Packed with tanned sun worshippers in the summer, Blue Flag–designated Tylösand, 8km southwest of town, is Halmstad's most popular beach area, with a perpetual party vibe courtesy of the nearby Hotel Tylösand, bars and restaurants. From here, head to the signposted Tjuvahålan smuggler's cove to search for pirate treasure, or walk north to Frösakull for some peace and quiet.

East of central Halmstad, the shallow, calm waters of Östra Stranden are particularly family friendly, while nudists can bronze their behinds at secluded Heden, near Hagön further south of town.