The beaches of Batumi are some of the best places to wind down in Georgia. For the uninitiated, Batumi is a port city, the capital of Adjara and the main Black Sea resort of Georgia. Travelers come here for good pebble beaches, warm and clear sea, as well as fantastic subtropical greenery.
This country has been attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists for the last decade not only with its amazing nature, but also with interesting sights, colorful cuisine and, of course, the unprecedented cordiality and hospitality of local residents who are always happy to welcome guests.
It’s hard to believe that two decades ago tourism in Georgia was almost non-existent. In Batumi there were problems with roads and electricity, there were no well-maintained embankments. This city was the main cargo port of the country in the erstwhile USSR. But over time, tourism began to develop in Georgia, and Batumi turned into a popular resort with a large selection of luxury hotels, a well-maintained promenade with tall palm trees and almost endless beaches that stretch along the seaside for almost 10 kilometers.
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If you have long wanted to discover a bright and memorable country where you can combine outdoor activities with culture and relaxation on the beach, it’s time to take a closer look at Georgia.
In this article, we will describe in detail the beaches of Batumi and give you some useful recommendations for visiting them. But first, let us summarize the best beaches here.
The best beaches of Batumi
The beach strip in Batumi extends from the airport to the city port. Almost all the beaches here are pebbly, many of them border on a forest belt. Most tourists find advantages in this as you can always escape the heat in the shade of trees at noon, and sand never sticks to your body. Another nice bonus for vacationers is that in Georgia all the beaches are free, so you can find the most suitable one at no extra cost.
To relax on sandy beaches you can go to Shekvetili, Ureki with its magnetic sand or Anaklia.
If you seek entertainment and loud fanfare, choose the beaches in the central part of Batumi. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby. The beaches are cleaned regularly. You can rent a sun lounger or an umbrella for a small amount. Some places have showers and changing rooms.
Couples with children also most often prefer to relax by the sea in the central part of Batumi. In fact there is a special beach for children here, where breakwaters are installed. Therefore, another feature of a sea holiday in Georgia – the high waves – will not be an issue for kids.
Connoisseurs of silence and clear sea water usually go to the beaches on the outskirts in the villages of Zeleny Mys, Gonio, Sarpi and others adjacent to the city. There are really fewer tourists there, but these wild beaches are not well-maintained. Sometimes they border on a highway, which is also not always comfortable for recreation. Unlike other seaside resorts in Georgia, Batumi has very beautiful and well-kept embankments where you can ride a velomobile and see the picturesque city. You can often hear the local music that the Batumi residents play on various instruments.
Overview of all beaches in Batumi
Batumi’s shoreline has 9 beaches, namely:
- Children’s beach
- My Black Sea
- the beach to the right of the pier
- Boom Boom beach
All of them are included in different areas of the Central Beach. Many of these beaches have a well developed infrastructure, thanks to which you can visit these with both children and the elderly. There is plenty to do in Batumi so day after day you will not sit in a hotel or on the beach. You can go on boat trips or scuba dive to explore the underwater beauty of the Black Sea. Batumi has a temperate climate all year round, as it is located in the subtropical part of Georgia. The average temperature in summer rises to 29⁰С.
The Central beach in Batumi
Among the best beaches in Batumi is the Central beach, which stretches for a distance of about 7 km. For the most part, the coast there is quite spacious, its width is on average 30-50 m. In this area there are about a dozen different beaches, which together form one central beach. All of them are covered with large pebbles. To make it easier to navigate, the main coast can be divided into 4 zones: Suburban zone, Central zone, zone near the New Boulevard and the Wild zone.
1. Suburban area of Central Beach
The Suburban area of the beach is located near the Opera House, and its main visitors are locals and vacationers with nearby accommodation. There is no infrastructure on the shore. In addition, the roadway stretches parallel to the coast. You will not find a wide selection of cafes there. This is one of the narrowest parts of the central beach, the width of which is no more than 20 m.
In short, it is better not to choose the suburban area beach.
2. Central zone in the Central Beach
The Central zone is most popular part of the beach and is characterized by its cleanliness. It includes the beaches Iveria, the beach to the right of the pier, and My Black Sea. The coast is quite long and wide (about 40 m). Therefore, despite the large flow of tourists there is enough space for everyone. On the beach one can relax on a towel or rent a sunbed with an umbrella. Rental price varies from 2 to 4 GEL. Restrooms are installed along the entire coastline. There are showers on the beach the price of which is 1 GEL, as well as changing rooms (0.50 GEL).
