Tourism is picking up in the Ivory Coast, helped by the incredibly friendly and welcoming nature of Ivorians. That’s great news for the country, which had long been a popular beach destination for French sun-seekers. Now Abidjan and the rest of the country are on the way up, and travellers in the know are returning.
Most high-end resorts are outside of the city, promising peaceful surroundings and lovely beaches. Many of them offer the kind of African paradise that tourists crave, with recreational activities like yachting, windsurfing and kayaking.
The country is home to more than 60 ethnic groups, but a basic understanding of French will get you around pretty well.
TimeAbidjan is constantly in line with GMT and has no Daylight Saving Time.
The Côte d'Ivoire currency is the Franc CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine). It is linked to the Euro at 1 Euro = 655.957 Franc CFA. Travellers with Euros get the best rate of exchange.
There are a few ATMs, but some only accept Visa cards. Credit cards are accepted in larger hotels and better restaurants, but most shops require cash.