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“went to see the old fort/prison which is by the lighthouse”

James Town Lighthouse
Reviewed April 5, 2018

Poor, it is by the fishing port area, expect to be hassled by sellers and touts. I went to visit the fort/prison and it was shut down, but was hassled by locals trying to get me to buy tickets for the light house. I don't appreciate being hassled so moved on. It is a dump down in that area, so not the best place to be wandering about.

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Reviewed March 22, 2018

I wouldn't recommend going to the James Town Lighthouse unless you are in a group. Expect to be approached by a "tour guide" who will make it obvious that you are unwelcome without one. The lighthouse is not accessible and is located in a very poor section of the city. Locals don't appreciate picture-taking.

Thank HuskerAV8R
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

This is a seaside shantytown on the edge of Accra. There is a lighthouse here as well as the decrepit English and Dutch Forts. The shantytown throngs with people and is definitely a sight to experience for travelers from the developed world to get a reality check on the health of humanity around the planet. The tiny living shacks are clustered on the beach and one wonders how badly a rough storm blowing in from the sea would ruin these people’s lives.

Thank Brooklynite_Abroad
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

We were taken by our guide to see the fishing village below the lighthouse. It was full of shacks, fisherman and sellers. Very basic and edgy. Good photos, smelly, interesting. A display of hard working poor fishermen.

Thank slowe11
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

We were on a small tour. The history of the area is rich in history and an important part of Accra even today. The lighthouse is closed but walking around the boats and watching them come in and out to sea with all the activities is amazing. The fish market is worth seeing including watching the smoking of fish. Not recommended to go alone and be careful of taking pictures. Well worth the experience.

Thank Andy W
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