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Though the smallest region in Ghana, Accra is by far the most densely populated. Founded in the 17th century, the city became an important Dutch port and the administrative capital for the British Gold Coast.
Because of its long and colourful history, Accra is home to many significant cultural and historic sites, including Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, The National Archives of Ghana, Osu Castle, the WEB DuBois Memorial Centre, the National Museum, and the Artists' Alliance Gallery.
Jamestown is the oldest part of Accra, and is a busy harbour and fishing centre. The best time to visit is early in the morning, when small fishing boats bring in the day's catch. After that, visitors can explore old buildings like the lighthouse, customs house, and the old colonial fort.
For a relaxing day spent enjoying the Ghanaian sunshine, the most popular destination in Accra is Labadi Beach. The short stretch of sand is situated between two luxury hotels, and offers swimming and sunbathing, and local entrepreneurs provide everything from food and souvenirs to pony rides and dancing shows. A small entrance fee is charged for the beach, and a slightly higher rate includes access to the pool and sauna at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.
Accra is a growing metropolis, and there are several shopping malls and plenty of trendy restaurants to suit any taste. Osu, one of the city's suburbs, is a popular restaurant and nightlife hub in Accra, offering a wide variety of restaurants and bars around Oxford Street.
Accra lies just above the equator, and therefore enjoys a typical tropical climate. The only marked season is a rainy season. Temperatures in the country are constantly high, ranging from a low of 70°F (21°C) in the coolest month of August to a high of 100°F (38°C) or more in March. Humidity adds to the discomfort during the rainy season, which is in April, May, June, September and October. The 'harmattan', a dry desert wind, affects Accra in January. The best time to visit Accra varies depending on desired activities, but generally speaking the dry months between November and April are the best because they are slightly less hot and humid, the roads are in better shape, and there are fewer mosquitoes. During these months the harmattan may blow but the wind helps reduce humidity which can be a relief.
Taxis are plentiful in Accra and can be hailed directly from the street. They're unmetered, so travellers should be prepared to negotiate the fare before getting into the vehicle; taxi drivers are notorious for trying to overcharge foreigners. Shared minibus taxis (tro tros) travel along set routes around the city. They're the cheapest and most popular means of getting around Accra, but not always the safest due to poorly maintained vehicles and erratic driving habits. Tro tro drivers will usually have an assistant who will yell out the destination as the tro tro approaches a stop. Car hire is available at the airport, and it's possible to hire a vehicle with a driver, which is often the best way of travelling around the city.
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