Marantha Beach Camp
Ada Foah, Ghana
Teeming with frenetic energy, Ghana’s coastal capital is a honeypot for a new breed of clued-up creatives, entrepreneurs and surfers. In partnership with Corona, our #ThisIsLiving guide to Accra takes you from barefoot beach hotels to secret street-food havens, plus for a stroll in a botanical garden smack-bang in the middle of the city.
04 January, 2022
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Creative, fiery and full of vitality, Ghana's buzzy capital may not win any prizes for its looks, but what it lacks in beauty, it makes up for with a whole lot of soul. Nestled on the country's southern coast, with tendrils that poke out into the Southern Atlantic, Accra attracts an eclectic crowd of visitors year-round for its cerulean-blue coastline, booming live music and up-and-coming street-food scene.
Fast gaining traction as the next big surfing destination, Accra's waves have been gaining the attention of a cool crowd of surfers in recent years - the swells at popular Kokrobite Beach are only a 45-minute drive from the city centre. It's a picture-perfect scene for wave-riders: think rolling surf, very few tourists and a bevy of beach shacks serving up fresh-out-of-the-ocean seafood and ice-cold Corona on tap. In short, this is world-class surfing without the crowds. This is living.
No stranger to the bounty of Accra's coastal offering is Sandy Alibo, the founder of Surf Ghana, a youth surfing collective and social enterprise that teaches surfing and skateboarding to young people in Ghana, driving diversity, social inclusion and youth empowerment.
Having grown up in France with parents from Martinique, Sandy had always had a yearning to learn more about her ancestry by travelling to Africa. When she finally arrived in Accra, she fell in love with the city and decided to stay. Befriending a handful of local surfers and skaters on her first trip, Sandy quickly realised the galvanising power of these extreme sports to connect communities and took it upon herself to create an initiative that would take this one step further.
Making use of the contacts she had made while working in brand marketing in Europe, Sandy founded a not-for-profit organisation that would create a counter-culture platform for the city's youth surfers and skaters. Fast-forward to 2021, and Surf Ghana is now jointly responsible for the creation of Accra's first state-of-the-art skate ramp and cultural exchange centre.
In celebration of the city's electric surfing scene, and of our partnership with Corona, we sat down with Sandy to talk through her favourite places to sleep, eat, and drink a beer in Accra.
Ada Foah, Ghana
Dadebu Road, Accra
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