"Ivory Coast" Departement d' Abidjan by nyota13

Departement d' Abidjan Travel Guide: 93 reviews and 171 photos

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I spent a year living in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and it is obvious that it was once a great city. The former Paris of West Africa has been suffering from economic decline and a political stalemate for three years so it is no longer a tourist hot spot. There are still some great restaurants and some fun nightclubs like Havana Cafe and Scotch Club in Zone 4. The beaches in Assinie are amazing and Grand Bassam is also interesting. The Basilica in the administrative capital rivals anything in Europe for grandeur and ridiculous lavishness. It is an interesting and diverse country and if they manage to move beyond the issues that have divided the country, it could be a great tourist destination in the future.

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  • Pros:Beautiful beaches, great food and restaurants, fun nightlife
  • Cons:Political turmoil, police corruption, general insecurity
  • In a nutshell:A More Dangerous Paris in West Africa
  • Last visit to Departement d' Abidjan: Jan 2005
  • Intro Written Sep 3, 2005
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