mid to large scale hotels,
such as Kombo Beach, which are either owned by the tour operators
or contracted by them to receive their package tourists. More...
south, just after Kololi's southern edge, is the much more serene
location of Bijilo and its adjacent inland neighbour of Kerr Serign.
Here the beaches and accommodation are more subdued without the
feeling of crampness that is found within its northerly neighbours.
The accommodation to be found here includes the hotels
such a Bijilo Beach, Golden Beach and the Coconut Residence. More...
area is the latest to undergo tourist development in recent years
with the opening of the international class Sheraton (now Coral
Beach) which extends the major tourist resort to 12.5 km.
Brufut is ideal if you want to get away from tourist overcrowding
yet be within a reasonable distance by car to some good entertainment
spots. The seaside on either side of this new development is a
quiet stretch of simple beach huts and fishing villages. More...
This is not a resort
but a large urban conurbation with a cacophony of people, dwellings
and cars. Many websites and tour guides refer to the town's name
in relation to certain hotels. The reason for the confusion is
that many places use this location for their PO Box number and
this may have brought about some of the misunderstanding regarding
their actual locations. More...
SOUTHERN COASTAL RESORTS:
are all well worth visiting as they have been less affected by
tourism. These localities are particularly handy if you are travelling
to Gambia on a shoe-string. However, the nearest of the above
is at least 25 kilometres from the main resort locations. There
are lots of simple accommodation huts and lodges for the more
resourceful traveller. While there you might want to visit a site
are lots of other places further inland such as
Makasutu Culture Forest with its magnificent riverine
lodges and jungle rooms at Mandina
You can see reviews of other areas by going to the excursions
page. For rooms to stay see the Hotels
It should be pointed out that in some accommodations the use of
a TV or air conditioner is not automatically included in the room
rates, and the use of an A/C can cost around £6 / $9 per day