Gomoa West District was established in July, 2008 by legislative Instrument (LI) 1896 following the division of the former Gomoa District into two, Gomoa West and Gomoa East Districts. Apam is its District Capital.
Gomoa West District stretches from Gomoa Antseadze in the West to Gomoa Bewadze in the East. It shares boundaries on the West with Ekumfi district, North-West by Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam district, North by Agona East and Gomoa East districts and by Effutu Municipal, as well as the Atlantic Ocean in the south.
The district covers a total land area of 458.5 square kilometers. Apam the district capital is 68km from Cape Coast, the regional capital.
The topography of the district is partially low-lying with land terrain principally being undulating. The average height of the land is about 8,762m above sea level. It has gentle sloping land from south to the north. There are few hills in the forest areas especially in the northern part of the district and low land at the coastal plains in the south. Most of the hills are capped with rich rocks, and Kaolin. Gold is also suspected to be embedded within these rocks. The rocks found in the district are suitable for both building and constructional purposes and can therefore be exploited for the benefit of the district.
The district lies within the semi-wet equatorial region with mean annual rainfall between 1500mm to about 2000mm. It also experiences two raining seasons; the major one from March to July and the minor one from August to October with occasional minor deviation.
During the rainy season there is brief interruption of the sun shine by thick cloud covers, which increases the temperature of the environment. The district on the average experiences an annual temperature of 29 degrees Celsius.
The relative humidity is influenced by the presence of large water bodies as a result of the proximity of the district to the ocean, rivers, lagoons and streams. Relative Humidity ranges from 70 degrees in the northern sector and 80 degrees in the southern sector.