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*'''Cape Coast Castle''' is one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts along the southern coast of Ghana. A guided tour takes 45 minutes and costs 4$ for students.
 
*'''Cape Coast Castle''' is one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts along the southern coast of Ghana. A guided tour takes 45 minutes and costs 4$ for students.
 
*'''Elmina Castle''' is one of West Africa's oldest slave castles. Besides a guided tour, there is an on site restaurant, bookstore, gift shop, and a small museum inside the renovated Portuguese church within the castle. There is an admission fee as well as a minimal fee for taking pictures.
 
*'''Elmina Castle''' is one of West Africa's oldest slave castles. Besides a guided tour, there is an on site restaurant, bookstore, gift shop, and a small museum inside the renovated Portuguese church within the castle. There is an admission fee as well as a minimal fee for taking pictures.
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*'''Portuguese church''' in the court yard of the Elmina Slave Castle has been converted into small museum devoted to the history of the slave trade in West Africa. It is a nice place to spend some time before beginning your tour of the castle.
 
*'''[[Nzulezo]] Stilt Village''' in the middle of a lake is at least 2 hours away. Must See!
 
*'''[[Nzulezo]] Stilt Village''' in the middle of a lake is at least 2 hours away. Must See!
 
*<see name="Brenu Beach Resort" alt="" address="Brenu Akyinim" directions="Take a tro-tro from GOIL/Pedu Junction along the Accra-Takoradi road towards Takoradi.  Get off at Ayensudo junction, then hire a taxi from the main road to Brenu Beach." phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A well-tended private beach, better for swimming than the beaches in Cape Coast, only a 15-20 minute Tro-Tro ride away.
 
*<see name="Brenu Beach Resort" alt="" address="Brenu Akyinim" directions="Take a tro-tro from GOIL/Pedu Junction along the Accra-Takoradi road towards Takoradi.  Get off at Ayensudo junction, then hire a taxi from the main road to Brenu Beach." phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A well-tended private beach, better for swimming than the beaches in Cape Coast, only a 15-20 minute Tro-Tro ride away.

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Cape Coast castle

Cape Coast is a city in the Coastal Plain region of Ghana.

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Get in

  • Bus: you can use Metro Mass or Intercity STC [1] from Accra, Kumasi or Takoradi
  • Tro-Tro: it takes 2.5 hours from Accra (Kaneshi Station) to Cape Coast. A Ford Tro-Tro with A/C costs 5.5 Gh¢.

Get around

Taxi is the best way and is very cheap by western standards. Especially shared taxis are very common in Cape Coast.

See

  • Cape Coast Castle is one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts along the southern coast of Ghana. A guided tour takes 45 minutes and costs 4$ for students.
  • Elmina Castle is one of West Africa's oldest slave castles. Besides a guided tour, there is an on site restaurant, bookstore, gift shop, and a small museum inside the renovated Portuguese church within the castle. There is an admission fee as well as a minimal fee for taking pictures.
  • Portuguese church in the court yard of the Elmina Slave Castle has been converted into small museum devoted to the history of the slave trade in West Africa. It is a nice place to spend some time before beginning your tour of the castle.
  • Nzulezo Stilt Village in the middle of a lake is at least 2 hours away. Must See!
  • Brenu Beach Resort, Brenu Akyinim (Take a tro-tro from GOIL/Pedu Junction along the Accra-Takoradi road towards Takoradi. Get off at Ayensudo junction, then hire a taxi from the main road to Brenu Beach.). A well-tended private beach, better for swimming than the beaches in Cape Coast, only a 15-20 minute Tro-Tro ride away. There is a restaurant/bar on premises which offers a great variety of Ghanian and International dishes for 5-10 Gh¢. Camping/rooms are available. 1 Gh¢ entry fee for the day. Website

Do

Hang out on the beautiful beach under the Palm trees and watch the locals pulling in fishing nets and traditional boats.

Take a Global Mamas workshop on batiking, Ghanaian cooking, fishing, and/or dancing. globalmamas.org

Buy

Ele Emma, a seamstress on Aboom Wells Road, makes high quality tailored clothes. Prices are approximately GHC20,00 (U$19,00 - Aug2008) for a shirt.

During the tour of the Elmina Slave Castle, they bring you to a bookstore within the castle filled with reasonably priced books on the castle itself, slavery, important black leaders, and even some books on Ghanaian culture (the Ghanaian cookbook is worth a look). If you need more time to browse, return to this bookstore after the tour.

Commercial Road has many great booths for small gifts-- one in particular has beautiful jewelery and beads. This, along with other stands along the road, offers better prices than the tourist stores in the Castle, and supports local economy.

Eat

The main street has many good eateries.

Cape Cafe on Commercial Road has great cheap food. With a friendly atmosphere, quick service, full bar, and a menu of both Western and Ghanaian food, it is a favorite of both tourists and locals.

Further along, just to the right of the fork in Commercial road (the crab monument), Ant's Rastafarian Health Food Store is a gem for vegetarians-- smoothies, veggie dishes, and even tofu are available there.

There is a restaurant inside the Elmina Slave Castle, but it's recommended that you eat elsewhere. The food is average, and you'll spend most of the meal swatting flies.

Walk in the alley way next to the right of Malcom. Then make your first right into the smaller alley. Then your first left past the fruit stand. And you will find a hidden local market. In here you'll find the best fou fou lady in town.

  • Janet's Grilled Cheese, next to Ocean View Internet (between the Crab Statue & the Castle, just next to Ocean View Internet towards the Crab). Janet's, advertising "Ghana's best Grilled Cheese," does not serve your average grilled cheese sandwich. Sandwiches are made with Laughing Cow cheese, a fried egg and chopped onions/peppers/tomatoes on fried bread. Delicious and cheap.

Drink

Excellent Outdoor Bar with traditional dancing and fire eating up the hill along the beach.

Sleep

Hostels/Guest Houses towards the beach are good quality and some have lovely roof bars also.

Get out

Tro-Tro's can be caught in front of the GOIL station (just West of Pedu Junction) along the main Accra-Takoradi Road.

Intercity STC buses can also be caught from the same GOIL station. The ticket office is on the second floor of the building just next to GOIL to the left. There are several departures to Accra and other locations daily. Intercity STC

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