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.
Freetown’s party playground is Lumley Beach – its white sands fringed by cool cafés, bars and eateries, hotels and swaying palms. Visitors can spend the evening enjoying a soul-stirring sunset with a refreshing drink, watch the fishermen coming in with their catch or get stuck into a game of beach football with the locals.
Discover Krio history in the charming fishing village of York where remnants of freed slaves who settled here remain, such as the slaves’ cave, the Portuguese stone bridge, King’s Yard and architecture reminiscent of the houses of the time in the American South. Nature lovers will equally delight during whale season when migrating humpback whales and dolphins settle in adjacent Whale Bay.
No. 2 Beach
A popular choice for Freetown locals escaping the city over the weekend, No. 2 Beach is the ultimate beach leisure destination on the Western Peninsula. As the river estuary threads its way across powdery white sands into the Atlantic, beach lovers can spend the day or overnight relaxing in paradise. Accommodation is rustic and restaurant facilities serve up local favourites and refreshments for guests. Be sure to buy one of the local curios at the craft market as a memento of your visit.
Perched at the tip of the Western Peninsula, Aberdeen is a popular haunt for Freetown locals and expats who love its up-market restaurants and tourist facilities.