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Kotu Beach

Kotu Beach Holidays

You can take it as slow as you want on Kotu Beach holidays. The town is named after the small stream flowing through its centre that runs out to the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Welcoming environment

Hotels are ideally placed by the coast so that you can make the most of the stunning beach found within Kotu. The region's nickname 'The Smiling Coast' is well earned here with friendly locals on hand to enhance your holiday experience.

The resort is mainly intended for relaxation in the sun but there are activities by the beach and inland too. There is also a modicum of nightlife with vibrant hotel and beach bars staying open late.

You can enjoy the holiday you want in Kotu Beach. Whether it's a laidback getaway or an adventurous and active time, you'll find both in this Gambian beach resort.

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Birds on Kotu Beach

Palm trees, wooden parasols and sunbeds are spread across Kotu Beach making it a dreamy place to bathe in the sun or to sleep in the shade. You can always lay a towel down onto the soft white sands if you don't want to rent a lounger.

While Kotu Beach leads towards Cape Point Beach to the north and Kololi in the south, this is a unique spot as the Kotu Stream breaks up the beach space and also features an array of exotic birds. You may see some of the winged animals hopping around the sands or diving into the Atlantic Ocean to catch some fish.

You can grab some seafood for yourself, or other meals and drinks thanks to the sellers that walk up and down the sands and by the hotels, bars and restaurants that line Kotu Beach.

Kotu Creek

Kotu Stream, sometimes known as Kotu Creek is a serene place to explore. Tour guides offer birdwatching tours down the body of water with many colourful creatures to see.

If you want to make the most of the sunshine and the African terrain, play a round at the Fajara Golf Club. It might not be as green as you're used to but, there are still 18 challenging holes to work your way through. Other sporting opportunities are offered by the larger hotel complexes as well as gym and spa treatments. Others also offer guided tours around the forests, rivers and national parks.

Calm evenings

While there are local snack and beach bars where you can grab your day and night time fill of food and drink, the tourist hotels offer the liveliest source of nightly entertainment on holidays in Kotu Beach.

The Kombo Beach Hotel hosts one of the town's most popular night venues, the Liv Bar. With a stocked bar that serves cocktails, beers, wines and even coffees, you can stay late and enjoy watching the traditional African entertainment that is often performed.

Albert Market in the capital

Shopping opportunities are limited in Kotu Beach with only a couple of small local shops selling handcrafted souvenirs. The Bakotu Hotel is home to a mini-market where you can grab snacks and beach essentials.

Those looking for a vivid African shopping experience should head towards Banjul, where the Albert Market provides rows of stalls displaying hundreds of colourful items and foods.

Outdoor dining

Kotu Beach is filled with some fantastic restaurants and beach bars that allow you to dine on delicious cuisine out in the sun, right by the sand and sea. Ninke Nanka, Kunta Kinteh and Oscar's are three terrific coastal restaurant bars that serve local African cuisine as well as international options.

JD's is a tourist favourite within Kotu Beach where delicious meals are available at great prices. The varied menu should cater for all tastes and you have the option to dine in the shade or out in the sun.

Walking around town

After landing at Banjul International Airport, the drive towards the coast to Kotu Beach will take around 35 minutes in total.

The resort is easy to get round on foot. There are bridges and roads built over the Kotu Stream so you can access both parts of the town. Green taxis for tourists are available from your hotel while yellow taxis are intended for locals but provide better rates.

Best time of year to visit

Holidays in Kotu Beach are best enjoyed between November and May. The temperatures remain above an average high of 30°C throughout the year but these months present minimal rainfall. The tropical showers run from June until October.

The peak tourism seasons run from November until May and this is also when special events are thrown by hotels and by Rave about Africa. One of the biggest annual celebrations is held on May 11, Bob Marley Day when reggae music and local culture combine into one of the best party atmospheres of the year.