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“Great Beach + locals very friendly + good juice and fruit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kotu Beach

Kotu Beach
Kotu, Gambia
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Kotu
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Leeds
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Great Beach + locals very friendly + good juice and fruit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Stopped off at this beach most days for juice or fruit. The locals can seem a bit scary at first but they are just trying to scrape a living and the juice and fruit is good value and as fresh as can be. No tummy problems either.

Walked for miles on this beach (literally) heading south from the Kombo Beach Hotel.

About half a mile south we came to the Kotu Stream (river) that can be difficult to ford. If there are chaps there with a boat just let them push you across as the water can be deep and they'll accept anything you offer by way of payment. One of them kindly picked up and handed back about £20 in Dalasi that I missed falling out of my pocket as I climbed out of the boat.

If they're not around it means its safe to take off your shoes and cross nearer the sea where the water will only come up to your ankles!

Further on we passed the 'Kunta Kinte' bar/restaurant and then the 'Jon Raymond' bar/restaurant both serving good snacks and reasonably priced drinks.

We got friendly with a chap (late twenties) there called Tallo Kandeh (whose job it is to encourage customers into Jon Raymond). Unlike almost everyone else we met he was laid back (not pushy) and we ended up hiring him to arrange trips and escort us to a local school, Banjul Albert Market, Juffrey (the roots village) and the national museum in Banjul. He saved us loads of money against the organised tours, made sure we stayed safe and showed us a side of Gambia that we would not have seen if left to our own devices or Thomas Cook!. We tended to give him a 'gift' depending on how long he spent with us (£3 - £10) and bought his food. Can't recommend him enough and you can contact him on +220 639 9478 or email kandeht@yahoo.com.

Visited January 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“not a beach man but didnt even go next to pool here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

lush beach.. enough said!
just tell juice girls day one- you dont like fruit or massage and will save your time through holiday!!

Visited March 2013
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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“ALL GREAT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

To be honest no problems sand soft sea does have a ripe tide so you have to be careful of that. Easy to get drinks brought to you.

Visited March 2013
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kent
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Fantastic Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Long, long, long, just sand and sea, fantastic.
Walk it, run it or simply sit on it, it is the attraction for everyone.
Lots going on with fishermen hauling in nets, surf boarders, swimmers.
It is the life line of the hotel, and attracts every one.

Visited March 2013
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Bedlington, United Kingdom
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“Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

So lovely here, sat at Destinys most days and never got bothered by anyone unless I asked them over. Sand is soft and warm and the ocean was just the right temperature, had to keep an eye on the waves though as sometimes they were big. Peaceful and relaxing, good access from the beach to craft markets and plenty of bars, did prefer Destinys though as they had security, can't wait to go back.

Visited March 2013
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