Welcome to Pointe-Noire
Congo's second-largest city may be rich in oil and SUVs, but otherwise Pointe-Noire is a sprawling and rather unattractive place (despite its seafront location). Here the shanty towns spread for miles, and in places almost abut the walled mansions of the city's petrochemical classes. Due to the large expat community there's a good choice of international eating options, glitzy hotels and lubricious nightclubs, but there's little reason to visit otherwise, though there are a few attractive beaches outside the city. Most travellers will only find themselves here as a stop off if they're heading north to Parc National Conkouati-Douli.