Where to eat
For location and ambience, it’s hard to top the Castle Beach Restaurant adjacent to the castle. It’s an atmospheric spot with dark-wood platforms and wide green bamboo screens, with several areas giving diners good sea views. There’s a lengthy menu of coconut curries, stir-fries and seafood dishes.
Main courses GH¢12-25.
This little place is the base for the fundraising arm of the Baobab Children Foundation. There is an excellent little shop stocking all manner of eco-friendly, fair trade and recycled goods, including cosmetics, art works and fine kente cloth. It has an adjoining vegetarian snack bar with dishes of tofu, salads and fruits, many from its organic farm. The organization also has five rooms in Cape Coast.
Where to stay
This rather singular property lies around 10 minutes along the road to Kakum National Park. It’s notable principally for the crocodiles that patrol its lake (and occasionally its bar-restaurant), but there’s plenty of passable accommodation on offer, and its location makes it a haven for birdlife. There’s a wide mixture of chalets, double and family rooms available to ‘experience the joy and comfort of a sleep’. There’s also a gift shop, conference facilities, restaurant and bar (main courses GH¢6-18).
Double from GH¢35; chalets GH¢75-200.
The Mighty Victory Hotel is a decent option for those in search of mid-range accommodation – a double with fan goes for US$25, while those with air conditioning are US$40 a night. All rooms have a TV and shower. There is room service and a restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s also a bar, gardens, conference suite, wheelchair access and internet access.
This is probably the most upmarket hotel in Cape Coast since the closure of Eshu. Billed as three-star, this is a comfortable option with 29 air-conditioned rooms and cable TV. Four of the rooms are suites. There’s also a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and grill, shops, internet café, business centre, fitness centre, secure parking and conference facilities.