Being an island, you are never far from the beach in Bahrain. Generally, the beaches are clean and the waters are safe to swim in, but it is always advisable to check with the locals first and visit a resort beach if possible. The long stretches of sandy beaches provide the perfect ground for sunbathing and relaxing and are also a base for snorkelling and scuba diving trips.
Not strictly a public beach but the reclaimed islands certainly seem to attract lots of people at the weekends, who surely can’t all live there. There are various areas where it’s possible to reach the sea to swim or just sit on the shore and watch the kite surfers.
One of the most popular spots for Bahrainis and expats alike is at the front of Floating City but there are lots and lots of Jet Skis so if you’re not a fan of the manic mosquito buzz, maybe not the place for you. The surfer dudes take to the water at the front of Tala and there are various other small open beach areas around the islands.
Opened to mark National Day in 2008, this small stretch of beach to the side of the old fort is a great place for a picnic and a paddle but it’s more of a beach park, with a paved area for walking and games, rather than an actual swimming beach. However, you’re in fab surroundings for a sunset stroll with the fort, said to be one of the oldest sites in the Middle East, making a stunning backdrop.
Another one that’s more popular for picnicking than swimming, this small area of sand opposite Prince Khalifa bin Salman Park attracts barbecue fans in the winter months and is a good spot for beach games. To get there take the Hidd Bridge towards the refinery and turn back on yourself at the end. Hidd Beach next to ASRY Arab Ship Building & Repair Yard and Company. Have Shelters & BBQ facilities, next to mosque and Grocery Mart. The Hidd Beach gives you an excellent sunset view over Juffair & Manama.
Zallaq Beach or Al Jazayr Beach Bahrain is the best place to be if you want to spend a day at the beach with friends & family. Right next to Bahrain Sailing Association.
It is one of the island’s few truly public beaches, but little far from the city. The Al Areen Wildlife Park is also near the Al Jazaer Beach in Zallaq. The Beach includes play areas, and a walkway stretching one kilometer, which leads to all facilities, and several green areas.
Head for Bahrain Fort, past the Bapco petrol station at Seef and you will find yourself on another stretch of public open beach. Karbabad’s a great place for an evening walk or a picnic but again, please appreciate local customs and avoid revealing swimwear.
The Marina Club Beach is a lively beach that provides a wide variety of entertainment in Water Sports. Those whom prefer a pool can take a dip in either of our spacious pools.
A nice small beach area attached to the Arabian nights-style hotel. Public welcome on weekdays BD20 single, BD25 couple, BD35 family (2 adults and 2 kids under 12) – also allows use of gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and pool. Hotel guests only at the weekend.
Yes, it’s part of the water park and yes, it’s a man-made beach, but then so are most of the others and this one comes with a wave machine which we like…a lot and, if you get bored lying in the sun, you can take in a whole bunch of water-based rides too. Entry is BD15 for adults and BD7 for kids under 1.2m tall.
Tidal island Jarada, which is about 40 minutes away by speed boat, has been described by a colleague as ‘a lump of sand’ but if you like your beaches pretty much deserted, no Jet Skis, no beach bar, no music, then this might be the one for you. Don’t have a boat? Trips go regularly from Coral Bay and also through Jarada Tours.
A big favourite with bird watchers, these islands, off the coast of Qatar, are around 55 minutes away by boat. The main island is home to the Tulip Inn, where facilities are either for overnight guests or groups of 16-plus on a trip day package.
Sofitel, Ritz-Carlton, Al Bander and Hamala Beach Resort also have private beaches available for members and hotel guests only.