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What advice is there for a first timer visiting Bijilo?

Known as ‘the smiling coast’ the people of The Gambia are very friendly and most speak English (The Gambia is a former British colony). Eating out is highly recommended and there are many restaurants in the tourist resorts offering a variety of cuisine. It is customary to tip service workers in the Gambia, 10% is very much appreciated.

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Do I need to take Malaria tablets if I'm travelling to Bijilo?

Guests travelling to The Gambia should ensure courses or boosters are up to date. Courses or boosters usually advised are Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid and Yellow Fever. Other vaccines to consider are Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Meningitis. Malaria precautions are essential and guests should use insect repellents on exposed skin. Check with your doctor or nurse about suitable antimalarial tablets.

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Is it expensive in Bijilo?

The Gambia offers great value for money. On the whole prices of everyday products are much cheaper than the UK and other euro zone destinations. A bottle of Julbrew (the nations favourite beer) is less than £1. A three course meal can start from as little as £5 in a budget priced restaurant, rising to £10+ in mid-range and £15+ in a top-range hotel. A bottle of water will cost approximately £0.40.

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Can I surf in Bijilo?

Surfing is not a popular sport in The Gambia and only few people go here to surf. Whilst the water currents are strong one should not expect huge waves.

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Is Bijilo a good place to spend Christmas?

The Gambia at Christmas and New Year is very popular due to the basking sunshine. Larger hotels will offer great Christmas and New Year gala meals and provide excellent entertainment including local bands and African dancers. Flights sell out quick at this time of year so it is recommended that guests book early to avoid disappointment.