The capital of Ghana, Accra (pronounced ah-CRA) is a pleasant coastal city of 2 million people located 125 mi/200 km southeast of Kumasi.

The city, which was the capital of the British Gold Coast from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, is a lively display of old and new culture, architecture and history.

If you want to escape the noise and hustle of the city, there are pretty beaches nearby at La and elsewhere along the road toward Tema. Kokrobite in particular is charming and the tiny oceanside village also has some of the country's liveliest drum and dance performances.

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