Saint-Louis for day trippers
Craving a quick trip outside the city? Head 200 miles (320 kilometers) north to the French colonial settlement SaintLouis.
This lively fishing community connects to the historic city center, a small island in the Senegal river brimming with colonial charm. Reminiscent of New Orleans, Saint-Louis boasts boutique hotels, trendy restaurants, galleries and an annual jazz festival.
Don’t miss Senegalese designer Rama Diaw’s boutique, which features colorful and wearable clothing and accessories for women, http://www. ramadiawfashion.com/ .
If you have the time, head farther north to the lush wetlands of the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, another UNESCO World Heritage site.
On your way back to Dakar stop by Lake Retba, Senegal’s “pink lake,” about an hour outside of the capital. The water may appear more murky than rosy depending on the season and time of your visit, http:// www.lakeretba.com/ .