In July and August Estonia’s many beaches are full of sunbathers, with the long days extending into eventful nights. Most of Estonia’s public beaches are sandy with the average water temperature ranging between 18 - 20°C. Inland rivers and lakes as well as some shallow bays are even warmer and ideal for families with children.
Larger beaches nearby Estonian towns and cities have cafes and playgrounds with swings, roundabouts and slides for the little ones. Tallinners' most cherished beaches such as Lohusalu, Vääna, Nõva and Salmistu are located less than an hour's drive from the capital.
Estonia’s islands offer quite a different beach experience with their mostly untouched nature and remoter rustic feel for those busy dwellers looking for a real retreat in almost pure solitude. Limo beach on Ruhnu island is great for a nature holiday like that, being known for its "singing sand" as well as considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Estonia. Beaches in Noarootsi and Laulasmaa are also known for their tranquil whispers.
Official beaches in Estonia use a flag system to regulate swimming, from green (safe), to yellow (at your own risk), to red (prohibited). Lifeguards are on spot at most official beaches from morning until the late evening.
Most popular beaches in Estonia
Pärnu beach - the ultimate beach holiday destination
Pärnu, Estonia's summer capital, is a popular resort among a crowd of all ages. The long and wide sandy beach is a favourite summer holiday destination among locals and visitors alike. Pärnu’s shallow water is especially great for families and tends to be warmer than the coasts in rest of Estonia, with July’s water temperatures reaching over 20 degrees. The beach has swings and slides as well as ball courts, bars and restaurants including the popular Sunset nightclub.
Pirita beach - sandy beach right at the heart of Tallinn
If you’re looking for a quick dip or a place to sunbathe during your city break in Tallinn, you should head for Pirita beach. Take a stroll from the city centre across the scenic Pirita promenade or a brief bus ride dropping you off nearby the beach. Follow the long rays of sun reaching through the tall pine grove and you’ll arrive at a winding sandy beach offering amazing views of Tallinn. Here you’ll find a range of restaurants, volley ball courts, swings, and you can even hire water sports equipment.
Narva-Jõesuu beach - infinite sands and endless holidays
This picturesque beach nearby Narva in North-East Estonia is one of the most beautiful coastal areas around. The beach is located at a calm, family-friendly resort in the midst of a large pine forest, ideal for a weekend beach break. Bring along your favourite book and a camera, as this level of relaxation and beauty is sure to inspire.
Outdoor swimming pools and public sunbathing areas
If you love to swim, but find Estonian water temperatures a little too cool for your liking, then the warm outdoor pools and steaming jacuzzis serve as great alternatives. Most spas in Estonia offer accommodation but you can also buy a day ticket and pamper yourself for a couple of hours. Find here a list of Estonian spas with outdoor pools.