a day at the beach

Weekends in Cotonou usually revolve around the beach. This one was no different. There are a few choices for specific beach destination, though. Today we opted for the closest, just a 20 minute drive past seaside settlements and palm tree forests.

Tall trees.

Our destination was a beachfront restaurant with plenty of lounge chairs.

Here we are.

The food is the main attraction. Even non fish eating Andy opts for the fish of the day here.


After eating you can splash around in the water. A few brave people wade out or even surf, but the undertow is far too strong to safely swim with a toddler, much to one certain toddler’s chagrin.

Splish splash.
Let me in!

Want a souvenir to remember your day at the beach? No problem. Dozens of vendors will come right up to your table selling everything from jewelry to baskets to toy chests to swords. Yes, swords.

Need a necklace?

While the beach is a relaxing and lovely way to spend a day for most people, like everything, it’s a little different with a toddler in tow. As our friends relaxed on lounge chairs reading books and magazines, we shielded Flynn from an overeager puppy, shielded said puppy from an overeager Flynn, wiped sand from Flynn’s month, wiped sand from Flynn’s sippy cup, chased Flynn away from waves bigger than him… you get the idea.

We look forward to relaxing when he’s five.

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4 Responses to a day at the beach

  1. Candace says:

    What an optimist you are. At 5, Flynn will be even more active, getting into even more things. You MIGHT be able to relax when he graduates from high school, but there aren’t any guarantees on that, either!

  2. Nathan says:

    I hate to break it to you, but I get the distinct impression that my parents have only begun to relax, 30 years after becoming parents. And last night, Baba was worried that Charley hadn’t gotten any food. So I think you’re in it for the long haul.

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  4. Mara Rae says:

    The beach is SO difficult with a toddler! Glad someone else recognizes that! At least when they’re older you can explain things like drowning. Right now it’s more like, “A dead crab! Yum!” And don’t even get me started on sand in the sippy cup 😛

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