Along Dakar’s, Senegal’s capital city, northern coastline, and before the vast, wild Atlantic Ocean lies Yoff Beach.
For the 90,000 inhabitants of Yoff, Dakar’s largest town (commune d’arrondissement), Yoff Beach is not just their beach: the place where they’ll spend their idle hours swimming or lying on the sand: but the center of their public life, rather.
All along its great length, Yoff Beach is constantly teeming with life.
This is where Yoff’s mighty fishing fleet of lively painted and often inscribed with verses from the Quran, elegant boats will rest throughout the passive part of the day; waiting for their owners to lead them past the raging waves out into the open sea.
This is where vendors of every kind, dressed in their colorful garments, will be either sitting or rambling along, trying to get rid of their sundry merchandises, day in day out.
This is where Yoff’s youth will come to train and have fun: swimming, jogging up and down the beach, and turning the entire beach to an accumulation of successive football fields every afternoon.
This is where the heart of Yoff town is beating, and no visitor in Dakar should neglect to pay a visit to.
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