The megacity Lagos—the most populous city on the African continent—is Nigeria’s capital and financial centre. It’s happy, colourful and loud, boasting boutiques, beaches, cultural attractions and a thriving nightlife. Take a crash course in the nation’s history, its art and traditional crafts at the Nigerian National Museum, or make the most of the tropical climate with a stroll through Freedom Park, a colonial-era prison turned memorial park and public event space. No matter where you go in Lagos, you can’t help but succumb to the positive energy and happy vibes in the air — thanks, in no small part, to the 21 million-odd local Lagosians.
This small beachside town has transformed from a sleepy hideaway into one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets for travellers in-the-know. Yet it’s still a very wild destination, with jungle-flanked sandy beaches, monkeys swinging from the trees and colourful birds flocking the skies. Several design-forward accommodations with backpacker-friendly pricing have opened in recent years, so we’re sure it won’t be long until Palomino catches the attention of more tourists in the coming years.