Why you should visit Port Harcourt.

I can think of a million and one reasons to live in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Aside from the fact that the city is a beautiful place to live in and it offers a different culture, there is so much going on there!

Port Harcourt city (PHC) attracts thousands of tourists a year, making it one of the most prominent cities in the country in terms of visitor popularity. From the people to the places, from the food to the drinks and from the bars to the gardens

You can actually save. There is the rumour that PHC is a very expensive city and things are not really cheap. While there is a measure of truth to this, Port Harcourt is hardly a city you would describe as notoriously expensive. The standard of living is still a little lower than in such cities as Abuja and Lagos and aside from that, food items, clothing, and transportation is quite affordable; you just need to know where to go and how to navigate the city.

You, therefore, do not spend so much catering to daily expenses and you can save for your dream house or goal.

Transportation is easy. You do not necessarily need to have a car when living in PHC since there are easy and well-organized transport system. The transport in PHC is so great, the commuters are calm and enter their choice of a transport system in an orderly manner.

Even better, you can literally walk everywhere. For instance, you can trek from Waterlines to Agip or from mile-1 to Town, everywhere almost close to each other; unlike in Lagos and other metropolitan cities within the country where everywhere is just far from each other and walking could imply suicide.

Active nightlife Nightlife in Port Harcourt is huge. Home to hundreds of pubs and bars, embracing diverse music scenes, PHC is a great night out 7 days a week. A lot of silent places in the daytime suddenly come alive with music and activities that drag night owls from their homes to hubs, joints and hotels.

With numerous live events hosted weekly, you’ll be sure to catch your favourite band on one of the nights. The city is full of wonderful people. The reputation of the PHC people for being hostile to visitors is misdirected.

The city is actually populated by friendly, helpful and open-minded citizens – for the most part – who relish the idea of a more metropolitan and multicultural future for the city.

The Port Harcourt Cultural center is a famous tourist attraction. Located on Bonny Street, it serves as a center for exhibiting the cultural diversity of Port Harcourt and Rivers State as a whole. The center exhibits artifacts that tell the history of the city, and also houses shops that sell copies of these local artifacts as well as African jewelry, home wares, pottery and souvenirs within the center.

Again, with a theater a stage and auditorium for live performance of cultural dance and plays, it holds a huge attraction for visitors. Take time out to see a play at the cultural center and have fun learning new things about the city’s rich culture. The tickets are usually very affordable.

The Port Harcourt Tourist Beach is a man-made beach created along the Kolabi Creek line. The beach is dotted with several open bush bars, restaurants and relaxation spots where seafood and barbecue is served. The beach also hosts informal games of volleyball and beach soccer.

Bole and fish! You may have tasted it in other parts of the country; you may have liked it or you may have hated it. In PHC, however, Bole and Fish, a popular meal among the locals in the city, is a different ball game altogether. With a diverse and exciting array of this delicious cuisine found literally at every corner of the city– and it is wonderful to have it quite literally on tap wherever you go- it is sure to excite your taste buds and give you a reason to stick around.

Marvellous Shopping People in PHC love shopping and as such, you’ll be spoilt for choice with boutiques and Malls strategically positioned around town. Your friends will be dying to come up for a weekend, then you can always head to one of the many lounges or bars to put your feet up after showing off the miles of shopping heaven that is the city.