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The 11 Best Beaches in Lagos, Nigeria

From private beaches to luxury beach resorts, Lagos beaches have it all.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populated nation, and Lagos is its most populous city. More than 24 million people call this collection of lakes, lagoons, sandbars, and islands home. Named by the Portuguese who first arrived in 1472 (Lagos means “lakes” in Portuguese), it is a cultural force that’s dynamic, energetic, and cacophonous. Streets burst with enviable fashions, tech hubs, hawkers of aromatic cuisine, and Afrobeat sounds. This mega city certainly impresses but it also stresses. Good thing then that there are dozens of beaches in Lagos to escape from the hustle and bustle. Here are the best Lagos beaches to bookmark for your next trip to Nigeria’s social, economic, and entertainment heartland.

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Atican Beach

Loved for its white sand and well-maintained environment, Atican is a well-known beach in Lagos State. Facilities include a play area for children, a swimming pool, and convenient lodging for those looking to spend the night. If you’re feeling peckish, a restaurant and a bar are also available where you can sample quintessential Nigerian delicacies, including the famous spicy meat or chicken skewers called suya. As one of Lagos’ far-off beaches, it is less crowded than most others. While the entertainment activities are limited, you can sit back and watch the tides or settle down in a quiet spot to get work done—the ideal getaway for digital nomads.

INSIDER TIPUnless you are staying around the Lekki Ajah axis, it will take quite a while to get to Atican Beach, especially due to Lagos traffic. Setting off early is advised.


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Eleko Beach

Seek solace at Eleko, a Lekki beach that’s family-friendly and typically less crowded than other sandy spots on the peninsula though the number of visitors does tend to swell on weekends. Sun and fun seekers come here to enjoy horse riding, sports, and kayaking. Let your hair down and tuck into some refreshments like grilled seafood—prawns, crab, and juicy fish—or savor the taste of tropical life with fresh coconut juice hawked on the beach. This private beach in Lagos also has bamboo huts where visitors can get some shuteye, and don’t forget to browse for souvenirs at the local arts and crafts market. Eleko Beach lies off the Lekki-Epe Expressway on Eleko Beach Road, which is about an hour’s drive from Lekki Phase One.

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Elegushi Beach

Elegushi Beach is one of the most flocked-to beaches in Lekki. It’s a lively Lagos beach where the water roars and the sand bubbles with activities, restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, Ferris wheels, savvy vendors, you name it. Elegushi Beach has also famously hosted COPA Lagos, a world-renowned beach soccer tournament. While you can have oodles of fun there, don’t swim too far into the ocean to avoid the riptides. Elegushi Beach is situated around the Ikate area of Lekki, a 10-minute drive from the Admiralty Toll Gate.

INSIDER TIPElegushi Beach is usually busy, especially during weekends and public holidays.


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Oniru private beach is located in the upmarket Victoria Island district. A gaggle of celebrity-owned restaurants lends glamor to this sparkling white sand strand, and it’s a prime spot for equestrian adventures. Sit back, relax, and watch the riders gallop past as you enjoy a fresh coconut, grilled fish, or other local delights served at the restaurants. The option is also to rent tables, chairs, and umbrellas instead of going into the bars.  

INSIDER TIPIf you plan to spend the night around this beach, there are several hotels here on Victoria Island.


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Tarkwa Bay

There are natural, artificial, private, and public beaches in Lagos and Tarkwa Bay is one of the most popular ones. If you only visit one beach in Lagos, make it this one. Tarkwa Bay is a true oasis, an artificial island located near the Lagos Harbour that’s only accessible by boat or water taxi. The beach is scenic and pristine, and the 15-20-minute boat ride also provides cherishable views of Lagos from the water. You can obtain transportation there from Victoria Island, the Lagos Marina, or from any number of terminals on Lagos Island. Upon arrival, there are activities galore. You can play football, volleyball, or swim; the shallow waters are ideal for novice swimmers. Tarkwa Bay is also the best beach in Lagos for surfers to catch a wave.

