Unlike many African cities, it is quite safe to walk in the main parts of the city and the beach area. There are relatively few beggars.


Credit cards are not accepted in many places - only the very best hotels. Internationally linked ATM's are also not too common. Credit du Congo have a few branches with machines that will accept foreign cards.

There are several FM radio stations all French language, including RFI on 93.2MHz.

Not many people in the town speak English.