What to do and see in Cape Coast, Ghana: The Best Places and Tips

December 25, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Cape Coast, or Cabo Corso, is a city and fishing port, and the capital of Cape Coast Metropolitan District and Central Region of south Ghana. Cape Coast is situated on its south to the Gulf of Guinea. Cape Coast had a settlement population of 169,894 people (2010 census). From the 16th century until Ghanaian independence, the city and fishing port changed hands between the British, the Portuguese, the Swedish, the Danish and the Dutch.
Restaurants in Cape Coast

1. Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast, Ghana +233 24 474 1678
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4.5 based on 467 reviews

Cape Coast Castle

This 16th-century trading lodge now contains the Museum of West African History.

Reviewed By Adrianna M - Hong Kong, China

Our guide, Justice William Acquah (Kobena) was absolutely fantastic. His passion and knowledge are unparalleled. He was approachable and humble about the information he knew, and was more than happy to share and dive deeper into conversation and meaning. Kobena would be a great guide for both the historically aware and those looking to be taught.
The experience itself was extremely sobering, it's hard to put into words, to be honest, I'm still processing it. What I know for sure is that the experience was a necessary one and one that everyone can gain something from.
Highly Recommend.

2. Kakum National Park

Cape Coast, Ghana +233 50 129 1683
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4 based on 565 reviews

Kakum National Park

This forested parkland makes for a great day hike with fantastic views, especially from the wooden suspension Bridges that soar a hundred feet overhead.

Reviewed By Pierre F - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

We actually hired a driver and car specifically to visit this park before going back to the coast and head towards Kumasi. We only had a couple of hours at our disposal so we went for the much-advertised "Canopy Walk". Unfortunately we were deeply disappointed as it had nothing to do with Nature (reduced to a back-drop only) but was just a brief entertainment like at some Tivoli. Moreover, the guide didn't seem to very interested or knowledgeable about the forest. When the canopy walk-way was built in the 1990s it may have been kind of innovative - but today there are so many other destinations (outside of Ghana) which have succeeded in combining elements of adventure with close-to-Nature experience and learning. Those places are well worth the visit but not this one. Time for Kakum National Park to rethink the concept, explore other examples - and decide how to go forward!

3. Global Mamas Cultural Workshops

Cape Coast, Ghana +233 24 453 0467
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5 based on 17 reviews

Global Mamas Cultural Workshops

We offer a verity of cultural workshops that will submerge you in Ghana's rich culture. Our many workshops can be organized at your convenience. We offer, Batiking, Drumming and Dancing, Ghanaian Cuisine Workshop, Head-wrapping, and in our Odumase-Krobo location Bead Making. You are welcome to experience the tastes, colors and sounds of our beautiful Ghana.

Reviewed By Moniek_Accra - Accra, Ghana

We had a great time taking the cooking workshop and the drumming/dancing workshop. The workshops are an excellent complement to visits to the Castles in Cape Coast and Elmina. Esi, the cooking instructor, is fantastic. The class is held in her restaurant in the middle of town. She is quite entertaining while also being an effective teacher on how to make some classic Ghanaian dishes. We took the class in the morning and then ate the food for lunch. The class was over 3 hours long – but the time flew by. The drumming/dancing class was held on a pavilion overlooking the ocean, an amazing spot. The workshop starts with dancing. Mary, our instructor, was pleasant as well as a great dancer and very patient. You need to let loose to enjoy the dancing. Drumming was taught by Alfred. It is hard to appreciate good drumming until you try it. He managed to get us on track – also a very patient person.
Our group was split on which class they liked better -- since both were quite fun.

4. International Stingless Bee Centre

Odumase Abrafo | 2km South of Kakum National Park, Cape Coast 233, Ghana +233 20 085 9619
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

International Stingless Bee Centre

The International Stingless Bee Centre (ISBC) is a sanctuary for stingless bees and a place of environmental education and ecotourism. Many people do not know about stingless bees, especially African species, nor have many sampled their honey, pollen and propolis, delectable activities offered at the ISBC. In addition to beekeeping, the ISBC also serves as a station for international research.

Reviewed By V_Goodwin_1

This is really worth a visit if you are an environmentally concerned person. It is a little pocket of tranquility. Richard is clearly very passionate about the bees and how they can be used for more sustainable agriculture, and gives a very informative presentation. He keeps the bee hives and garden immaculately. You can touch the bees, as they are completely harmless, and taste honey. Ghana needs more of this.

5. Monkey Forest Resort

Kakum National Park Road, Cape Coast, Ghana
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4 based on 56 reviews

Monkey Forest Resort

Reviewed By FactChick - Montreal, Canada

Loved my visit to the Monkey Forest. Initially I was not going to go because I thought it would be a tourist trap but what a surprisingly wonderful experience. Tons of great photos. Don't where any "bling" or carry a water bottles. They will snatch them away in an instant. Spectacular walk in the forest. So well done! Don't hesitate to do this while in Ubud. Give yourself about 1 hour or less depending on photo ops. Cost was about $5 Canadian.

6. Global Mamas Fair Trade Shop

Beulah Road, Cape Coast, Ghana +233 55 661 5809
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Global Mamas Fair Trade Shop

Global Mamas offers unique apparel, accessories and home goods for people who love living life in full color. For more than a decade, we have been creating the highest-quality goods using the talent of skilled craftswomen, local knowledge, and deep sourcing relationships. Our entire organization is fully embraced in Fair Trade principles as we improve the economic outlook for the women of Ghana.

Reviewed By CarlyMaria - Guelph, Canada

I visited this shop on their grand opening and was very pleased! It is quite similar to their Accra shop, with great gifts and clothing items. The staff were friendly and helpful, and I love that the products are all fair trade! Definitely worth the visit.

7. Ghana Home Tours - Private Tours

Pedu Main Street Road, Cape Coast, Ghana
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Ghana Home Tours - Private Tours

Cape Coast Walking Tours is a full tour guide service specializing in personal tour guiding to any tourist attractions in cape coast, are you looking for little more adventure, a little more relaxation, a little more culture or history tour, Cape coast Walking Tours is the right place when it comes to personal and professional tour guiding attractions.

Reviewed By Chandra H - Atlanta, Georgia

I would like to take this opportunity to note...if you really want to experience an exciting Ghanaian Cape Coast historical tour; I suggest you contact BEN! He is a very knowledgeable, dependable, and experienced in Ghana's most celebrated and historical sights. Ben can arrange almost everything to help make your vacation a painless and exciting experience. He specializes in arranging full service accommodations such as hotels, restaurants, airport transfers, lodging and most of all educational tours to golden Kumasi, ( Ashanti ) region; Cape Coast and Elmina West African slave fortresses. I highly recommend you email him at [email protected] gmail.com as soon as you decide to take your African journey.


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