Besides the attraction, Cape Coast is just a nice town to walk around in. There are some old, colonial buildings that still are used. They are hidden under a think layer of rubbish, commercial signs and paint, but when you pay attention, you can still see some of its old glory.
There are some old churches in the centre too, of which some of them are situated wonderfully on top of small hills, which makes them really stand out. And then there is a bridge with a famous name: "London Bridge". It sounds exciting, but when you get there, it is absolutely nothing special. Just some painted concrete that goes over a narrow stream that crosses the centre.
Nice spots to go to in the centre: Chapel Square, Coronation Road, Aboom Road and of course the two forts, Victoria and William.
When you are visiting the Cape Coast Castle, you can already have a look at the colourful harbour that lies right behind it. There, you can see the fishermen bring their fish in, organising their nets, and checking their colourfully painted "pinasses", wooden boats that are typically African.
Normally Ghanaians are not happy when you take pictures of them, but here in the harbour they don't mind the tourists and they just work on, so you have all the time to watch them. You can also go there without entering the Castle: than you just have to go passed the building towards the east, and you'll automatically end up between the boats.
Another great thing to see from a far in Cape Coast definitely is the wide sandy beach. It looks absolutely great from for example the Castle, and on the way to Elmina, where you can see a real bush of palmtrees between the road and the beach.
But, there is a but again. The beach is perfectly clean in the small area where tourists come, between the Cape Coast Castle and the beach resorts a little bit further to the west. But when you have the hopeful idea to take a walk along the beach a bit further, you have to be prepared to walk through a thick layer of rubbish and even pigs who walk on it.
This sad pollution is especially really bad to the west of the centre, where the houses are built almost on the beach. Here the garbage is just through on the beach until the sea takes it away...
Further towards Elmina is the most beautiful part of the beach. Here it is full of palmtrees, and the pollution is much less, because there are no houses around. It is a great place to enjoy the Gulf of Guinea from the shade of the palmtrees.
In the west of the centre of Cape Coast, you will find a beautiful, blue lagoon, surrounded by green plants and palmtrees. At least, that is what it looks like from a far. When you are at Fort Victoria for example, the lagoon looks great, and when you quickly cross it by car it does too.
But when you go there on foot to enjoy the view, you see the real lagoon. No clear, blue water and no nice green vegetation around it, but a heavily polluted one. Rubbish everywhere and dirty water that is obviously full of bilharzia. Still, some locals try to find some fish in it however.
So, the Cape Coast lagoon: enjoy the view, but don't come too close!