Sunset in Grand Popo

Photo by Lynsey McGarry

Photo by Lynsey McGarry

Benin’s most developed tourist beach destination is Grand Popo in the southwestern part of the country, near the border with Togo. The beach is lovely but swimming in the ocean here (and elsewhere in Benin) is difficult because of a strong undertow. Jen and I went in for 10 minutes but gave up after ten minutes of being thrashed by waves and pulled by the undertow. Few Beninese people go in the ocean or know how to swim. The object that looks like a partially beached whale on the left side of the photo is a rock.

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