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Enjoy the beach life in Helsinki

30.6.2020 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Header: Visit Finland
Best beaches in Helsinki

A sunny summer day is best enjoyed on the beach! Helsinki has around 100 kilometres of shoreline, so there are quite many lovely beaches to choose from. Go and spend a relaxing day by the sea; these are our tips for the best beaches in Helsinki.

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1. Hietaranta beach

Hietaranta beach is the most popular beach in the city. It’s also known as Hietsu, and it has been the favourite spot for swimming and sunbathing of locals and travellers for many decades. The sandy beach offers many lovely spots to lay in the sun or dip into the refreshing water. The waters are shallow and safe, so the beach is ideal for families, too. You can also play beach volleyball, football or basketball. Get your refreshments from the beach restaurant & café Bistro Badenbaden.

→ Address: Hiekkarannantie 11
→ How to get there: The two kilometres walk from Kamppi takes about 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the bus no. 24 from Lasipalatsi towards Seurasaari (stop at Hietaniemi or Hietakannaksentie) or tram no. 1 or no. 2 from Lasipalatsi to Apollonkatu tram stop. Remember that with Helsinki Card you can travel for free in busses, trams and metros!

Best beaches in Helsinki

2. Mustikkamaa beach

Visit the lovely Mustikkamaa island with woods, nature and a nice sandy beach. It’s located right next to the Korkeasaari Zoo, and it is a great place to spend a summer day (or two!). Walk along paths through the woods and along the shoreline, play tennis or try climbing at the Adventure park Korkee. And on top of it all, the beach itself is surrounded by pinewoods, cliffs and rocks. The beach is supervised during the daytime, and there are also toilets, outdoor showers and changing rooms at the beach. Most convenient!

Address: Mustikkamaanpolku 2
→ How to get there: Take the bus no. 16 from the Central Railway Station, it runs via the beautiful Kruununhaka district and the lovely Kulosaari area to Mustikkamaa. There’s a nice 300-metres walking route from the end bus stop to the beach.

3. Pihlajasaari beach

Some of the best beaches in Helsinki are located on the nearby islands, and Pihlajasaari is undoubtedly one of the most famous. Pihlajasaari island is
also known as Pihlis, and it is a legendary summer destination worth a visit! The trip to the island takes only 10 minutes, and the waterbuses leave from Kaivopuisto park. The beach itself stretches right from the pier of the island to the west, and it is both sandy and rocky with lots of space to spend a day. And those colourful changing cabins are so charming!
A walk around the island is a must as it is of natural beauty and the sceneries are amazing. You can also see some beautiful old villas on this former villa island.

→ Address: Western Pihlajasaari
→ How to get there: Take the waterbus from Merisatamanranta 10,
in Kaivopuisto park. It takes only around 10 minutes to the island. You’ll get near the pier by trams no. 1 and no. 3 (stop at Eiran sairaala) or busses no. 18 and no. 21 (end stop at Laivurinkatu). And remember: Helsinki Card provides you with an unlimited amount of journeys in busses, trams and metros!

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4. Uunisaari beach

Uunisaari island is located just next to Kaivopuisto park and can be reached by a small waterbus in the summertime. It is said to be the perfect getaway close to the city centre and no wonder. In the late 19th century there was a famous spa on the island. Nowadays you’ll find a nice and safe beach, rocks and cliffs with views out to the sea and a restaurant with a terrace and sauna facilities.

Address: Uunisaari
→ How to get there: Take the waterbus from Merisatamantori (Neitsyt- polku 1). You’ll get near the pier by tram no. 3 or bus no. 24.

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5. Aurinkolahti beach

Head to the eastern parts of the city and experience one of the best beaches in Helsinki. Aurinkolahti beach in Vuosaari has 700 metres of soft and sandy shoreline and a beach boulevard. It’s a great place to enjoy the sun and the sea. With beach cafes, beach guards, nice outdoor showers and changing cabins, it feels like a perfect place for sunbathing and swimming. The beach is easy to reach by metro, and there’s also a shopping centre right at the metro station.

→ Address: Urheilukalastajankuja 1
→ How to get there: Take the metro towards the east to Vuosaari (end stop of the line). The beach is just a 10-minute walk away from the metro station.

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