Cape Three Points

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Coordinates: 4°44′38″N 2°05′20″W / 4.744°N 2.089°W / 4.744; -2.089 Cape Three Points is a small peninsula in the Western Region of Ghana on the Atlantic Ocean.


Nautical chart of Cape Three Points (1869)

Forming the southernmost tip of Ghana, Cape Three Points is located between the coastal village of Dixcove and town of Princes Town, Ghana. Cape Three Points is known as the "land nearest nowhere" because it is the land nearest a location in the sea which is at 0 latitude, 0 longitude and 0 altitude (the distance is about 570 km).[1] It marks the western end of the Gulf of Guinea.[2]


Cape Three Points and ruin of the old lighthouse.

Cape Three Points is best known for its lighthouses, the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure has since become a ruin; however a larger and improved lighthouse was completed in 1921, and is still functioning today.[1]


  1. ^ a b Cape Three Points.
  2. ^ "Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd edition" (PDF). International Hydrographic Organization. 1953. Retrieved 7 February 2010.