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Cape Coast

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

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

STC buses pull into the Goil Petrol Station (Pedu Junction), about 5km from the town centre. Buses from and to Accra (from Circle) (C5. 3hrs) and Takoradi (C3, 1hr) go twice a day. There is a daily bus to and from Kumasi (C5, 4hrs).

You can also take a trotro from Kaneshie Station in Accra to Cape Coast (8 GHC, as of June 2013) and Elmina (11 GHC, as of June 2013).

Get around[edit]

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

See[edit][add listing]

Cape Coast castle
  • Cape Coast Castle, Victoria Rd, Cape Coast, +233 57 710 1707, [1]. Open daily 9:00-17:00. It is one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts along the southern coast of Ghana. A guided tour takes 45 minutes. Also castle houses a museum.  edit
  • Fort William, Coronation Road, Cape Coast, [2]. It is situated on the Dawson’s Hill in Cape Coast and was built in 1820.  edit
  • Victoria Fort, +233 33 213 2529, [3]. It was built in 1821 on the site of an earlier fort.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Beach. Hang out on the beautiful beach under the Palm trees and watch the locals pulling in fishing nets and traditional boats.  edit
  • Drumming lessons, (Temptation Art&craft shop), +233 54 647 9944, [4].  edit
  • Global Mamas Cultural Workshops, 20 Beulah Rd, Cape Coast, [5]. Take a Global Mamas workshop on Batiking, Ghanaian Cuisine, Drumming, Dancing or Traditional Headwrapping.  edit
  • Oguaa Fetu Afahye harvest festival, [6]. It is celebrated on the first Saturday of September.  edit
  • Panafest, +233 541 255 020 (), [7]. It is a cultural event, that takes place in the historic location of Cape Coast, in Ghana during July-August every two years. The festival includes performances of theatre, drama, music, poetry, dance and other genres. This beautiful festival has attracted participants from the other continents.  edit
  • Soccer. See the Cape Coast Dwarfs play a soccer match in the stadium[8]. Entrance fee is C3 and it's worth it! The level of play on the pitch may not meet European standards, but the enthusiasm of the fans surpasses those standards easily. Practically all spectators sing along in support of their team, encouraged by drums and other musical instruments. Do yourself a favour though: don't bring any valuables. There is always a risk of pick pocketing in large crowds and you will be feeling uncomfortable with a camera around your neck or your wallet showing through the bulge in your pocket. Do bring some petty cash though, as you probably will want to by some water after a while sitting in the burning sun. Also, little baggies with peanuts and other snacks are being sold by women (and some children...) walking up and down the stands. It can be great fun, although you could be intimidated by a hint of aggression that hangs in the air, but not like hardliners among the fans of some European or South American teams. Intriguing fact though: In the end of the match, the referee is escorted off the field.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Eli Emma. A seamstress on Aboom Wells Road, makes high quality tailored clothes.  edit
  • Gifts. At the booths on the Commercial Road offers better prices for the tourist -- one in particular beautiful jewelery and beads.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

  • Assase Pa, Beulah Rd, Cape Coast (past the Total station towards the hospital), +233 26 779 4433. Restaurant. A wide variety of vegan soups, salads and mains for cedis each. A pleasant walk from the city center.  edit
  • Blue Cheese, (next to the Crab Statue). Restaurant.  edit
  • Castle Beach, +233 24 426 8534. Restaurant  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Jokers Drinking Spot, Garden Street, Cape Coast. Bar  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Brenu Beach Lodge, 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.), [9]. A well-tended private beach, better for swimming than the beaches in Cape Coast. There is a restaurant and bar.  edit
  • Mighty Victory, 43 Beulah La, Cape Coast, +233 33 213 0135 (), [10]. Hotel  edit
  • Prospect Lodge, Kotokuruba (Located on top of Prospect Hill on the top end of the side-street near Cornell Internet Café on Kotokuruba Rd.), +233 33 213 1506, [11]. Located on acceptable walking distance from Cape Coast castle and the beach clubs, Prospect Lodge overlooks the Cape Coast from above, just of the main shopping street. Has a lovely terrace-bar-restaurant with very sweet and good service, although the restaurant service is slow in comparising to their excellent laundry service.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • 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 dailyIntercity STC.


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