Weekend at the Beach

I can’t believe I’ve already lived in Accra for 3.5 months and I haven’t really had a beach day yet.  Accra is right on the coast of Ghana (in the south) and it is a tropical country, so you’d think that everyone just hangs out on the beach everyday – wrong!  The beach isn’t a very popular thing here, at least with the locals.

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It was Christo’s first trotro ride, which is kinda fun.  He’s a bit spoiled here (he has a driver, a pool, etc.) so I always call him a princess, but he handled it like a trooper – even after the huge grandmother lady sat down next to him!  The ride there was uneventful, and even though it was about an hour it only cost us 2 cedis each (approx. 60 cents). We got off at the last stop and walked down to Big Milly’s Backyard (where we were staying).

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We checked in and dropped our stuff in the room, then headed for lunch because we were starving! Our waiter was awful. He was obviously high and kept talking about how he’s a rhasta from Jamaica (he seemed to be Ghanaian to me but here it’s cooler to be Jamaican if you’re claiming to be such a “cool” rhasta). At first it was just silly and slow but fine, but then he got to our table and knocked over the beer bottles and dropped the pizza in the sand, and blamed my friend – not impressed. The food was decent and we went back to our rooms to put on bathing suits and head to the beach.

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After lunch we took a few pictures of the fisherman’s boats and set up out towels in the sand. We got drinks from the hotel to keep cool and mostly just relaxed for a few hours. In the evening we went to Kokrobite Gardens which is a lovely restaurant (mostly Italian)… I’d recommend it.

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That night was reggae night at Big Milly’s. We weren’t feeling super party so we got a few cocktails and headed to this big wooden deck above the bar bedside the beach to just chill. We could still hear the music but it was quiet enough to talk and you could hear the waves in the background – super relaxing. The problem is the party was still going when we decided to go to bed, and our room was right beside the stage! The windows and beds were literally vibrating but somehow we all still managed to fall asleep.

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In the morning Britt got up super early to have coffee on the beach but Maarten and I slept in. We got breakfast at the hotel and checked out – which was a bit of a process since there was 4 of us and we all had separate tabs for food and drinks. Then we rented some beach chairs. We laid around all day just drinking margaritas, and watching the kids play in the waves. Pretty sure we were all a bit sun burnt by the end (even though we wore sun screen). Around 2 or so we walked down the beach and grabbed some lunch and drinks at a little outdoor beach restaurant. After that we grabbed our bags and headed away from the beach, back to Accra, even though it seemed way too short.

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The trotro ride back was a bit less fun.  I was a bit dizzy from dehydration and was nodding in and out of sleep.  Eventually the tro broke down and we all had to get out.  Thankfully there was 4 of us so we just split a cab back.  We got the price down to 20 cedis total (about 6 dollars) – not bad!  He dropped us at the Accra Mall, we all got groceries… and apparently Christmas season has begun (based on the decorations in the shop). Then we took taxis to our separate homes.

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It was a great weekend (and only cost me about 50 dollars total for everything – food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation).  Not bad for a relaxing getaway, plus it’s only an hour outside the city.  I’ll definitely try to come back (but I only have 5 weekends left before I leave and they’re filling up quickly!).

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About Amanda

Hi, I’m Amanda! Originally from Ottawa, Canada, I am currently living with my partner (Steve) in Sucre, Bolivia for the next year. I work in the unique space between industrial design and international development – but what does that even mean? I’m passionate about working WITH marginalized communities in a way that utilizes design to improve the lives of different types of people around the world. I have worked, studied, traveled, and researched on every continent (except Antarctica), and most recently I lived in Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal. I love exploring new cultures and learning more about myself along the way.
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