Summer is here and what is best than spending the day on the beach swimming or tanning.
In theory and in Lebanese law, all beaches should be public and free for all; no one is allowed to controll the beach part of a certain land. But unfortunately in Lebanon, laws get bend, people seem to forget their rights, what's wrong become the norm and suddenly you find that people get surprised when they see you fighting for your own right, you see them living in the wrong like it is the wonderful life they’ve been looking for.
Another sad thing that we The Lebanese People are responsible of, is the garbage that fill most of these beaches. I really do not understand why should we leave this beer bottle on the beach when we leave. Why is it fun to break it and leave the glass piece for someone else to cut their foot? Why don’t we clean our garbage before we leave? How hard would it be? Just take a bag with you fill in everything you consume and put it in the nearest garbage can. No government to blame, no succleen, nothing just OURSELVES. It is sad when you see an amazing beach, crystal clear water, and then, bottles, cans, garbage, tissues everywhere! I really wish that Lebanese people wake up one day and start to realize that public places are like their home.
Luckily it’s not all sad and tears as some municipalities seems to remember the people’s rights to access the beach and there are also some places that are still forgotten and away from the eyes of the greedy corporations that build those huge resorts.
Below you will find the list of some of the best 100% free beaches in Lebanon listed from South to North Lebanon along with GPS locations that would open Google maps and get you there when needed.
Al Naqoura Beach, South Lebanon
Although it is far, Al Naqoura Beach in South Lebanon have one of the cleanest water in Lebanon.
This beach location is becoming famous and viral on social media because of the wall and the small pool that formed inside. The water is amazing and the beach is clean. Be prepared for some steep descends / ascends on enter and exit.
One of the most amazing and the largest sandy beaches in Lebanon, Tyr or Sour Beach stretches for almost 3 KM of sand, the beach is organized by the Tyr municipality and although there are many shops and snack bars, large section of the beach near the water remains free and no body would bother you if you sit there.
Tabarja Bay Beach (Near St. Paul Resort), Kesrwan, Lebanon
Located in Tabarja, near Saint Paul Resort this rocky beach is nice for a quick tan and swim. The water is not the cleanest in Lebanon but some people do not mind and swim there anyway. A restaurant nearby is available that serves Lebanese cuisine and sea food.
The public Safra beach is more famous for fishing but it's also nice for swimming or tanning. There are 2 main small resorts or snacks that control part of the beach, they can rent you a chaise long for 10,000 but if you don't want you can simply enter put your towel or chair and be there completely for free.
It's where Ibrahim river meets the sea, an amazing sight by itself to see how the river cuts through the sand until it finally meet the Mediterranean sea! The location is amazing and with little work from the municipality it can become one of the most amazing places in Lebanon. Once you get there you will be greeted by an Egyptian worker who will try to take some 10,000 LL from you for a chair but remember your right and that you can enter this location for free unless you really want to rent a chair prepare to pay this small fee.
Yes, this is famous sandy beach of Byblos near the famous Eddy Sands resort. Did you know that you can get there for free? You don't have to pay the hefty prices of the close by resorts unless you want to use their swimming pools and facilities. The sandy beach is public and the entrance is completely free of charge and no body would dare look at you if you get there from the free entrance.
There is one entrance I'm aware off it's to the north side of the beach where there is a municipality parking and fresh water sinks to clean your self from sand after you finish.
Near the famous Kfarabida beach, this small rocky beach is an amazing place to swim or tan. Sadly and although the water is clean and nice to swim the beach itself is full of human made garbage so be prepared to look around for a clean spot or get a bag with you to clean a place and sit.
This place became famous in last year's protest against building a resort in that location. So far it seems the protests succeeded as the beach is still there and free of charge. But again sadly so much garbage around.
Located inside Batroun city and near the famous Phonecian wall, El Bahsa beach A.K.A. Ma23ad el Meer. This beach is free and public however parking the car nearby is tricky as the streets are old and smallish so be prepared for a small walk to get there.
Also known as the Lebanese Mikonos as the chalets there are colored by blue and white like the real Greece Mikonos. The entrance is 100% free however, be prepared to be invited by many of the snacks around to rent a chaise long or to sit in their place to have lunch or dinner.