Best Beaches of Benin

by Benjamin Kerns

Apr 5, 2018

Obama Beach, Benin © Derejeb |

Tips / Destination

The majority of Benin’s population lives along the country’s southern coastline and once you catch a glimpse of some of its breathtaking beaches you’ll probably understand why. There aren’t many of them, but what exists certainly helps make Benin a prime travel destination

Grand Popo

Grand Popo beach isn’t the largest beach in Benin but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful. Small crowds and a quaint atmosphere combine to make it the perfect African getaway. Watersports are popular in the area and the waves are never too heavy, so it’s a great place to spend a day in the ocean without worrying about a wipeout. The town itself has plenty of cozy places to eat and enough shopping to keep you busy.

Fidjrosse Beach

Fidjrosse Beach is one of the largest near Cotonou and is easily accessible from the city, making it the ideal destination for travelers in town for only a day or two. It can get pretty crowded at night and the current is often too strong for swimming. However, if you’re simply seeking nice views and an assortment of bars to chill at then few places offer better options than this one.

Obama Beach

Obama Beach is one of the most well-maintained beaches in Benin, which is why you’ll have to pay a small fee to enter. The sands here are incredibly clean and there are often a variety of games to play, including volleyball and occasionally surfing when the winds are right. Its location near the airport and the American Embassy makes it perfect for most travelers.


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