The country's best beaches
Tahet el Rih is a public beach in Anfeh, 68km north of Beirut. Known as the Mykonos of Lebanon, it bears the hallmarks of a typical Greek village, with charming white and blue colored chalets. If it were not for the Lebanese flags dotted along the seafront, you'd be fooled into thinking you were in another country!
Despite the rocky shore and narrow space, the water is a beautiful shade of blue. Grab your beach bag and head to one of Anfeh’s restaurants, Chez Fouad (70 830117), 3al Ba7er (70 554417), Salim Sur Mer (03 330472), Paralia Bar (78 955811) or Istirahet el Khal (03 306585), to enjoy a delicious fish mezze and direct access to the sea.
Joining (03 517492) is a hidden spot on the rocky shore of Batroun, which boasts a quaint seafood restaurant. Simple and welcoming, it is an ideal place for a tasty meal and a breathtaking view.
Cloud 59 (03 517996), one of the several simple public beach huts spread along the stunning sandy shore of Tyre (Sour), is the perfect place to take a dip and chill out with a cold drink.
Located on Beirut’s famous Corniche, Madame Bleu (01 366222), formerly known as La Plage, is a luxurious yet simple urban swimming destination. Offering a variety of food options, Madame Bleu is designed to attract the city-life lovers, with its mid-century American style décor. The majestic Mediterranean view, coupled with the posh crowd, makes it a great place to soak up the sun in the capital.
Accessed via a private underground walkway, the Riviera Beach Lounge (01 373210) is one of Beirut’s most popular beach clubs. If you’re after a fun and lively spot, you’ll love the weekend pool parties.
The Saint Georges Yacht Club and Marina (03 958379) has been around for decades and remains a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Nestled in the prestigious Saint Georges Bay, visitors can sunbathe while admiring the incredible yachts just feet away.
Located at the southern end of the Corniche, Sporting Club (01 742482) boasts a natural rock formation below the beach club and a magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is trendy, low-key, and a great option for a lazy day in the sun.
Lazy B (70 950010) is a tranquil getaway in Jiyeh, a 30-minute drive south of Beirut. With three swimming pools, a sandy beach, natural creeks, Lebanese and Italian restaurants, and a playground area for kids, it is a perfect choice for families.
Perched on the unspoiled shores of Batroun, White Beach (06 742505) attracts families, with its unique white rocky shore and crystal clear water. There are a number of watersports on offer too, including kayaking and windsurfing.
Damour Beach Resort (76 883737) is a great and convenient option, just 20km from Beirut towards Saida. It features an incredible infinity pool, private huts suitable for families, and a kids’ playground.
Set in Tyre, the Rest House (07 742000) is a secluded resort, with a vast sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Exotic coconut leaf parasols provide ample shade for families, and the overall feel of the place is calm and serene.
LUXURY RELAXATION & WELLNESS
The Mandaloun Beach Club (03 405060) may not have access to the sea, but it does boast a majestic swimming pool, a popular restaurant and upscale décor. Located in Dbayeh, just outside of Beirut, it’s a convenient choice to avoid the traffic reaching resorts further along the coast.
Orchid Beach Resort (Jiyeh, 03 040420) and Orchid Beach Lounge (Batroun, 71 949404) completely redefine the traditional beach experience. For adults exclusively, Orchid is geared to those looking to relax and unwind in comfort. If you're searching for an extra dose of luxury, you'll love the bungalows, which come with their own private jacuzzis.
Situated on Byblos’ sandy coastline, Eddésands Hotel and Wellness Resort (09 546666) is a sprawling upscale property that has been satisfying beach lovers since it opened. With its indoor and outdoor tropical spas, Eddésands is exotic in nature and unique in style.
Laid back yet quietly sophisticated, Iris Beach Club (71 533318) is an adults only resort in Damour. The resort has an outstanding infinity pool, cabanas, lounges, and private jacuzzis. In addition to hosting DJS during the day, Iris also collaborates with top entertainment companies like Uberhaus to organize sunset events, such as the famous “Electric Sundown.”
An 18-plus resort in Byblos, C Flow (03 039703) has a large pool at its heart, with a bar overlooking the sea. Uptempo music plays all day long and several events take place there throughout the summer season. Head over on a Sunday for the regular beach party and dance the day away.
Praia (03 806806) in Zouk Mosbeh welcomes its guests with two circular pools connected by an impressive internal bar. The venue hosts beach parties throughout the summer.
BATROUN’S HIPSTER BEACH BARS
June (70 553399) is a new beach resort, which overlooks the glistening Mediterranean Sea from the top of a hill in Amchit. The venue hosts performances by young acoustic singers and bands on summer nights in a warm and familial atmosphere.
Kaptn (78 988988) was the first beach, restaurant and bar on Batroun’s coastline. It was made unique thanks to its island, reached via a rocky passage from the shore.
Located just next to Kaptn, the famed Pierre & Friends (03 352930) is known for its summer beach bar parties, where the crowd dances to the beat of Arabic, French, and oldies music.
Ô-glacée (06 741841) is the hippest beach bar in the area. With its ice-cold natural pool and crystal clear water, Ô-glacée offers its easygoing guests a simple and chilled out experience, as well as access to kayaks and windsurfs.
DOG FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS
Jiyeh Beach officially allows dogs on weekdays and often on weekends too. The unpretentious beach has a clean sandy shore and friendly staff.
Beach 45 (03 926614) in Rmeileh welcomes dogs on any day of the week. Its relatively large beach area will give you the priceless pleasure of running around with your furry friend.
Other dog friendly beaches include Pierre & Friends and June.