The capital city is a pleasant mix of historic sites, craft markets, tropical gardens, beautiful beaches, and contemporary architecture. As the region's economic and administrative hub, it attracts international visitors and serves the varied population with hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. African culture is ever apparent at craft markets and art centers, and in the wares of street peddlers. Much of the city feels safe, but rising immigration has led to more shanty towns and stressed services.
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