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30 Most Popular Beaches in Nigeria to Visit on a Budget

Nowadays, I would not mind spending all day on the beach if I could. Thankfully, Nigeria has so many beaches to explore. Here are the most popular beaches in Nigeria to visit on a budget.

The weather has been at the hottest lately, and all I want is to be surrounded by a body of water. Whenever I air out this thought, many people also share the same sentiment. 

However, whenever I talk about going to popular beaches in Nigeria, some people argue and say all the beaches are in Lagos. Are they really? Yes, Lagos has a lot of beaches, but Nigeria has lots of beaches in each region, and I know that it isn’t only in Lagos you would find a good beach. 

But, since many people seem not to be aware of beaches in other states, I will also be sharing them in this article. These are not just popular beaches, but beaches that you can visit on a budget. 

most popular beaches in Nigeria

Below are the must see beaches in Nigeria as a tourist. Whether in Nigeria for short stay or traveling for work, you need to see this beaches.

I love these beaches as they are luxurious yet on a budget. Let’s dive right in.

Tarkwa Bay Beach, Lagos 

Tarkwa Bay stands as one of the most popular beaches in Lagos as it has been around for a long time. This beach is in a remote location and can only be accessed by boat. However, it is popular for its water spots. 

I’ve been to this beach a lot and can tell you that it is one of the safer beaches for swimming in Lagos. Its remote location also makes it the perfect spot to unwind. It is a great place to visit as an individual, and also perfect for families. 

Elegushi Beach, Lagos

I doubt there’s anyone living in Lagos that hasn’t heard of Elegushi beach. Yes, you might have not visited this place, but you have heard people talking about it. I would say it is the most popular beach in Lagos state. 

This beach is owned by the Elegushi royal family. Aside from its cultural history, it is also known for its vibrant nightlife, music concerts and food. There is never a dull time when at this beach.

Eleko Beach, Lagos 

If you’re looking for a quiet beach to visit in Lagos state, then Eleko beach is your answer. It is a quieter alternative compared to most of the beaches in Lagos. 

One thing I love about Eleko beach is the art dominance. When at this beach, you will see several small local art shops around. I am always leaving the beach with a new souvenir! It is the perfect spot for visitors interested in local art.  

Finima Beach, Rivers

This beach is situated in Bonny Island, Rivers state. Asides from the beach, there is also a nature park close to it. So, it is almost impossible to visit the beach without going to the nature park as well. 

It is known for its beauty and serene environment. Many people say that they do not want to leave when they visit it. It is a perfect location for nature lovers. 

Oniru Beach, Lagos 

Although it is a private beach, it is also one of the most popular beaches in Nigeria. I would say that this beach is a bit more elevated than others as the beach is part of the Oniru estate. It is a great networking spot as well. 

There are lots of modern facilities at this beach and you’ll have fun on the volleyball courts and lounges. Visiting this beach is always worthwhile.

Alpha Beach, Lagos

Personally, I haven’t visited Alpha beach. However, I hear a lot of good reviews about it, and it stands as one of the most popular beaches in Nigeria. I also hear that some people try surfing at this beach as it is known for its rougher waves. 

From the stories I hear, there are lots of activities to do at this beach, and it is always an adventurous experience. I will check it out soon! 

Atican Beach, Lagos

Those who have been to Atican beach would admit that it is a place to visit. If you ask for beaches that I would always visit without a second thought, you can be sure that Atican beach would make it to my list. 

There is something about the ambiance of this place that makes it comfortable and enjoyable. It also stands out for its cleanliness. I like that they have accommodation facilities. This way, I’m usually not in a rush whenever I go there. It is a suitable location for weekend getaways. 

La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Lagos

I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re humming the lyrics of Asake’s Joha while reading this. Yes, I am also humming it while writing this part of the article. If you’ve never been to LA campagne Tropicana, what are you doing?

Even those who haven’t heard of this place or been to this beach before have definitely heard about it from Askae’s song. Indeed, it is one of the most popular beaches in Lagos. Not only is it a beach, it is an actual resort. 

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive beach experience, this is the place to visit. Trust me, it is an experience you have to undergo for yourself. At the end of your stay, you wouldn’t want to leave. 

Landmark Beach, Lagos

I like that this beach is in the heart of the city and I can easily go there when I want, unlike the ones in remote locations. It is located in the heart of Victoria Island and known for its clean sands. 

Landmark beach also offers a variety of watersports and beach games. Irrespective of when you visit this beach, it is always bubbling!

Ibeno Beach, Akwa Ibom

Ibeno beach is home for both young people and families. It is famous for its long sandy stretch and a great place for community sports. There is always a certain sense of vibrancy at this beach and you will get drag into one game or the other. 

You will also get to experience great beach parties at Ibeno beach. Due to its vast expanse, it is the go-to location for large group activities.

Bar Beach, Lagos

Back in the day, this was the most famous public beach in Lagos. For those who have lived in Lagos for a while, I’m sure you’ll be smiling while reading this as you can remember some of the stories associated with the beach. 

Today, it is now quieter, but still retains its charm. It is a great place for leisurely strolls along the shore. 

Coconut Beach, Badagry Lagos

Wondering why it is called coconut beach? It is because the beach is lined with coconut trees. Taking a trip to this beach would be visiting the historical town of Badagry. It is a great opportunity to explore the town while enjoying the quietness of this beach. 

