The coastal city of Sindh is popular for its gorgeous mix of sandy and rocky beaches. A visit in the city is incomplete without wetting your feet in the cold and soothing water of Hawks Bay or Clifton beaches. If you’ve never been to the city before, here’s our compilation of the best beaches in Karachi that should be on your travel list.
Before getting into the details, you should know that the city is dotted with various beaches, some of them are reserved by private entities while others are made available for the general public. Similar to our past on picnic spots in Karachi, we have handpicked the best beaches for you.
So, pick up your gingham blanket, and let’s start picnicking!
Popular Beaches in Karachi
Clifton Beach – also known as Sea View – is the first name to pop-up into anybody’s mind when we talk about beaches in Karachi. It means that it is one of the most-visited beaches in Pakistan. However, if you like exploring a bit more, you might have heard about the unspoiled spots lying along the coastline of the City of Lights.
That being said, we’ve got just the perfect list for you, here are a few picnic points in Karachi that you can plan your weekend around:
- Clifton Beach
- Hawks Bay
- Charna Island
- Cape Monze
- French Beach
Sea View is a go-to place for every Karachiites when it comes to having a day out. It was amongst the world’s most-liked silver-sand beaches until it got subjected to an oil spill incident in early 2003. While it isn’t recommended for swimming, it is still one of the most visited beaches in Karachi. The beach is crowded throughout the week and has a number of street food vendors for the people around – visiting the Clifton beach could be a perfect day for when you cannot make an extensive beach plan.
Imagine a soothing day at a sandy shore, clear blue water, and exotic turtles – sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
Well, Karachi’s Hawks Bay is a sight to behold: you can easily plan a whole day trip, and witness the beauty of waves crashing against the shore. The beach is also referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Arabian Sea’.
There are a number of huts along the coast that are owned by corporate businesses, which means Hawks Bay is not just a spot for family picnics, but also for office gatherings and events. If you’re wondering how to get there, you can easily get there using Mauripur Road via cars or public transport.
Some explorers also take it to a whole new level by setting out on a motorcycle. The roads around the area are well-paved and it is among the well-populated areas of Karachi. You don’t need to worry about getting lost or your vehicle breaking down.
Note: The tides in peak summer season are extremely high, which is why it is advisable to be very vigilant when picking the time for a visit.
The next mention in our list of most talked about picnic spots in Karachi is Charna Island – a safe haven for the country’s endangered underwater species. Located 7 km from the main city, the place is well-known among divers, swimmers, and water-sports enthusiasts.
The island near Karachi spans over an area of 1.5 sq km and it is also famous for cliff diving, snorkelling, scuba diving, and jet skiing.
As mentioned earlier, the water around the Island is home to various underwater species, which makes it one of the most aesthetic beaches in Karachi. If you’re someone who enjoys the thrill and adventure that Charna Island has to offer, then this is the perfect place for you.
Cape Mount Beach or Cape Monze is not a traditional beach since it boasts a secluded environment. It is located near the Mubarak Village and has recently been voted as one of the most attractive shorelines. The beach does not have a large number of cottages available, however, there are enough activities to keep the visitors occupied throughout the day – so, instead of planning a longer stay, you might want to plan just a day trip.
Situated between Hawks Bay Beach and the Paradise Point beach, French beach is renowned for the clear, clean waters. The crystal-clear water makes it possible for people to take a swim if they want. The only way to access French Beach is to make a reservation at the rental huts available in the vicinity that aren’t easily available for everyone. You need to make a little effort and do a little digging to find a suitable spot. People who wish to take part in activities such as scuba diving, surfing, cruising, and kayaking, French Beach is the right space for you.
Manora Beach is one of the most recurring names when you talk about exotic beaches in Karachi. Although the place gets crowded often, the overall look of the beach is extremely breathtaking.
Accessible from Kemari Port, Manora Beach is considered among the best beaches in Karachi for summer picnics and it was believed to be an island previously. Later studies into the location marked that it is a peninsula which is highly connected to Hawks Bay and Sanspit Road.
The surroundings of the beach are populated with small islands and small villages. Not to mention, an old 19th century Hindu Temple is also located nearby. One of the main features of Manora remains the lighthouse which was built in the British Era. You can easily commute to the beach using the road or via a ferry trip.
In this blog we have listed some of the most popular beaches in Karachi. In addition to the beaches mentioned in this blog, the Russian beach, tushan beach, and the turtle beach are also famous picnic point for families and official trips, all year round. If you want to have a lavish weekend getaway, try exploring the option of a beach luxury hotel for a relaxing weekend with top-notch facilities.
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