Dakar’s main beaches include the Plage Bel-Air and the N’Gor and Yoff. Other good beaches within reach are Toubab Dialao and Yenn, which are well known for their spectacular red cliffs. Many of the beaches provide opportunities for snorkeling. However, care should be taken due to the possibility of undertows. Some of the most beautiful beaches are in the Yoff area but you should choose carefully. The nicest of the small beaches near the capital are on N’Gor Island. The beaches are only a short canoe trip from the village of N’Gor (not far from Les Almadies) where various watersports are available.
The Petite Côte
South of Dakar, the Petite Côte (Little Coast), which stretches for some 150km (94 miles), is one of Senegal’s best beach areas. The Petite Côte sees a succession of fine, sandy beaches and lagoons intersected with picturesque fishing villages. Further to the south brings you to the beaches of Mbour, Pointe Sarène and Mbodiène which house a panorama of immaculate beaches covered in oyster and clams shells.
Approximately 8km north of Mbour is the resort of Saly where you will find fishing centres, windsurfing, jet skiing, water-skiing, snorkelling and scuba diving available from the beach. The ocean is warm and clear and the air, cooled by gentle sea breezes rarely exceeds the upper 80's, perfect weather to play tennis or volleyball on the beach.
Cap Skiring, has countless hotels along what are generally considered the country’s best beaches lined with coconut trees. Located along the Casamance river, Karabane can be found, a sandbank covered in vegetation, palm trees, coconuts, baobab trees, cheesemongers and mango trees.