Beach sights in Beirut
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Though scruffier than the rest, this university beach has a great atmosphere in the summer, and admits nonstudents.
If you fancy a dip, this is the only public beach. Unfortunately, it's rather litter-strewn and predominantly male. A better option is one of the many private beach clubs. Though they're less about swimming and more about seeing-and-being-seen, they're convenient, well equipped (many with pleasant pools, bars, snack bars, dressing areas etc) and well maintained.
The Corniche is a favourite promenade spot. Families, couples and groups of dressed-up young people saunter along its length, stopping to greet friends or to have a coffee-and-nargileh break at one of the cafés along the route. While many locals say the Corniche starts at Ras Beirut on Ave de Paris in the east and ends at the St George Yacht Motor Club in Ain al-Mreisse to the west, others say it encompasses the entire waterfront area around to Pigeon Rocks to the south.
You'll see a great cross-section of Beiruti life on your walk, from backgammon-playing old men to teenagers dressed to impress, particularly on a Saturday night, when people bring their own plastic…