Blighted by recent conflict but bejewelled by beaches and rainforests, it would be a shame to sidestep Cote d'Ivoire because of its baggage.
Yamoussoukro (or Yamkro, as it's affectionately dubbed) isn't exactly its country's cultural epicentre, but it is worth a stop here, if only to marvel at the oddity of the capital that was built on the site of former President Felix Houphouet-Boigny's ancestral village.
Grand Bassam is the historical capital of Ivory Coast under French rule. You still find beautiful architecture, old houses of worship and the Cathedral du Sacre Coeur. It's a touristic town, and besides tourism and fishery, pottery is a main source of livelihood which is produced and for sale at the Centre Ceramique.
San-Pedro is a city in southwestern Ivory Coast. It is the nation's second largest port and the seat of Bas-Sassandra District and San-Pedro Region. It is also a commune and the seat of and a sub-prefecture of San-Pedro Department. In 2014, it had a population of 261,616, making it the sixth-largest city in the country.
This town is also called the capital of the Senufo country. Senufo people inhabit a large area of West Africa currently divided among three countries: Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. From the north, Senufo region begins close to the city of San in Mali, to the south, to the city of Dabakala in Cote d'Ivoire.
Tai National Park is a national park in Cote d'Ivoire containing one of the last areas of primary rainforest in West Africa. It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the breadth of its flora and fauna. Five mammal species of the Tai National Park are on the Red List of Threatened Species: pygmy hippopotamus, olive colobus monkeys, leopards, chimpanzees and Jentink's duiker.