Eleko Beach, near Lagos ©
The best beach for Lagos-based visitors is Eleko Beach, located one hour away from Nigeria's frenetic economic heartland. It's clean, has good waves and is a welcome relief from the grime and congestion of the metropolis. Currently it is free of the traders and hawkers that can irritate visitors on beaches around Lagos Island. To get there, head out east on Lekki Expressway for about 19 miles (30km) and turn right at the Total petrol service station.