Accra is the vibrant, colourful capital city of Ghana. It's a cosmpolitan city with skyscrapers but guests can also enjoy fresh coconut juice from a nice vendor on the corner, or even buy fish and fresh fruit at the local market. There's much to love about this easy-going West African city.
The Canadian Government urges travellers to Ghana to exercise caution. Petty crimes and other offenses may occur, and travellers should always be aware of their surroundings. The government of Canada offers a resource, Travel Advice and Advisories, to educate travellers on conditions in various locations around the globe. Here, travellers can check online for updated information on entry and exit guidelines, specific health conditions and hazards, natural disasters, and where to find help and resources.
Renting a Car in Accra
Most travelers will arrive at Accra's airport, Kotoka International, located only 10km from the city. Avis, Budget, and National have car hire desks inside the airport. There are a number of car rental agencies around the city as well.
Driving in Accra
Driving around Accra is possible, but drivers should be prepared for a high-stakes environment. Some streets are without names, street lamps, or traffic lights, in addition to heavy traffic of all kinds in the city.
Safe Practices While in Accra
Traveling in Ghana is not dissimilar to travelling in other regions. Remain aware of the surroundings at all times and keep valuables close. Dressing conservatively is advised, to avoid attracting unwanted attention. In case of emergencies or if travellers have concerns, The Canadian Embassy in Accra is accessible.
Things to See in Accra
In addition to its rich history, Accra also has excellent options when it comes to dining and entertainment.
Over the 16th and 17th centuries, the Portuguese, Dutch, and English established trading posts at this strategically placed port city. James Fort in Jamestown displays colonial buildings and a lighthouse.
For a traditional local street market, travellers should visit the popular Makola Market. It's a typical flea market — a mixture of colourful fashion, tasty, authentic West African food, fresh fruit and vegetables, and wares for the home. Travellers will often hear the greeting "akwaaba" which means welcome, when encountering shopkeepers and other locals. This is an invitation to look around. Don't be afraid to negotiate for the best price! Knowing a few words in Twi, the local language, always helps, too. Travellers may want to check out Global Mamas, a fashion boutique with dresses, hats, and more, which supports local women. Everything in the store is handmade in Ghana.
For affordable, delicious cuisine, try Khana Khazana, an Indian restaurant with great food and long operating hours. Buka offers great tasting dishes in a stylish setting, while guests can enjoy live jazz at +233, perhaps the best place to listen to live music in Accra.
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