Where else can you sit under a thatched cabana, enjoying a cool Julbrew, The Gambia’s local beer, while watching crocodiles laze in the sunshine?


Calypso Beach Bar at the far eastern edge of Cape Point Beach is one of my favourite watering holes in The Gambia. It’s the perfect place to unwind any time of day. Heron’s stand on the bank unfazed by the crocodiles beside them. Kingfishers dart into the water in search of their supper, while monkeys play in the trees overhead.

Dining at Calypso Beach Bar and Restaurant

There’s a good choice on the menu to suit most tastes with a range of international dishes, some African dishes and a few vegetarian options. I’ve always found the food and service to be very good. The steaks and fish are both excellent and the Julbrew well chilled. I particularly like the light bites such as prawns in filo pastry, spring rolls, chicken satay and garlic bread. I’ve heard the cocktails are superb, but I’ve never tried them myself. The prices are a little higher than some other restaurants and bars, but I still think it’s a good value for such a fabulous setting.

And on Sunday afternoons and some evenings you can also enjoy laid back live jazz.

A gentle breeze from the nearby ocean cools the air, and you feel like you are a million miles away from civilisation when in reality you are just a short walk from the resort of Cape Point and next door to one of the best beaches in The Gambia. Calypso is the kind of place you pop by for a quick drink or meal and end up staying for hours.

When I’m away I rarely sit still but relaxing here is easy! I could sit here for hours.

The black and white Pied Kingfisher sitting on a branch in The Gambia

Location: Cape Point Beach, Bakau
How to get there: Take the lane running down the eastern side of the Ocean Bay Hotel on Cape Point Beach.
Telephone: +220 992 0201
Facebook: Calypso Bar & Restaurant