Latvia, found in the Baltic Sea, has a sea shore that goes for 500 km. The Kurzeme coast brings in strong waves from the open sea, in Cape Kolka, there are calmer waters of the Gulf of Riga. In Cape Kolka you will find the most popular stretches of white sandy beaches at Riga and Jurmala, and the rocky beaches of Vidzeme. Latvia’s lengthy coastline will surprise you with its dunes, steep cliffs, sandstone outcrops, impressive rocks and caverns. The coastline owes much of its charm to the fishing villages, the multiple areas untouched by civilization, imposing port cities, and the popular resort city of Jurmala.
Wind sports is popular in Latvia. Use the spacious coast of the Baltic Sea, as well as the many lakes in Latvia, and engage in wind sports. Join their windsurfing enthusiasts in Riga, try kiteboarding at Liepāja beach, or become one with the wind and water while sailing in the Gulf of Riga.
Latvia beaches are a great way to spend a beach vacation. Surround yourself with the beauty, charm, and quant feel of there beaches. Come visit Latvia, for great beach travel destinations. Here are the top picks:
Jurmala stretches for 26 kilometers along the Gulf of Riga. You can choose your favorite place on the long sandy stretch; Jurmala’s central section called Majori. Majori is usually full of people enjoying the sun and waves. You can find lots of restaurants and bars along Joma Street. Your children will not be bored as there are playgrounds at the beach with climbing walls, swings and slides. Several sections of Jurmala – Majori, Dzintari, Bulduri, Dubulti and Jaunkemeri – have received the Blue Flag certificates, proving that the beach is clean, safe and well-equipped. In several locations the beach is accessible for people with special needs.
Vecaki beach, an old fishermen village, is one of the most popular beaches in Riga. You can walk on the sandy beach as far as the breakwater on the right bank of the Daugava River. Many Latvians often forgo Jūrmala and head north in the opposite direction to the old fishing village of Vecāķi. After roughly 40-minutes exit the train and just follow the swarms of people to the beach. Along the way you’ll find a few kiosks and cafés where you can stock up on supplies and a few more should be available right next to the beach. The beach isn’t as crowded as the one at Majori, but it’s still pretty packed on a hot day and it’s also the place to go for beach volleyball.
Garciems Beach has some of Latvia’s highest sand dunes and the walk to the beach through the pine forest is picturesque to say the least. A kiosk or two are available along the way, but you shouldn’t expect much in the way of amenities here. The beach is often deserted and is the perfect place for a family outing. Locals often choose to have picnics among the dunes for extra privacy. On windy days Garciems is also popular among kite boarders.
This beautiful Blue Flag beach is located between the mouths of the Daugava and Lielupe rivers and anyone with a little time on their hands can walk in either direction to see these natural attractions for themselves. A beach café and an ice cream stand are usually available as well as toilets and changing facilities. On hot summer days the beach can get quite crowded. Vakarbulli beach has playgrounds and attractions for children, basketball, volleyball and football fields and summer cafes. There is also a wooden ramp to make the beach accessible for people in wheelchairs.
Saulkrasti Beach is a 17 km long natural wonder. Find rich diversity from the singing sand in Lilaste to the stony seashore in Zvejniekciems. The beach is wind swept and shaped by waves. Here you will find a gathering of sand and various shells of river and sea mollusks, smooth pebbles, driftwood and other wonderful finds. In addition to the beach, there are plenty of nature trails to investigate. Walk the sunset trail sunset trail which stretches over three kilometers. The Sunset Trail winds from the White Dune to the center of Saulkrasti. By walking this trail you will be able to see the landscape typical of the Saulkrasti, its wide, sandy beach and fore-dunes, the Pēterupi River and tall pine trees growing. Beautiful views of the river valley and the sea can be observed from several vantage points on the trail.
Not a beach, but worth mentioning and if you are in Saulkrasti, it is a must see. The White Dune is one of the landmarks of Saulkrasti, on the Vidzeme gulf coast. The dune offers a great view of the sea, the mouth of the Inčupe River and the vast beach. The White Dune formed as the wind drove beach sand over the clay silt of Baltic Ice Lake. Its white 18 meters high sand outcrop once helped local fishermen find their way home. The dune got its name from its white, hardened layers of sand which look like sandstone.
Combine a relaxing day on the beach with healthy, athletic activities! Seaside Park invites you to try the outdoor exercise facilities, playground equipment, gymnastics fields and volleyball courts, go jogging by the sea or simply watch the beautiful sunset from the comfortable sun loungers. Here both children and adults will find exciting activities that suit their interests.
Liepāja beach has been a popular swimming location since the 1860s. The beach is 50 to 80 m wide when the wind is calm, with fine white sand. After a strong wind you can find some pieces of amber washed ashore. Liepāja’s beach is the first one in Latvia that has been adapted to the needs of people with visual impairments and movement disabilities – a swimming area has been created, which is equipped with audio-buoys for the visually impaired and an adequate sanitation module for people with vision and movement disabilities. Liepāja beach is also a Blue Flag beach.
Seashore of Vidzeme
The rocky seashore of Vidzeme stretches for 12 kilometers and is between 20 to 40 meters wide. It is located in the Gulf of Riga on the Vidzeme shoreline, and is the only coastal area in Latvia where sandstone outcrops can be found. The Vidzeme coastline has the most impressive sandstone cliffs. Make sure to have a meal and enjoy the peaceful and warm rural farmstead atmosphere at the Rankulrags restaurant!
At Ventspils Beach you will fid volleyball, football fields and cafes. Children will be able to enjoy different types of playground equipment such as slides and swings. The beach is almost an 80 m wide with fine white sand and dunes that in some places reach a height of 9 m. The Blue Flag Beach stretches for 1.2 km. There is equipment on the beach for disabled people and they can reach the beach using plank-ways. It is prohibited to smoke on the major part of the Blue Flag Beach area. In places where smoking is allowed, there are marked trashcans. A professional rescue service functions on the Ventspils Beach. Next to the Beach is the Sauthern Pier with an established observation tower. There is also separated area for nudists and a special facilitated Surfers Beach of 500 m length with equipment for preparing, storing and drying off surfing equipment. There is also plenty of parking near the beach.