10 COOL BEACHES INSIDE OF BEIRUT, LEBANON

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  This one's for when you want to go to the beach but you also don't want to drive outside of Beirut.

 

1.sporting club

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Sporting

EL-MANARA

   Sporting has been around for ages (since 1953) and is here to stay. It's one of these places that you either love or completely despise, and despite its fairly recent renovation, it still has an old Beirut feel to it - which I think is why the people that love it, do. I've been going there with my family and friends since I was 5.  In fact, now that I'm writing this post, I remember this is where I actually learned to swim, in Sporting's upper big pool facing the sea. Anyway, if you've never gone, you should really try and go, Sporting has 2 big pools (one of which has water that is ice cold - the one facing the basketball court(yes they also have a cement basketball court)), they have a small pool for kids (the place is very family friendly), and they have.. well.. you know.. the sea, and just for the record, Sporting is pretty big, you have a lot of options concerning where you'd like to sit. I personally like the food they serve, but a lot of people don't. Try their lemonade and hot dog, that's what I usually have. They also organize a lot of events at their location, like sunset yoga, or decks on the beach, if you're into that sort of thing.

Hours: Monday/Sunday 09:00 - 19:00

Price:  20$ on weekdays, 30$ on weekends

 

2.LONG BEACH

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LONG BEACH

EL-MANARA

   Where Sporting will remind you of old Beirut,  Long Beach is old Beirut. I wouldn't necessarily call this a beautiful place to go to and enjoy the sun at- the facility is pretty run down - but they have the necessities: working pools, fairly new mats, and reclining chairs. Apart from that, everything is old, including the reception sign, the gym equipment, and some of the kid water rides, made in concrete à la 1960's. The place is old, and that's where (I think) its charm stems from, I wouldn't necessarily recommend going to Long beach on an every week basis, but visiting there once is bound to be fun, or at the very least, interesting. If you're a tourist, I recommend speaking to the older people that work there, they have some cool stories about how Beirut used to be and the golden days of Long Beach which used to own Beirut's biggest pool.

Hours: Monday/Sunday 08:00 - 19:00

Price:  35,000 L.L for adults, 10$ for kids, on any given day

 

3.AUB beach

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AUB BEACH

AL-MANARA

   The American University of Beirut (AUB) has its own beach. It's not big or fantastic, but it's a nice cozy little piece of heaven in the heart of Ain Mreisseh's beachfront. There's a sandy beach volleyball court, a pool (infinity-ish), the sea, and it's pretty convenient and sweet. I wouldn't however recommend going there if you're not an AUB student, alumni or going with someone that is somehow affiliated to AUB (works there or studied there), because the given price is kind of expensive for something so small, although I'm sure you could talk your way out of it if you really wanted to.

Hours: Monday/Sunday 010:00 - 19:00

Price:  AUB student: free // AUB alumni: 8$ // if you're going with an AUB student or alumni or faculty staff: 13$ // if you're going and you don't know anyone: 20$ 

 

4.POOL D'ETAT

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Pool detat

HAMRA

   If you've lived in Beirut for a while, or even briefly visited, you probably heard or went to  Coop d'état rooftop pub in Gemmayzeh. Well, Pool D'état is its sister in Hamra, with a pool. I went there during the night to grab some drinks with a friend and had no idea they actually had a pool (like the name obviously suggests), so I went back during the day and had a blast. The rooftop is huge by Beirut standards, and it contains a lot of trees which makes you forget that you're in the middle of the city, and although this is an adult only place during the night, the day features a kids pool with a fountain so it's also very family friendly. 

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10am-1am, Friday-Saturday: 10 am-2am.

Price:  For guests of the hotel : free // weekday: 10,000 L.L. // weekend: 20,000 L.L.