The central zone beach is ideal for families with children because the entrance to the sea is gentle and the water is clear. There are practically no waves in the summer season. Along the coast, restaurants and cafes can be seen in abundance, numerous shops also operate there.
In the morning, the central zone looks like a paradise, perfectly clean and tidy. But after lunch, the coast is littered with cigarette butts and bottles. Nevertheless, the beach can be called one of the best in Batumi.
Iveria beach – part of the central zone, this beach is located in the Miracle Park area. It is the only paid beach, the cost of which is 30 GEL, including the rental of umbrellas, sun loungers, towels. It has a pleasant atmosphere, and is kept perfectly cleanliness. You can order food and drinks directly to the sunbed.
Party lovers will have a great time in the Iveria Beach club, which is open from 7:00 to 3:00. In the evening, the club holds discos where famous DJs and artists perform. You can also enjoy delicious cocktails in the Lounge Bar in a cozy interior.
Children’s beach – This beach is located next to the sculpture “Ali and Nino”. It is very good and safe to relax here with children. Thanks to the gentle slope going into the waters is also suitable for babies. There are breakwaters are built here due to which you can’t see big waves. Due to the shallow depth, the sea heats up the strikingly clean waters quickly. The presence of inexpensive cafes that offer set meals and budget drinks helps save money.
My Black Sea beach – This beach can be found in the 6 May park area. From here to the city center stretches a good coast with a smooth entry into the sea. The entry into the sea is gentle and gradual, which will allow you to relax calmly with children. This area has clean water, without muddy color and other debris. There is the seaside park which is located nearby. The beach is well equipped, you can rent an umbrella and a sun lounger. But you can also bring your own umbrella or towels. The width of the coast is about 40 meters and there are showers and changing cabins available. And along the coast you can find restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, small kiosks, shops.
3. New boulevard area of Central beach
This part of the central beach is located in the new part of Batumi and begins at the point where Rustaveli Avenue goes into Khimshiashvili Street. It includes the beaches Aquapark, Cacao and Boom Boom.
The area is somewhat distant from the center, so it is not very popular with travelers. The coast there is quite spacious, with a width of about 30 m. But the entrance to the sea is steep in places, so one must walk around this beach carefully. The infrastructure here is not as good as in the central zone, but some main amenities are still provided – rental of sun loungers (2-4 GEL), changing cabins (0.5 GEL), shower (1 GEL).
Near the New Boulevard Area there is a water park and the famous singing fountains. In between beach vacations, one can stroll along the boulevard, decorated with fountains and statues. Several cafes are located nearby. However, the beach has one significant drawback – there are river currents, which often carry garbage, which makes the water in the sea dirty and muddy.
4. Wild Area of the central beach
This beach is located near the airport of Batumi, in a sparsely populated area, so it is almost always empty. It will suit tourists who put peace and solitude above all else. The coastline is about 30 m wide. There is no infrastructure there and you will not find restaurants nearby. The water in the sea is unclear, and the entry into it is uneven. All these factors make the beach one of the less popular beaches in Batumi.
Cape Verde Beach (Green cape beach)
Mtsvane-Konkhi is the Georgian name for the Cape Verde beach. By the way, the name “green” is not without reason. Because the main attraction is the Batumi botanical garden, the largest in the country, which has more than 5,000 different plants. The presence of lush subtropical greenery and the purity of the sea are two more distinguishing features of this beach. It is located on the Black Sea coast in a mountainous area surrounded by a large number of plants. Mostly locals rest here, and tourists come to this beach after visiting the botanical garden.
Cape Verde Beach has a large number of sun loungers and umbrellas that can be rented. But some tourists bring their own towels, and due to the large number of plants, here you can find areas with natural shade, so umbrellas are not essential.
There is a cafe here and a shop with drinks and snacks. There is also an old bridge from where one can dive into the water. In general, there are few people on the Cape Verde, the water in the sea is clean with a greenish tint, and the surrounding nature complements the setting. You can combine your visit to Green cape with a trip to the Botanical Garden. Many tourists claim that Cape Verde is one of the best beaches in the city of Batumi.
The village of Gonio, located 12 km from Batumi, is a frequently visited area. An ancient fortress and a neat beach stretch can be seen there. The length of the beach is about 2 km. The southern part, which is located next to the Kvariati beach, is more crowded and equipped, and the north is a wilderness where locals do not recommend going. The coast as almost everywhere in Batumi, consists of large pebbles. It is generally comfortable to enter the sea.
