Everyone knows Accra… But here are a few insider tips
- The eastern end is more secluded, has fewer waves and is often shallower
- Snorklers on the reef can see turtles, moray eels, colourful fish
- Vendors with a no-hassle, laid back approach
A beach with something for everyone…
Accra Beach is where the locals go for a swim – or a sea bath as its known here. Beautiful white sand and a turquoise sea with something to offer everyone, from kids who want to paddle with Mum or Dad or boogie boarders looking for wave action.
Tall, wispy casuarina trees, almonds and coconut palms fringe the sand and shield the beach from the car park and road. There’s plenty of space to spread out and you can usually find an area with a sea view unobstructed by the sun loungers.
It’s usually calm early in the morning and a great place for a walk or run as an add on to the south coast board walk which joins it on the western end.
Visitors to Accra Beach (aka Rockley Beach) will know David Trotman’s gentle sales patter and pleasant Bajan manners. David has sold jewellery and pictures to tourists for more than 40 years. His wife Darla painted many of the pictures for sale. He loves the place and has always got time for a chat. “It’s the best spot. Who wouldn’t love working here,” he said.
Want a sun lounger at the quiet end of the beach? Tiki Bar offers sun loungers, free wifi, showers for $30 and allows you to spend that money back at the bar. It’s a great place to sip a cocktail and watch the sunset. There’s live music and two-for-one prices on beer on Friday evenings. Click here for more information
Massage on the Move
If you’re still wound up after that sea bath, you can always try a massage. The authorities license vendors who work around the beaches. But they’re not allowed to approach sunbathers. To get round this, Soothing Touch offers a massage in a converted lorry – complete with couch, discreet curtains and a cool sea breeze. Sheria (pictured) will be delighted to help. Click here for more information