The West African countries of Benin and Togo are largely off the map for both surfers and travellers. The two tiny nations, home to voodoo and friendly beachbreaks, offer a tropical climate and consistent, uncrowded surf potential. Whilst both destinations are unlikely to warrant a surf trip on the quality of their waves alone, for visitors to neighbouring Ghana, Benin and Togo offer an escape into a unique and magical culture. The Beninese/Togolese coast is made up of a series of steeply shelving beaches, almost entirely backed by lagoons that themselves sometimes play host to floating villages. The best waves break where a natural or manmade feature creates sandbanks, breaking up the endless shore-pound.