Forget about French Riviera or Barcelona, here in Riga are few beaches that will turn your weekend city escape into a seaside vacation.
You don’t have to leave the city center to cool off, just hop on the bike or an e-scooter and go to Lucavsala, the oasis in the middle of Daugava. The amenities include changing cabins, toilets, playgrounds for kids, and picnic tables for an after-swim bite.
If lazy relaxation is on your agenda, Ludavsala Bay is a picturesque stretch of beach that that overlooks the legendary TV Tower. Spread your blanket on the soft sand, bask in the sun's rays or enjoy a summer picnic on the banks of the Daugava.
Sometimes all you need are those laid-back beach vibes. Just 10 minutes away from the Old Town, this urban waterfront is perfect for basking in the sun and getting a bit of sand between your toes. Sitting between the boatyard and the mighty Vanšu bridge, it’s also a great spot for a romantic sunset-watching.
The lovely lake is the local’s favorite destination for a bike ride. The silky sand beach is located in the verdant Mežaparks district. Right next to the beach, there is also a cozy cafe, where you can relax and unwind, there are lounge chairs on the pier itself, and in the summer season, the boat "Agnese" offers trips around Lake Ķīšezers every day.
A half an hour’s drive away from the city resides the Vecāķi beach. This long sandy beach is lined with pop-up cafés and ice cream vendors and has a well-appointed infrastructure – changing cabins, volleyball courts, playgrounds. And whether you forgot to take your swimsuit or simply want to avoid tan lines, a bit further there’s a nudist beach.
If you are looking for a relatively calm beach away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then you should go to Rumbula Beach. This swimming spot is about a 20-minute drive from the city center. Rumbula beach will be a suitable place to spend the evening lazily paddling along the sand and wait for the sunset in the company of friends.
A beach in Riga where you can take a dip in the Gulf of Riga - a bay of the Baltic Sea. The unreachable horizon will let you temporarily forget about your everyday hassles, and the beach will provide you a well-earned break and be a great site for a picnic with your family.
Incredible to imagine that this idyllic seaside sits just a short walk from a microdistrict Daugavgrīva. Besides wide arcs of sand, there’s also a nature trail with an observation tower to let your inner ornithologist out. The lighthouse, despite not accessible for the public, serves as a beautiful backdrop.