There is no natural shade on the coast, so you need to rent an umbrella or take your own so as not to get a sunstroke. Tourists can rent an umbrella (3 lari) and a deck chair (2 lari). Everything on the beach is provided for a comfortable pastime. you can rent catamarans, boat, jet skis. There are retail outlets where you can buy a souvenirs, air mattresses, children’s circles and special beach shoes.
The southern part of Gonio Beach is clean, safe and has a clear sea. Hotels stretch along the coast, there are cafes and restaurants as well. Due to its remoteness from the city of Batumi, it is quite uninhabited and calm, and some find it completely dull and deserted. You will not find any entertainment here. Gonio is more suitable for a secluded beach trip.
Kvariati is a small seaside resort located between Sarpi and Gonio. The beach attracts tourists with clean water and its location which combines sea and mountain air. Its northern side passes into the Gonio beach, and the southern side was supposed to connect with the beach in Sarpi, but the rocks on the way interrupt their confluence, as if separating Kvariati from Sarpi. The beach is quite wide, but everyone wants to be closer to the sea and start crowding near the coast. Along the coast there are sea activities and cafes.
Kvariati is located at the foot of the mountains, the slopes of which are dotted with eucalyptus trees and the area is famous for its rich underwater world, due to which diving is very popular in the village.
Kvariati offers a developed infrastructure, including a number of cafeterias and restaurants. On the beach you will find the necessary amenities – toilets and changing rooms. One can also rent sun loungers with umbrellas. The area is characterized by cleanliness and well-groomed. There are no river currents, so the water in the sea is clear, without debris. One of the advantages of the beach is its distance from the highway: due to this, the place is quiet and calm. Only its northern tip comes close to the roadway, so you should not rest there. And all lovers of secluded beach vacations are advised to find an island for themselves at the foot of local cliffs, where it is usually deserted.
This is another famous beach near Batumi, located on the Turkish-Georgian border. It is located 25 km from Batumi in the village of Sarpi, famous for its church of St. Andrew the First-Called and a waterfall. The coastline stretches for 600 m, and its width in some sections reaches 40 m. The entire territory of the beach is covered with pebbles, the bottom is uneven, the coast bed sinks quite sharply. But the water in the sea is very clean because most mountain rivers flow closer to the city of Batumi. On Sarpi beach, you can often see large waves, so the place is not suitable for relaxing with small children.
On Sarpi beach one can find toilets, paid showers and changing rooms. At the box office you can rent a sunbed for an hour (1 lari) or for a whole day (3-5 lari). In summer, the beach has a bar, but many establishments are located across the road. Diving enthusiasts will definitely appreciate this place. After all, there are two cliffs 2 meters and 5 meters high, which are actively used by vacationers as a springboard. The main disadvantage of the area is its proximity to customs, which creates an endless rush of transport on the roadway. So it’s definitely not possible to relax in silence. But in general, Sarpi is one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches not only in the city of Batumi, but throughout Georgia.
If you liked the photos of the beach and the city of Batumi, and you are almost ready to go to the resort, then the advice of tourists who have already visited the place will definitely come in handy.
- Many travelers claim that the cleanest and most comfortable piece of the central beach of Batumi is located opposite the tower with the Georgian alphabet. It is best to go there in the morning, when not many people have gathered, and cleanliness and comfort reigns around.
- All the beaches of the city can be reached by public transport (buses and minibuses). Numerous taxis also work for tourists, the cost of travel is very affordable. The cheapest way is to call a taxi through special applications.
- If the main purpose of your trip to the city of Batumi is a beach vacation, then it is best to go on a trip from July to September. At this time you will catch the warmest sea, and you will hardly see rains.
- Do not look for hotels and apartments on the first line in Batumi, there simply aren’t any.
5. If you would like to save on rental housing in the city, we recommend that you look for options in the area of New Boulevard. Firstly, the beach is very close, and secondly, the area is located close to the center and the main attractions.
6. Since most of the beaches in the city and the environs of Batumi are pebble, it is not very convenient to move around the stones here. So we advise you to purchase special silicone slippers in advance.
7. Do not be afraid to buy goods from merchants on the beaches of Batumi. Often they offer products at the same price that they can be purchased at neighboring stores and shops.
The beaches of Batumi are diverse, have their pros and cons, but every tourist will definitely find a place to their liking. Well, you can relax both on the central coast of the city and in the surrounding areas. You just have to correctly prioritize and choose the best option for yourself.