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Holidays in Cape Point

Cape Point is located on the Southern tip of the River Gambia on the Atlantic coast. The location provides stunning views of the coast, cliffs and the river. The area has a number of low-rise hotels, several friendly restaurants offering a variety of different types of cuisine and a beautiful beach.

As well as being a resort area Cape Point is an exclusive residential area and you can also find the UN headquarters here on a road called Kofi Annan Street. The British High Commissioner's residence 'Admiralty House' can also be found here. Because of this Cape Point is one of the safest places to visit in The Gambia as there are professional security guards patrolling the area day and night.

Cape Point has one of those beaches that is the stuff of picture postcards. White sands, blue seas and lots of hot sunshine and for beach lovers this is the place to be! The relaxed atmosphere here is best described as laid back! Cape Point is fortunate enough to enjoy a sub-tropical climate all year round. The best time to visit is during the dry season from November to May when it is usually sunny every day. The time to avoid is rainy season, which is from June to October.

The beach at Cape Point offers all the usual water sports and there are plenty of vendors selling everything you may need to aide your relaxation. The sea can be unpredictable so pay attention to local advice and the beach flags when considering going swimming in the sea.

Cape Point has in recent times a livelier tourist area with the opening of some larger hotels and in the small town you can find a craft market where you can pick up some great souvenirs. There is a supermarket, shops and several bars and restaurants. For better shopping opportunities head to Banjul or Serekunda where you can pick up wood carvings and silver work, sand paintings, leather goods and clothes. The market at Serekunda is larger and considered to be more 'authentic.' Banjul's 'Albert Market' is a lively market right at the heart of the local community and is open every day of the week from early morning to late afternoon.

Nearby Bakau is a busier town that is just a ten minute walk away. Bakau is your typical, traditional Gambian town with smallholdings and a roadside craft market. You can also find the famous Kachikally crocodile pool in Bakau. This pool is considered to be sacred by the locals with its resident 100 or so crocodiles. Kachikally has become a popular tourist destination for visitors in recent years, with locals believing that the pool has healing powers; the idea being that bathing in the waters can aid fertility, although bathing with the crocs is absolutely not recommended!

From Cape Point you can take a river safari that will take you through mangrove creeks and traditional villages and here you will experience all the sights and sounds of the real West Africa. The birdlife in The Gambia is renowned and keen or amateur bird watchers can visit Cape Creek, which is found on the Cape Saint Mary Road. You could see an array of birds including black kites, ospreys, kingfishers, colourful bee-eaters, sunbirds or Egyptian Plovers to name just a few. The Cape Creek sanctuary has various kinds of habitat including mud flats, mangrove swamps and tall grasses.

The Gambia is generally a quiet destination and Cape Point is not as lively as nearby Kololi Beach - the liveliest of The Gambia's resorts, which is where you should head if you are looking for vibrant nightlife. There is lots of great Gambian cuisine for you to sample in Cape Point's local café bars and restaurants. Chicken benachin (spicy chicken stew with vegetables and rice) is a must as is beef domada, a rice and meat dish where the beef is stewed in groundnut puree. Fresh fish, seafood and delicious local fruits are also readily available. Occasionally, local dishes have a hint of Portuguese, reflecting Cape Point and the surrounding area's colonial past.

Most UK airports fly out to Banjul International Airport although some operators do not fly out all year round, especially during the rainy season between June and October. You can hire cars in Cape Point but if you intend to explore it is probably best to leave it to the professionals as the roads in the Gambia are not the best. Taxis are readily available as is The Gambia's unique taxi-cum-bus method of transport. These taxis stick to certain routes and pick up other customers along the way! The location provides stunning views of the coast, cliffs and the river. The area has a number of low-rise hotels, several friendly restaurants offering a variety of different types of cuisine and a beautiful beach.

As well as being a resort area Cape Point is an exclusive residential area and you can also find the UN headquarters here on a road called Kofi Annan Street. The British High Commissioner's residence 'Admiralty House' can also be found here. Because of this Cape Point is one of the safest places to visit in The Gambia as there are professional security guards patrolling the area day and night.

Cape Point has one of those beaches that is the stuff of picture postcards. White sands, blue seas and lots of hot sunshine and for beach lovers this is the place to be! The relaxed atmosphere here is best described as laid back! Cape Point is fortunate enough to enjoy a sub-tropical climate all year round. The best time to visit is during the dry season from November to May when it is usually sunny every day. The time to avoid is rainy season, which is from June to October.

The beach at Cape Point offers all the usual water sports and there are plenty of vendors selling everything you may need to aide your relaxation. The sea can be unpredictable so pay attention to local advice and the beach flags when considering going swimming in the sea.

Cape Point has in recent times a livelier tourist area with the opening of some larger hotels and in the small town you can find a craft market where you can pick up some great souvenirs. There is a supermarket, shops and several bars and restaurants. For better shopping opportunities head to Banjul or Serekunda where you can pick up wood carvings and silver work, sand paintings, leather goods and clothes. The market at Serekunda is larger and considered to be more 'authentic.' Banjul's 'Albert Market' is a lively market right at the heart of the local community and is open every day of the week from early morning to late afternoon.

Nearby Bakau is a busier town that is just a ten minute walk away. Bakau is your typical, traditional Gambian town with smallholdings and a roadside craft market. You can also find the famous Kachikally crocodile pool in Bakau. This pool is considered to be sacred by the locals with its resident 100 or so crocodiles. Kachikally has become a popular tourist destination for visitors in recent years, with locals believing that the pool has healing powers; the idea being that bathing in the waters can aid fertility, although bathing with the crocs is absolutely not recommended!

From Cape Point you can take a river safari that will take you through mangrove creeks and traditional villages and here you will experience all the sights and sounds of the real West Africa. The birdlife in The Gambia is renowned and keen or amateur bird watchers can visit Cape Creek, which is found on the Cape Saint Mary Road. You could see an array of birds including black kites, ospreys, kingfishers, colourful bee-eaters, sunbirds or Egyptian Plovers to name just a few. The Cape Creek sanctuary has various kinds of habitat including mud flats, mangrove swamps and tall grasses.

The Gambia is generally a quiet destination and Cape Point is not as lively as nearby Kololi Beach - the liveliest of The Gambia's resorts, which is where you should head if you are looking for vibrant nightlife. There is lots of great Gambian cuisine for you to sample in Cape Point's local café bars and restaurants. Chicken benachin (spicy chicken stew with vegetables and rice) is a must as is beef domada, a rice and meat dish where the beef is stewed in groundnut puree. Fresh fish, seafood and delicious local fruits are also readily available. Occasionally, local dishes have a hint of Portuguese, reflecting Cape Point and the surrounding area's colonial past.

Most UK airports fly out to Banjul International Airport although some operators do not fly out all year round, especially during the rainy season between June and October. You can hire cars in Cape Point but if you intend to explore it is probably best to leave it to the professionals as the roads in the Gambia are not the best. Taxis are readily available as is The Gambia's unique taxi-cum-bus method of transport. These taxis stick to certain routes and pick up other customers along the way!

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