INSIDER TIPFood and drink choices might be limited when you arrive, so feel free to bring supplies. Also, items may be overpriced here, so if you decide to buy or rent beach paraphernalia like huts, chairs, or umbrellas, haggle until you get a price you are satisfied with.

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Whispering Palms

Escape from it all with a trip to Whispering Palms, a peaceful beach resort on the outskirts of Lagos in Badagry, where guests enjoy everything from salsa lessons to cocktail-making classes and have access to tennis and basketball courts. Badagry is a coastal town and local government area that connects Nigeria to the neighboring francophone nation, Benin. You can get there by road, though this could take about three to four hours (depending on the part of Lagos you are coming from), or get there by boat or ferry within 50 minutes. There are several attractions close to Whispering Palms to explore, including the Badagry Heritage Museum, the Town of Badagry First Storey Building, and the historical Point of No Return slave route.

INSIDER TIPBuying or renting items like huts, chairs, or umbrellas might be a tad overpriced at the resort, so consider bringing your own.

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La Campagne Tropicana

Not many hotels can lay claim to having a lagoon, mangrove forest, and over 65 acres of white sand beach with swaying palms. La Campagne Tropicana is one of the best beach resorts in Lagos, where guests can spend their days kayaking, horse riding, swimming in outdoor pools, or relaxing in tree houses, and retire at night to rooms that showcase African interior designs and décor. It is located at Ibeju-Lekku and can be accessed from Lekki Epe Expressway off the highway at Ikegun.

INSIDER TIPLa Campagne Tropicana is far from the cheapest beach in Lagos. As this is a luxury resort, lodging and entry fees (for daycations) are higher than other Lagos beaches.

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Lekki Leisure Lake

Lekki Leisure is the best private beach in Lagos to visit for water sports. This calm beach offers great outdoor activities, including jet-skiing, quad biking, and pedal boating. There are sumptuous restaurants and even a bouncing castle for kids. This family-friendly destination takes safety very seriously, so parents with children will be more comfortable coming here. Adults pay a gate fee, and kids under ten go free.

INSIDER TIPBringing food and drinks are not permitted, so you must purchase anything you want to eat. Be sure to bring sufficient cash with you.

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Ilashe Beach

Ilashe is one of the private beaches in Lagos, with a variety of chic villas that can be rented for overnight stays. There are some luxury resorts as well. Ilashe is a peaceful paradise along Badagry Creek with no street names or house numbers. Places to stay include Barva Beach Lagos, La Manga Luxury Resort, and Casa Ilashe Resort. Visitors can get there via a boat ride from various jetties in Victoria Island, Ikoyi, or Lekki Phase One.

INSIDER TIPThere are no restaurants or food joints on Ilashe, so if you stay overnight, be sure to bring food and anything else you will need.


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Landmark Beach

Victoria Island’s Landmark Beach may be viewed as a beachside activity emporium. It is ideal for playing tennis, soccer, volleyball, basketball, or mini golf. Paintballing is on the cards as well. There is also a bevy of food stalls and three beach clubs—Island Breeze, The Truth Beach Club, and Hangout Lagos, where beachgoers can dine and dance under the Lagos sun.

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Jara Beach Resort

The word “jara” in Nigeria refers to a bonus or extra gift. Give yourself the gift of beach bliss by visiting Jara Beach Resort, one of Lagos’s loveliest beach resorts. This is a family-run all-inclusive hotel in Eleko that also offers day passes to enjoy the palm-fringed grounds. The white sand beach is a sight for sore eyes, and there’s a swimming pool as well for sand-free dipping. Jara Beach Resort is praised for its commendable attempts at sustainability, with more than four wind turbines and solar panels powering the property.

INSIDER TIPJara Beach Resort does not accept walk-in visits. All day passes must be booked in advance.