Located in the western part of Southern Africa, Angola is bordered by the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, with D.R. Congo also bordering it to the east along with Zambia. Namibia borders it to the south, while a 1,650-kilometer stretch of Atlantic coastline borders it to the west.

Although Angola is located in a sub tropical zone, its climate is not typical of such areas due to the cold current from Benguela running along the southern part of the coast, the highlands in the interior, and the influence of the Namibe desert which is situated southwest. As a result Angola has its own specific climate, with two distinct seasons: the rains, from October to April, and the mist or “Cacimbo” from May to September which is a much dryer season with lower temperatures.

With an Atlantic coastline stretching for over 1,650 kms, mighty rivers flow into wide estuaries depositing sediments they have brought with them from the high plateaus to form numerous small islands, bays and sandbanks and where excellent beaches can be found. 

In Luanda, special mention must be given to the beaches of Ilha do Cabo, Mussulo, Palmeirinhas, Corimba and Santiago. In Benguela there is Morena, Restinga, Caóta, Caotina, Baia Azul and Baia Farta and finally in Namibe, two more, Das Miragens and Azul.

Although the climate is such that the beaches can be visited all year round, it is in fact during the hot season that they are most frequented. The bars all filled and the local music and dancing provide an animated and exotic atmosphere that mixes well with the mystery of the African nights.

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