Gambia surrounds you with beautiful scenery and picturesque beaches with golden sands and clear blue waters. Couples, families and backpackers will all enjoy Gambia as it has something to offer everyone. People with special interests such as bird watching will also enjoy the country and its 540 different species. There are over 30 miles of beaches in Gambia making it the beach lovers paradise. Bijilo, Cape Point, Kololi and Kotu offer some of the best beaches. There are a number of hotels available in Gambia at a high standard. Hotels in Gambia are graded on a 1-5-star basis and offer all-inclusive, half-board and self-catering.
Gambia is a brilliant destination for spotting wildlife. Bijilo Forest Park is open all year and is perfect for wildlife spotting. Other places to try are Baboon Island and Abuko Nature Reserve. The River Gambia is another brilliant natural spot filled with exotic flowers and wildlife. Banjul is where you will find a number of museums giving you an insight into the culture and history of Gambia. A lot of shops can also be found here. Water sports are always popular and Gambia is no exception. You can try jet-skiing, water-skiing, paragliding, scuba diving and snorkelling. Boat trips along the River Gambia come highly recommended and are a great way to spot monkeys on the river banks.
A lot of western food is available in Gambia as well as traditional Gambian food to ensure that everyone is catered for. There are nightclubs and bars in some resorts, however Gambia is not somewhere for you to party all night. Many performances are conducted in the evening, including traditional dances and fire-eating. Banjul's Albert Market is the perfect place to find souvenirs and things such as handmade jewellery.
Gambia offers brilliant weather all year round, with temperatures rarely falling below 30°C. From February to May, you will get around 10 hours of sunshine a day and May will also bring you the warmest temperatures. Along the coast of Gambia, you will find cooler temperatures as the sea breeze brings down the levels of humidity. There is rainfall in Gambia but it is very warm and clears up very quickly. Most rain falls between June and October, with November to May being dry. When the rain does fall, it is normally in the evenings and for very short periods of time. August is the wettest month in Gambia.