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Holidays in Kotu Beach

Kotu Beach is definitely one of the very best holiday destinations in Gambia. For a wonderful African holiday that’s packed with year-round golden sunshine, a vibrant atmosphere, and a welcoming, rich and varied culture, there’s honestly few better. Located on the Atlantic coast of Gambia, Kotu Beach is a beautiful destination with great beaches, bars, markets and some of the most modern and luxurious hotels you’ll find anywhere in the world. For a unique and memorable holiday in one of Africa’s gems, Kotu Beach is the perfect choice.

30 °C

To avoid the wetter seasons and get the very best of Gambia’s weather, visit Kotu Beach between winter and spring.

6 hours

The nearest airport to Kotu Beach is Banjul International Airport (BJL), 40km away.

Discover the perfect combination of white sands, things to see and great places to eat when you book a holiday to Kotu Beach with Thomas Cook.

Kotu is brimming with an energetic atmosphere and welcoming culture that just begs to be enjoyed to the full. Lovingly referred to as ‘The Smiling Coast’, one of Gambia’s most prized assets is the warmth and friendliness of the local people. There’s a choice of markets, where you can seek out a bargain of impressive, locally made crafts, as well as a range of trinkets that would make great souvenirs and gifts for friends back home. Whilst evening entertainment in the area is usually hotel–based as Kotu Beach is just a small village, a casino can be found nearby so you can get your pulses racing with a flutter.

If you simply love a beach-based holiday then Gambia’s Kotu Beach is the place for you. Sunloungers are easy to find whilst, should you fancy a cool drink, snack or need a new hat whilst you’re laid back, vendors wander up and down the beach selling everything you could imagine. There’s no need to worry though, as Kotu Beach’s vendors aren’t pushy and the vibe is always friendly. The stretch of rich, blue Atlantic alongside the Kotu Beach is usually warm and inviting, with watersports available for the brave, including windsurfing and bodyboarding.

For those who want to get out and about and see a little bit of the real, authentic Gambia then Kotu Beach is perfectly placed. The vibrant capital city of Banjul, with its rich histories, busy harbour and great markets isn’t too far away. But for a slower pace of life, then head to the fishing village of Tanji. And amazing nature trails are everywhere along Gambia’s coastline, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to spend a morning spotting tropical birds and monkeys in Bijilo Forest National Park.

Life in the little village of Kotu Beach revolves around the wide sandy beach, so all the hotels‚ bars‚ shops and a few craft stalls can be found on a single road. So it's easy to find everything on a night out. And this includes a handful of bars and restaurants that prove very popular with holidaymakers from all over Gambia’s Atlantic coast. Kotu Beach’s restaurants really are quite something and their specialty dishes simply have to be tasted. There’s always a delicious 'catch of the day' of fresh seafood. But why not try a spicy Gambian speciality like 'benechin’ stews, made of fish or chicken, rice and groundnut sauce?


Beach Lovers: Kotu’s beach is one of the very best in Gambia with bars, restaurants and plenty to see and do.

Relaxation: The pace here can be as slow as you like, with hot days and cool nights in which to find your rhythm.

Nature Fans: If you’re a bird watcher, then Kotu Beach is a must-visit with nature parks and forests nearby.


Language: English is the most popular language spoken in Gambia’s Kotu Beach.

Currency: The currency used in Gambia is Dalasi (D)

Local time: Kotu Beach has the same local time as GMT/UK time

Fly to: The nearest airport to Kotu Beach is Banjul International Airport (BJL), 40km away

Flight time from UK: 6 hours

Tourist Information: Further Gambia tourist information can be found at

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Gambia.


Temperature: Low-to-mid 30s (°C) all year round

Best time to visit: To avoid the wetter seasons and get the very best of Gambia’s weather, visit Kotu Beach between winter and spring.

Just as the rest of Gambia, the weather in Kotu Beach is a mix of rainy seasons from July to October and drier days throughout the winter.


By bus: Buses should be hired for large groups, tours and excursions in Kotu Beach. They’re definitely the most convenient way to get around, and come in all shapes and sizes, so if you’re travelling with a larger family or as a group they’re a must.

By taxi: Green taxis can usually be found around the entrance to your hotel or, better yet, booked from reception. These local taxis are regulated for your safety, so they’re well worth paying a little extra for, but make sure to agree a price with the driver before you set off.


Roots Homecoming Festival: Every other May, the Roots Homecoming Festival hits the small town of Albreda to celebrate everything uniquely African and educate as well as entertain with music, cultural shows and everything in between. Descendants of Gambia families will travel from all over the world to discover their roots for themselves. The next festival will take place 9-16 May 2014.

Themed Beach Parties: During the spring, Rave About Africa create a season of beach festivals with festivities and glittering events, like a Masquerade Ball and Royal Banquet, to the celebration of Gambia’s national holiday, Bob Marley Day.

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