Yemi had been whining all year long that he needed a beach day. He moved to Abuja last year and having lived in coastal Lagos all his life, he had missed the sand between his toes and ocean views. Before the lockdown, I had heard from the grapevine that there were going to be interesting developments at Landmark beach. I had heard there were plans to turn the entire stretch of beach into an all-inclusive waterfront experience with vendors of all kinds, activities and entertainment, like they have at Venice beach or Miami beach.
Our tickets cost ₦2,000 ($5.07) each and they were easily booked online on the landmark beach website. An email confirmation was sent and this enabled us to receive access bands which got us past security, a very tidy process. The beach is huge, but thankfully they have tricycles aka "Keke" that take you around. Even with this, it was still difficult to pinpoint where the rest of the party was. I wish they could split the area into zones so it makes finding ourselves easier.
We decided to rent a picnic table (seats 4) for ₦2,000 ($5.07) because after some quick maths, it made the most sense to us. We were 5 and renting a cabana (which seats 8) would have cost ₦25,000 ($63.35) and the lounge chairs (which seats 1), cost ₦3,000 ($7.87).
The beach is really stunning! The white sand, the calm water and the skyline that looks like it could have been painted creates a very picturesque scene. It's not overly windy but there's a cool breeze constantly blowing and the waves gently slap the shores in the most inviting manner. You can enjoy the serenity of the ocean sounds or if you're like us, bring your speakers.
We had quite a jolly time and this didn't seem to slow down even when the sun went down. Landmark is open till 10pm and because it's so secure, people keep the party going till late - there's something surreal about the beach at night.
We had begun to get hungry at this point so we ordered some suya ₦4,500 ($11.80) and plantain ₦1,500 ($3.93) from one of the vendors. This was the only disappointment of the day, take a look for yourself. I find the pricing very obscure and the food wasn't even special.
We moved on quickly from the meal and walked around a bit till we came across giant jenga, limbo and tic-tac-toe. If you know, they're the most fun played inebriated and that was how we capped off our almost perfect beach day. Yemi is lucky he has friends like us.
Landmark Beach has a myriad of activities like volleyball, paintball, jet skiing so here is a list of all that. I really like the idea of going to a beach where everything is available for you including free wifi. It beats having to carry stuff, however I feel like the pricing of the food and activities are way too steep.
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