Île de N'Gor, a tranquil island located off Dakar's north shore, is a great place to get away from the hectic streets of Dakar for a short while. There are a few quiet beaches on the bay side, while the northern shore has some world-famous surf. The majority of people stop by for the day to laze on the beaches, stroll through the village's sandy alleyways, and get lunch at a restaurant by the water, but there are also a number of charming guesthouses in the area.
Pirogues leave every hour or so between 10am and 7pm from Plage de N'Gor for the 400m trip across to the island (CFA500, 10 minutes). It's a wet landing on both sides, so wear sandals and prepare to roll up your pants.