A wild and beautiful beach stretches southwards from town. Pounded by high waves for much of the year, the beach is a good vantage point for watching the large flocks of gulls that congregate here. Picnic shelters offer some shade and an opportunity for wild camping.

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Nearby Oman attractions

1. Jami Al Hamoda Mosque

20.05 MILES

This aged and revered mosque is difficult but rewarding to find. The low-lying prayer hall is unique due to its profusion of 52 domes. Non-Muslims aren't…

2. Hamodah Castle

20.13 MILES

This fort is crumbling back to the soil from which it was built, but it still makes an impressive sight on the edge of the dunes. It's closed to the…

3. Bani Bu Hassan Castle

25.55 MILES

This solid, squat castle has been well restored and deserves a quick visit if you're passing by, though you're unlikely to be doing so unless you've…