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8 Top-Rated Beaches in The Gambia

Wondering what are the best beaches in Gambia? Worry not because this small country in West Africa is a beach lover’s paradise. Thanks to its vast coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, tourists visiting Gambia have the luxury of several great beaches to choose from. From popular tourist spots like Kololi Beach to the vast expanse soft and golden sand shoreline of Cape Point Beach, each stretch of beach on Gambia coast offers its own unique attractions and slice of paradise to explore. Plan your next sun-sand-and-sea Gambia holidays with our list of the best beaches in The Gambia.

Kotu Beach

Kotu Beach
Beach lovers at the Kotu Beach, Gambia | © Jennifer Bergqvist

Kotu Beach is one of Gambia’s most popular beach, earning its place with swaying palm trees, sandy shores, and plenty of things to do. There’s a romantic appeal to it at sunset for a stroll along the beach. Its gently shaving sand slopes also makes it a very fun spot for kids. The services and amenities available to beachgoers are plentiful, from hotels to restaurants with plenty of sun loungers as well as locals trying to sell you something.

Brufut Beach

Brufut Beach
Nature and palm trees at Brufut Beach, The Gambia | Photo: Courtesy of Urlaubsguru

Brufut Beach is another beach lovers favourite in Gambia, thanks to its calm and shallow waters. Whether you’re after active beach water sports or simply after for relaxation and serenity, there’s plenty stretches of sand and water on either direction. Brufut is known for its relaxed atmosphere.

Sanyang Beach

Sanyang Beach
Cow tanning at the Sanyang Beach | Photo: Courtesy of Sarita / @saritakoo

Sanyang Beach aka Paradise Beach is one of several fun beaches in Gambia, always perfect for a beach day. A lovely public space that is also home to a beach bar and restaurant as well as spots where fish are gilled. Beachgoers usually frequent here on Sunday to see and appreciate the traditional sport of West African wrestling.

Cape Point Beach

Best Beaches in The Gambia
Sunrise walk at Cape Point | Photo: Courtesy of Chloe Suzannah / @chloloris

This is a much-loved golden sand beach with a magnificent shoreline minutes away from the tourist resort of Cape Point. Perfectly situated on the Atlantic Ocean coastline to give visitors the best views of both sunrises and sunsets. There’s a beach restaurant on site treating visitors to a great range of food and drinks, the creek is yours as you enjoy. Here, you will find a tranquil place to admire the views, the peaceful nature of Cape Point Beach is a testament for great Gambia holidays.

Kololi Beach

Kololi Beach
Relaxation at the Kololi Beach | Photo: Courtesy of Anastasia Kästner-Alferova / @nastulbka

As one of the top beaches in The Gambia, Kololi Beach got many good bars and restaurants lined on the bustling Senegambia Strip. Nature lovers flock to Kololi for its plentiful lushness and love for under water. The beach is easily accessed via Senegambia hotel or Kairaba hotel.

Bijilo Beach

Best Resorts in Gambia
Coco Ocean Resort & Spa by looking onto Bijilo Beach | © Coco Ocean Resort & Spa

Bijilo Beach is an unspoilt abundance of nature minutes away from the tourist resort of Kololi. Make a time to visit, and be prepared to be in awe of the natural beauty of the beach. Thirsty? Make a stop at the Coco Ocean Resort & Spaboutique-style property that make tourists feel like a royalty. Perfect for honeymoon or couple’s holiday destination.

Tanji Beach

Tanji Beach
Tanji fish market, Gambia | Photo: Courtesy of Hilal Erdogan / @hilal_erdi

The Tanji Beach is the perfect stroll beach, take a walk in the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Even tho the water is not suitable for swimming, but it offers a vibrant fish market and sights to behold.

Bakau Beach

Morning fishing at Bakau, Gambia | Photo: Courtesy of Marie / @marierydenfelt

Visit Bakau Beach and you will find yourself staring off into the distance as the Atlantic Ocean dissolves into a horizon. With a bustling fish market, here is really a place to be to get sense of the local life, watch the fishermen offload their daily catch of various fish. Locals enjoy this beach, so you will likely get a glimpse of daily life and the colourful pirogues in the water. Visitors can idulge in beach fishing here.

We also recommend our guide to the 6 top-rated resorts in Gambia.


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