Western Peninsula Beaches
Golden and white sands fringe the Atlantic along Sierra Leone’s Western Peninsula. From Lumley Beach on the edge of Freetown to the Banana Islands, beach loving locals and visitors adore the laidback tropical lifestyle they encounter here.
Lumley is the main urban beach in the capital, located in the northernmost part of the Freetown Peninsula. The beach especially comes alive during weekends, when locals visit to go swimming, jogging, play beach volleyball or just spend time on the beach. It’s also a popular nightlife destination, with many restaurants and beach bars.
Combine culture, history and wildlife with beach time on a visit to York Beach, close to the town of the same name in the central part of the Freetown Peninsula. Learn about Krio culture and the legacy of the slave trade, and marvel at humpback whales during the yearly migration.
River No. 2 Beach
A world away from the Freetown traffic, River No.2 is a little corner of paradise, a white powdery beach fringed by palm trees, where the emerald waters of a river meet the turquoise Atlantic Ocean. It’s a place to get away from it all for a couple of days, eating with your feet in the sand and staying right on the beach at River No.2 guesthouse, run by the local community.
Located just north of Lumley Beach, Aberdeen Beach is famous for its upscale hotels and restaurants, and for being the easiest place to escape the hustle and bustle of Lumley while staying in Freetown.