The 5 most beautiful beaches in Sierra Leone

By tim | Travel

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River No 2 Beach in Sierra Leone

The beaches in Sierra Leone are like paradise with perfect white sand, coconut palms and not yet packet with masses of tourists. 

Bureh Beach

Bureh Beach is not only very beautiful. You'll also find a great Surfspot here.
In the surfclub (Bureh Beach Surf Club) you can rent boards and take lessons from some talented local surfers.

The surfing conditions are very consistent, so you can have a lot of fun.
After the surfsession it's perfect to enjoy some fresh and traditionally prepared seafood that the bar at the club also offers.

It is an 90 minutes trip by car from Sierra Leone on a new build highway on the east side of the peninsula.

On the way from Freetown you will pass through the city Waterloo. The vibrant life in this city is really impressive.
You should try the tasty Casava Bread, which originally comes from here.

River No. 2 Beach

River No. 2 Beach is very famous. It is not too far from Freetown.
There is a parking area in front of the beach and a few small shacks where locals sell different things.

Of course you can also have perfect seafood here.
With it's perfect white sand, the typical African wooden shacks and the beautiful nature it's is like paradise.
Interesting fact: in the '90s a TV advertising for the chocolate bar "Bounty" was shot here.
We have been there once on Sunday afternoon and stayed until the evening. A lot of locals had been there and the atmosphere was really unique and laid-back.

Kent Beach

Kent Beach is a little south of Bureh Beach. You should check out this beauty, too. It's a very wide sandy beach.

It has the closest transit to Banana Island by boat. On the boats they bring fresh seafood, so you have the chance to buy one of the giant lobsters directly from the fishermen.
Here you can have fascinating insights to the live of the fishermen.

Banana Island

This island lays on the opposite of Kent. It consists of three Islands: Dublin, Ricketts and Mes-Meheux.
Going from Kent by boat is the fastest and cheapest way to get there.

You can stay in Guesthouses or a Campsite in the North.
From here you can do some Snorkelling, (Spear)fishing or make a guided trip through the Island. 
Banana Island was a Bastion for slave trading from the end of the 17th century. 
You can still see some sights from this time there.
The best beach is Big Sand Beach in Dublin.

Lumley Beach

This lively city beach lays on a road going south for about 5 km from the northern tip of the peninsula (where the transfer boats from the airport arrive).
There are a lot of Restaurants, Bars, Hotels and some Nightclubs along the beach.

So this is a perfect location for a sundowner and a bite.

Sierra Leone Travel Guide

Further information

For more info about visiting Sierra Leone we highly suggest the Travel Guide "Sierra Leone" by Katrina Manson and James Knight.

  • Practical Information for all aspects of your holiday 
  • Detailed info about all provinces including maps
  • Deep insights in local culture

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