Sierra Leone is home to many beautiful beaches that are worth visiting. The Freetown Peninsula is home to some of the most beautiful, pristine, and well-serviced beaches in the country. The nearby Banana Islands and Turtle Islands are also home to other beaches that you can enjoy. Here are some of the best beaches in Sierra Leone:
- Big Sand Beach, Dublin Island: This is one of the Banana Islands and a great place for a day trip out of Freetown. It is home to a small, interesting village, a good guesthouse (more of a glamping site, really) complete with a nice restaurant, and a couple of nice beaches. Big Sand Beach is by far the best. Go there to relax in the sun, find shade under a palm tree, swim, snorkel and dive. You can even contract a boat to go fishing if you want! 1
- Bureh Beach, Freetown: This is one of the most popular beaches in Freetown on the southern side of Freetown Peninsula. It has one of the best surfs in the country (though you are better off keeping your expectations low!), and it’s home to Bureh Beach Surf Club, founded by Shane O’Connor, an Irish man who created the surf club from scratch with the help of the local community and funds and equipment mostly coming from donations. The beach is backed by mountains and fringed by palm trees. You will find a couple of good fish restaurants serving fish caught daily by the local community of fishermen1
- Lakka Beach, Freetown: Located in the Freetown Peninsula about 17 km (10 miles) from Freetown, Lakka is a small coastal town home to one of the best beaches in Sierra Leone. The golden sand is great for a walk, and the derelict buildings right on the beach are fun to photograph. The beach could do with a bit more cleaning – but it’s generally good. You will find a couple of good seafood restaurants too1
- Levuma Beach, Freetown: Probably the busiest beach in Freetown, Levuma is a nice long sandy beach clean for the most part. The large pavement is a nice place to run along; and located on the beach you will find many hotels and some excellent restaurants. There’s a volleyball field and even a market. It’s a major nightlife hotspot at the weekend – expect blasting music, lots of traffic and noise. It’s an overall fun place to be! 1
- Tokeh Beach, Freetown: Tokeh Beach is where you will find The Place – probably the best resort in Freetown located directly on the beach. About one hour drive from the actual city, this is a nice beach with fine white sand – a place loved by both tourists and locals 1.