One of the great things about living in Monrovia is that you are never far from the beach. Liberia has some 350 miles (560 kilometers) of Atlantic coastline. During the dry season, it’s easy to hit the beach every weekend if you want to. There are several halfway decent beaches just on the outskirts of the capital. But, if you are willing to travel a bit further, the effort will pay off. Just a couple weekends ago, we drove the three hours to Robertsport, northeast of Monrovia in the direction of the Sierra Leone border.
The beach just outside of Roberstport lives up to the stereotypical postcard image of an African beach – a few hand-carved dugout canoes pulled up on the surf’s edge; a deserted stretch of white-hot sand that burns your bare feet under the mid-day sun; a rustic lodge with standing tents that are elevated on stilts; local fisherman hauling in their nets and selling their fresh catch in plastic buckets; a woman carrying a load on her head under the leaning palm trees.
Another thing you might not have conjured in that mental image is… surfers. It just so happens that Robertsport is the surfing capital of Liberia. Yes, you read that correctly – Liberia is actually a surfing destination for the intrepid surfer. Roberstport hosts an annual surfing competition. Far out, dude.