Though Lomé is blessed with long wide beaches, most of them are occupied by fishermen, kids playing football, and women doing laundry. Simple bars are the only kind of development on the beaches in the downtown area. You have to pass the harbour, before there are any seaside resorts. The first one is Robinson Plage, 10 minutes drive from Lomé centre, where there are a few low key beachfront resorts. The beach is protected by a small outer reef, making the sea swimable, which is kind of unusually for West African beaches. There are small fishing communities on both sides and the view of the cargo harbour isn't particularly beautiful, but it's a relaxed place to unwind for a few days.