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5.RIVIERA

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riviera

AL-MANARA

   I used to go there a lot when I was younger (surprisingly). I haven't been there in 3 years now so I don't really know if this place is still poppin', but from what I've gathered, I think it is. This is where you go if you want to see and be seen and pop a few bottles of champagne while you're at it, it's more Las Vegas than Beirut, and if you're looking for a nice quiet day of relaxation by the beach, the live Dj at Riviera won't agree with you. There's a VIP area with jacuzzis and dedicated services, a pool where people prefer dancing and PDA to swimming, and tanning decks overlooking the sea. If you have kids, there's a separate pool area for families that's actually pretty nice.

 

Hours: Monday/Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00 

Price:  For guests of the hotel : free // weekdays: 24$ for adults, 17$ for children// weekends: 32$ for adults, 20$ for children.

 

6.MADAME BLEU

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madame bleu

AIN MREISSEH

   Formerly known as La Plage, Madame Bleu is where the posh people of Beirut meet the sea, or at least look at it from afar. The location is beautiful, the atmosphere is great, and the staff is very friendly and professional. They also have a variety of fresh sea food that is apparently delicious (I hate seafood). This isn't the place where you go alone, relax, and enjoy a good book, but it's also not the place where you go to show off and drink like there is no tomorrow, this is a solid in-between trendy spot that is sure to please anyone interested in having a good time by the sun.

 

Hours: Monday/Sunday 09:00 - 19:00

Price:  weekdays: 25$ weekends:35$ 

 

7.Coral Beach

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coral beach

JNEH

   There's nothing that pops to my head when I think about Coral Beach, it's just a really convenient place to relax by the sun. The sitting areas are huge, there's a variety of pools to choose from and they even have a nice sandy beach. If you've ever been to a beach resort, Coral beach is exactly what you'd expect it to look like.

Hours: Monday/Sunday 08:00 - 19:00

Price:  Hotel guests: Free// weekdays: Adults: 28,000 LL, Kids: 15,000 LL weekends: 35,000 LL, Kids: 20,000 LL

 

8.Summerland

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SUMMERLAND Resort

JNEH

   Honestly, same as Coral beach, but way more luxurious (there's a bridge in the middle of the pool, if that doesn't scream luxury I don't know what does). It's also very family-friendly: the hotel organizes a lot of kids related activities. Summerland has a very nice view of Beirut's coast line and the facility itself is beautiful and very state-of-the-art-posh, guaranteed to please anyone looking for an extra luxury in their fun in the sun.

Hours: Monday/Sunday 09:00 - 19:00

Price:  weekdays: 50$ which includes a 25,000 LL coupon for food & beverages // weekends: 100,000 LL which includes a 25,000 LL coupon for food & beverages.

 

9.St. Georges Yacht Club

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ST. GEORGE

ZAYTOUNA BAY

  I go there for the view. There's something very special and cool about lounging by the pool, surrounded by the tall glassed buildings of Zeitouna Bay, that somehow don't block your sun so that you can also conveniently tan. St.Georges is very Beirut despite all the controversy that surrounds it. It has 3 adult pools and a children's pool/playground area. I would recommend it to tourists and Beiruties alike.

Hours: Monday/Sunday 09:00 - 22:00

Price:  weekdays: Adults: 23$, Kids:20$ // weekends/Holiday: Adults: $27, Kids:23$.

 

10.Bain Militaire

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BAIN MILITAIRE

AL-MANARA

   The Bain Militaire was built by the French army during their mandate and later acquired by the Lebanese government. 'Hamem el Askareh' as it's called in Arabic is free for any Lebanese army member and extended family members, but it's also open to the public. This is probably the biggest beach facility in Beirut, has a lot of outdoor pools ( I can't remember the exact number) as well as an indoor pool, and different beach accesses. The places include chalets that you can rent, a couple of restaurants and a basketball court.This is one of my favorite places in Beirut to swim in the sea (although that might not be such a good idea because pollution is a thing) and enjoy my time at, because it makes you forget you're in a big city.

 

Hours: Monday/Sunday 09:00 - 20:00

Average Price:  10$ and above, it depends if you come with someone from the military, a family member of someone in the military, and their rank.

 

 

Have fun. Enjoy the sun. But also: sunscreen.