Accra is the capital city of Ghana. It is part of the Greater Accra region. Initially, the capital city of the British Gold Coast was Cape Coast. However, in 1877, it was replaced by Accra which became the new capital. The Lafa stream acts as the western border of Accra.

Accra had an urban population of 2.27 million as per statistics that were taken in 2012. The metropolitan population as of 2010 was 1,665,086.

Tourism is a vital part of the Economy of Ghana. It is the tourist hub of the Greater Accra Region receiving about a million tourists annually as of 2011. Some of the tourist attraction sites are the great variety of hotels, monuments, nightclubs, and museums. Some of the five-star hotels in Accra are the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Labadi Beach Hotel, and La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. Other tourist destinations include the National Museum, National Theater, the Black Star Square, Accra Center for National Culture, Ussher Fort, and Osu Castle.

The climate of Accra is tropical savanna. It receives an average rainfall of 730 mm during Ghana’s rainy seasons. There are two wet seasons in Ghana. The main occurs from April to mid-July while the shorter period falls in October. The rains usually come with intense storms which cause local flooding. March is the hottest month in Accra having temperatures as high as 29.6 degrees Celsius. On the contrary, the coldest month is August with a temperature of 25.9 degrees Celsius. Additionally, Accra is located close to the equator. Consequently, the daylight hours are equal throughout the year.

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