Cape Coast Travel Guide

  • Cape Coast Castle
    Cape Coast Castle
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    Harbor from Cape Coast Castle
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    Beach from Cape Coast Castle
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Cape Coast Things to Do

  • Kakum National Park

    Kakum National Park is about an hour from Cape Coast. It would be difficult to find a tro-tro direct, but one should go by the park entrance as these roads are well traveled. The park itself is something of a rainforest preserve with quite a variety of flora. The park is small though, and despite reports that a small elephant herd lives here, we...

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  • Cape Coast Castle Tour

    The Cape Coast Castle was originally controlled by the Portuguese, Swedes, Danes, and Dutch, before the British took over. With each occupation, the castle was enlarged both in terms of slave exporting capacity and military defense. Much of the recent building on the upper levels must not date back more than a couple hundred years at most. The...

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  • Kakum National Park

    The Kakum National Park is a fairly old national park, having been established in 1932 and used for the last fifty years for thee extraction of timber. It is located in Central Region of Ghana, about 20 kilometres north of Cape Coast. It covers 360 square kilometres of Ghana's rapidly dwindling rainforest.

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  • Kakum National Park

    Kakum National Park is a 350 square km national park in the Central Region of Ghana. The park was first established in 1960. The entire area is covered with tropical rainforest.The Park contains rare animals, like pygmy elephants, forest buffalo, civet cats, a wide array of birds, more than 500 species of butterflies.Kakum National Park has a long...

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  • Canopy junglewalk in Kakum National Park

    The Canopy junglewalk in Kakum National Park passes over a 330 metres long series of hanging bridges made of ropes. They are connected together by the trees, and are all together the worlds longest and highest hanging bridge. At 40 meters height you walk over the tropical rainforest.Walking on the junglewalk is quite pricey. Foreigners pay 30 GHC...

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  • Fishing boats in Cape Coast

    The seafront on the left side of Cape Coast castle is a unique place to watch the fishermen in their boats. The scenes from this place is among the most photographed places in Ghana.

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  • Cape Coast castle

    Cape Coast Castle is a large fortification. It was first built by Swedish traders in 1653 as a timber construction, but was later rebuilt in stone. The Danish took over the fort in 1663 before the fort was conquered by the English the year after. The fort was used in slave trade.The fort became a museum and monument in 1957, when Ghana became...

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  • The beach between Cape Coast Elmina

    Ghana has one of its most beautiful beaches on the way from Cape Coast to Elmina. Almost all the way has a beautiful seashore view. Brenu beach, located 30 km from Cape coast, is the most famous beach.

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  • Fort Victoria

    The third building in the British triangle is Fort Victoria. This fort is the smallest of all, and is situated on top of a green hill in the west of the city centre. Again, it is officially closed but when you get there you can easily enter it without having to ask someone or without paying for it.The building was built in 1702 and it was restored...

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  • Cape Coast Castle

    The biggest tourist attraction of Cape Coast, and one of the most famous of Ghana, is Cape Coast Castle: an impressive remaining of the era of the slave trade. CCC is a place that gives you goosebumps in two different ways, and a definite must-see when you are in the country.When you first see the castle from the outside, and when you enter it, you...

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  • Fort William

    Cape Coast Castle was not the only building that had to defend the city against enemies during the British era. They built two more forts to create a complete protection line around Cape Coast. These forts formed a huge triangle in the centre. One of the points of this triangle is Fort William, after CCC the second biggest. Fort William is built on...

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  • Cape Coast Museum

    A small, compact and very interesting museum, with exhibits on the slave trade as well as other aspects of Ghanaian society, such as chieftaincy, funerals and prehistory. Located within the castle.

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  • Cape Coast Castle

    Cape Coast Castle was built by the British in 1665 on the site of a small Swedish fort from 1653. Since then it has changed hands four times, being captured by the Danish in 1658, and occupied by the Dutch between 1663 and 1664. From 1667 until 1750, the castle was used by merchants trading in slaves, gold, spices and ivory. Cape Coast Castle...

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  • Cape Coast Castle

    Cape Coast Castle is one of the major tourist attractions in Ghana. Initially constructed as a small trading lodge. Later enlarged and rebuilt to a real castleWere millions of slaves were shipped through to the Caribbean and the United States.

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  • Kakum National Park

    In March 1994, the president of Ghana, Rawlings officially opened Kakum National Park. The park has been created to conserve one of Ghana’s rapidly vanishing tropical rainforests and the rare wildlife it contains.Prince Eric, this is the name of my guide came to my hotel at 6 am to pick me up, he was a very nice young man with a big smile on his...

