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Beaches in Riga and Jurmala
The white-sand beaches of the Latvian capital Riga and the seaside resort city of Jurmala in summer are full of life and energy. You can sunbathe, swim in the sea or engage in sports activities at Jurmala beach, or dive into city life after the beach – fine dining in a multitude of restaurants, parties, or perhaps an excellent classical music performance in Dzintari Concert Hall.
Jurmala stretches for 26 kilometers along the Gulf of Riga. You can choose your favorite place on the long sandy stretch; Jurmala’s central section called Majori is usually full of people enjoying the sun and waves; restaurants and bars of Joma Street are full of gourmets and gourmands, while the center of Jurmala’s cultural life is Dzintari Concert Hall. If you seek serenity or a place to listen to the rustling sea and enjoy a lazy sunset, choose the direction of Jaunkemeri.
Plenty of activities for children
Your children will not be bored. They can play around in the water and build sand castles in the shallow shore. There are playgrounds at the beach with climbing walls, swings and slides. There are also several playgrounds, a skate park and basketball court in Dzintari Mezaparks Park. Children will also be more than happy to visit the water amusement park – Livu Aquapark.
Blue Flag beaches
Several sections of Jurmala – Majori, Dzintari, Bulduri, Dubulti and Jaunkemeri - have received the Blue Flag certificates, proving that the beach is clean, safe and well-equipped. In several locations the beach is accessible for people with special needs.
Resort for improving health
Jurmala has been known as a resort for centuries. Also available today are health and SPA procedures, medical and rehabilitation services.
Getting to Jurmala
When going to Jurmala by car, you will have to pay an entrance fee of EUR 2 between April 1 and September 30. When Rigans escape extreme heat en masse, traffic jams on Riga-Jurmala highway are not unusual, especially on weekends.
Sunbathe, play ball and take a swim also at Riga’s beaches – at the seaside of Vecaki or Vakarbulli, and in the center of Riga on the bank of the Daugava River – in Kipsala and Lucavsala.
Vecaki beach, an old fishermen village, is one of the most popular beaches in Riga. You can walk on the sandy beach as far as the breakwater on the right bank of the Daugava River.
Vakarbulli is a Blue Flag beach with playgrounds and attractions for children, basketball, volleyball and football fields and summer cafes. There is also a wooden ramp to make the beach accessible for people in wheelchairs.
Take bus No.3 to get to Vakarbulli.
Seashore in wintertime
The seashore can be quite surprising also in winter. In very cold winters, when the Gulf of Riga freezes, several meter high ice ridges are forming there. You can also walk on the frozen sea, but be cautious.