The local market at this beach is one of its unique selling points. I love that I can buy unique local items at the market and still have the opportunity to haggle prices with the locals. It is a great way to connect with the locals and learn their local culture.

Patigi Beach, Kwara

There are lots of fish-related activities to do when you visit this beach. It is located in Kwara state, along the river Niger. If you love fishing or will love to learn, you have the opportunity to do so when you visit this beach. The locals would be more than happy to have you. 

The views at this beach are next to none! You might also be lucky to visit during any of the local festivals. Trust me, you will have a swell time. 

Iwopin Beach, Ogun

Did you know that there’s a beach in Ogun state? Now you know! If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of your regular life, this is the place to visit. 

Although it gives off rural vibes, that does not affect the fun you’ll have when you visit. This beach is a place to make lots of memories. 

Oguta Lake Resort, Imo

Have you been to Oguta lake? When you visit this place, it is impossible not to notice that the lake has two colors. There is the green and brown water, and they never mix! The story says that the rivers were two divorced people. 

One thing about me is that I enjoy hearing these interesting stories from the locals whenever I visit a place. While primarily a lake, the Oguta resort has a small beach and lots of recreational facilities. I know you will enjoy yourself the same way I did.

Otuogu Beach, Delta

Looking for a place to have a picnic or hang out with friends? This is the perfect place to visit. It is a popular spot for picnics and traditional fishing activities. This beach gives visitors a taste of the local life. 

From the food to the music, the people, and more, you may not want to leave when you visit this beach. 

Kuramo Beach, Lagos

Kuramo beach stands as one of the most popular beaches in Nigeria. It has an active presence and unique wave sounds. However, you need to be cautious while at this place due to its strong currents.

Halemson Beach, Lagos 

Sometimes, all you want to do is enjoy the presence of a water body without a lot of people. This is what this beach presents. It provides a private and secluded experience for those looking to unwind away from crowded spots. 

Now, the fact that this place is private and secluded doesn’t mean you’ll have less fun. In doubt? Visit it and find out! 

Whispering Palms, Badagry

The beauty of this beach is almost unmatched. Anytime I visit whispering palms, I always take out my camera as there is always something to capture. There is always a permanent smile plastered on my face whenever I’m in that environment. 

This place is more than just a beach. It is a location that includes a resort with numerous leisure activities. 

Akodo Beach, Lagos

Once you step into this place, you can tell that it is well-maintained. It instantly puts you in high spirits as your energy bar increases. It is a perfect place to hang out and have fun. As a plus, the beach tends to be a safe environment. So, you can let go of your worries. 

Suntan Beach, Badagry

If you’re looking for a hotspot known for its vibrant atmosphere and array of recreational activities, Suntan Beach is the place to be. With its lively ambiance and diverse offerings, Suntan Beach promises endless hours of fun and excitement for visitors of all ages.

Yes, it is not free to get into this beach. However, I love that after paying the entrance fee, you have access to the beach huts for free. 

Gberefu island Beach, Badagry

Also known as the point of no return, this beach is ideal for those interested in history and nature. It provides a serene environment for anyone to reflect and relax. In addition, this beach is also naturally beautiful and a sight to behold!

After you explore this beach, check out other fun things to do in Badagry Lagos as a tourist.

Oron Beach, Akwa Ibom

Although there isn’t a high influx of people to this beach due to its location, you can be sure to have peace and quiet while there. The beach offers serenity and is also near the Oron museum. You can also decide to enter the Oron beach market while there. 

Oron beach gives you the perfect opportunity to unwind that you deserve!

McCarthy Beach, Delta state

I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t heard about this beach people. It is a quieter alternative to some of the city’s busier beaches. It is a great sport for those looking to enjoy the seaside without too much fanfare. 

One thing about this place is that it is easy to lose track of time while there due to its wide range of activities. 

Ifoko Beach, Port Harcourt 

One thing that stands out about this beach is that it is within a welcoming community. The locals are friendly and will always want to give you a tour. 

The beach also has a natural charming beauty that appeals to anyone. When you visit this beach, you will never run out of activities to do. 

Redline Beach, Lagos

Redline beach resort is known for its laid-back atmosphere and budget-friendly entry, this beach is a great place for family outings or just a quiet day by the water. It is also a great place to meet and interact with others as it presents a healthy environment to nurture friendships

Brass Beach, Bayelsa

You will need to embark on a short boat ride to access this beach. However, once you get there, you will wear an unbeatable smile. 

The beach presents a quiet atmosphere for relaxing or fishing. You will also mingle and mix with the locals and have great conversations. 

Santa Cruz Beach, Lagos

Once you get to this beach, there’s a sense of safety and security that sits within you. This is because you can see the security features put in place. It makes this beach suitable for both families and solo individuals. 

There are lots of facilities and activities at this beach. What matters is that you have the energy to keep going. You’re sure to have a great time. 

Araromi Beach, Ondo 

If you’re looking for a beach with great views and the best picture spots, this is the place for you. Its calm waters gives it a more natural feel that translates to an untouchable beach experience for you. 

Although less commercialized, you will find an activity to do while at this beach. 

Lighthouse Beach, Lagos

Of course, you will see lots of photographers at this place as its views are always giving. It gives you the perfect backdrop at any time. 

In terms of entertainment, it also has a lot to offer. Visiting this beach will always be worth your time.

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