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Cape Coast Hotels

  • Elmina Beach Resort

    1 JJ Rawlings St. , Cape Coast, 00000, Ghana

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Cape Coast Restaurants

  • Seafood by the sea

    While kind of a tourist dump the food is not bad here and the location next to the castle in front of the beach make this place hard to ignore. Get a seat at the tables that overlook the beach and enjoy the ocean breeze with a cold beer and a good meal. I had the curry seafood which I liked very much after my tour of the castle

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  • Fresh fruit on the beach

    I didn't really have a meal here, at Oasis Beach Resort, but I did have a fresh pineapple for lunch here. At a hot and sweaty afternoon this is a great spot to get some refreshment: with your feet in the sand, the sea only 10 metres away, palmtrees providing you with shade and a fresh and juicy pineapple in front of you.Besides the pineapple, that...

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  • Eating at a rooftop

    A very special location for your dinner is the rooftop restaurant of Sammo's Guesthouse. Weither you are a guest or not, you can have dinner here with a great view over the sea, the lagoon and the city of Cape Coast.The food is not as special as the view, but still it is good value. The meals basically consists of either chicken or fish together...

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Cape Coast Nightlife

  • dodgy single scene in Cape Coast

    Women travelling on your own beware!!! There are very charming Ghanaian men who target white (Obruni) women. They will be very friendly at first and will offer to show you around and be your friend. however, they generally are just looking to take advantage of you, both monetarily and romantically. I have witnessed many intelligent women be fooled...

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  • Oasis Beach Resort

    A great place to go to at night when you are in Cape Coast, is the Oasis Beach Resort. It is situated at 300 metres west from Cape Coast Castle, and directly at the beach. You can enter is from both the city-side and the beach-side. Besides quite a luxurious accommodation, Oasis also is the most popular hang out at night in the city. There is a...

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  • Auntie Ama's Spot

    At 50 metres east from the Cape Coast Lagoon, at the mainroad to Elmina, you'll see a small but very nice drinking spot called Auntie Ama's. This is a small and very colourful place where it is good to have a drink.Auntie Ama's is surrounded by colourfully painted fences and inside you can sit down in the shade, enjoy the nice music they play (from...

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Cape Coast Transportation

  • Taxi in Cape Coast

    A taxi is the most convenient way of transportation in and around Cape Coast. Make sure to settle the price before you enter the car.

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  • Shared taxi's

    If you want to go to places in and around Cape Coast that are too far away to walk to, you can either charter a (relatively expensive) drop-taxi, or you can try your luck with a shared taxi. The system of shared taxi's is much cheaper, because the normal price of a trip is divided by 4, because to taxi only departs when there are 4 people inside....

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  • Drop taxi's

    Even though Cape Coast has quite a small city centre, it still can be nice to take a taxi to get from one end to the other, simply because at daytime it can be extremely hot there. If you want to prevent yourself from sweating like a pig because of a 10 minutes walk, a taxi ride can be a good and cheap solution.For a taxi-ride within the centre of...

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Cape Coast Local Customs

  • Leisure time

    Sunday is obviously a great day for spending at the beach – as the coastline was full of young people having fun in and out of the water. Note how most Ghanaians go swimming fully clothed.

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  • The Slave Trade

    There were many reasons why African men and women ended up as slaves: they may have been criminals, unrecoverable debt, loss of family or kin group, as a result of ethnic conflict, victims of religious crimes. Some people even gave themselves up willingly as slaves in order to escape famine or drought. There were also many reason why slaves would...

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  • Fishing

    Fishing is the main occupation for most of the people living in Cape Coast, and many travel far out to sea. Tuesday is the day that fishing nets are being mended as this day is considered taboo for fishing. There seemed to be quite a few boats grounded on the Sunday we were there too, but we also saw many boats returning to shore with their catch.

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Cape Coast Warnings and Dangers

  • Chewing gum meat

    When you are taking the STC-bus from Cape Coast, it ca happen that you'll have to wait for the bus for a few hours. And when you are waiting, you can also get hungry after a while. Íf you get hungry: DON'T try the meat-sticks they sell at the station. I tried them because they smelled really good, but the meat is absolutely disgusting! The only...

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  • Unsafe housing

    Many of the houses along the coastline at Cape Coast become unsafe during the rainy seasons. People are slowly being rehabilitated into modern architectural buildings that are being especially constructed by the government to replace such dilapidated buildings as these.

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  • Cape Coast Hotels

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Cape Coast Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking around

    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...

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  • Harbour

    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...

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  • The Beach

    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...

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Cape Coast Favorites

  • Buildings with decorated advertisements

    A lot of houses and buildings in Cape Coast are decorated and painted with advertisements from mobile network companies.

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  • Cape Coast

    Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region in Ghana, and has a population of 100.000 people. The city is located 165 km west of Accra, which takes about 3-4 hours to drive. Cape Coast is most known for beeing the place where a large number of the slaves were held before they left Africa. The place was founded by the Fante tribe in the 10th...

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  • On the road from Cape Coast to Kakum

    The road from north from Cape Coast to Kakum National Park takes you through many small villages and jungle areas.

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