7 Most Scintillating Beaches In Mumbai For Your Next Holiday!
The dream city of India, Mumbai, is home to one of the most protected harbours in India, the Arabian Sea, and it is one of the best places to witness a magical sunrise or sunset. Amidst the fast-paced city life, Mumbai is home to several serene and beautiful beaches that offer spectacular sunset and the perfect ambience to stroll on the sparkling golden sands with your partner.
Situated on the western coast of India, Mumbai is circumscribed by the magnificent Arabian Sea. As such, there are a number of beaches in Mumbai and watching the glorious sunsets from these family beaches is indeed a blissful sight. The beaches here are also looked upon as an important focal point for shooting of many films, and there are countless restaurants, cafes and food stalls located nearby, where you can enjoy and savour several mouth-watering foods. Most Mumbai residents take a break from the everyday city life and visit these beaches to spend quiet time with their friends and family.
There are a handful of mesmerizing and relaxing family beaches in Mumbai that take you to a different world altogether. They boast of sunset points too as well as a peaceful environment and natural beauty at its best. So, check out these beaches on your next Mumbai trip:
Top 7 Beaches To Visit In Mumbai
- Juhu Beach
- Chowpatty Beach
- Aksa Beach
- Madh Island Beach
- Versova Beach
- Marvé Beach
- Manori Beach
1. Juhu Beach
Located in the western suburbs of Mumbai, close to Ville Parle station, Juhu Beach is the longest and most popular of all the family beaches in Mumbai and offers a splendid sunset along with places serving wide variety of incredible street food like spicy bhelpuri, cheesy pavbhaji, tangy vadapav, fresh ice-candy and other local delicacies. There are a lot of shacks and local vendors near the main parking area that also sell some great South Indian food like masala dosa, idli, coconut water and vada.
There are several plush hotels and restaurants facing the beach that are thronged by tourists round the year. The beach is also in close proximity to the posh locality where most TV celebrities and Bollywood superstars stay and therefore, it is quite common to find famous celebrities jogging on the silken sands of this popular beach.
While visiting the Juhu Beach, you can enjoy fun activities like the dancing monkeys, watch cricket matches, or check out toys sellers, etc. which are sure to enthral the crowd. Television shoots are often held here and a number of handmade toy-sellers, roasted corn vendors and acrobats catch the visitor’s eye. While here, you can also plan a trip to the iconic ISKCON Temple which is at a short distance from the beach, or watch a theatre performance at the famous Prithvi Cafe. The beach remains evergreen and the perfect place to visit at all times of the year, especially during early morning or evenings. Even in the hot sultry months, the evenings are very pleasant as a cool sea breeze blows, and the temperatures become mild.
Location: Juhu, Mumbai
Things to do: Jogging, cycling, walking, a game of beach volleyball, ride a horse or a camel, exercise, seaside local food and photography
2. Chowpatty Beach
One of most well-known family beaches in South Mumbai, Chowpatty Beach is immensely popular for its local coastal delicacies. The beach is swarmed by locals at the time of the immersion of idols during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, and is a sight to behold. Being close to both Churchgate and Charni Road stations, it is a popular hangout place for college students, tourists and locals alike.
The beach is located in the Dadar suburbs of Mumbai, and is immensely popular for the eye-catching view of the Bandra Worli Sea Link Bridge. The beach is frequented by residential locals coming for an evening stroll, early morning yoga, exercise or to spend some leisure time. There are quite a few sunset points along the beach which will inspire the photographer in you.
Location: Girgaum Chowpatty, Mumbai
Things to do: Horse and camel ride, jogging, photography and local food
3. Aksa Beach
Set against the backdrop of swaying coconut trees, on the outskirts of the city in Malad, Aksa Beach is known for its clean sand and idyllic quietness, where all sorts of commercial activities take a backseat and peace becomes a state of mind. Walking barefoot on the soft sand during sunset is a must-do and the calming breeze gently adds to the tranquil surroundings. The beach serves as one of the best spots for organizing parties and picnics. Sea shells and snails scattered across the beach seem to mirror the stars on a full moon light. Picking up seashells is one of the fun activities to engage in here. Locals flock to this beach for jogging, evening walk, admire beautiful sunset views and to enjoy the silence and breezy atmosphere.
Due to the strong tides and waves, it is also not recommended to visit the beach during monsoons. The beach is a rejuvenating retreat from the hustle bustle of the city life, and owes most of its popularity to the song ‘Tujhe Aksa Beach ghuma du’ from the Bollywood movie ‘God Tussi Great ho’.Lately though, it is becoming a top pick among tourists seeking tranquillity and peace. The beach is still untouched by the city crowds and hence maintains its natural charm, unblemished beauty and is frequented by families and couples alike. Lined with quaint little cottages and luxury resorts, the pristine beach makes for an ideal getaway and is counted as one of the best family beaches in Mumbai.
Location: Aksa Beach, Mumbai
Things to do: Walking bare-foot, jogging, relaxing, swimming, taking a moonlit stroll and photography
4. Madh Island Beach
Madh Island Beach is one of the most famous family beaches of Mumbai and is known as a renowned tourist spot. This beautiful and relatively-isolated beach is actually made of a cluster of little villages and farmlands situated on the North-Western coast of Mumbai. The shore is flanked by mangroves on all sides that add to its scenic beauty.
While here, one can spot the watchtower built by the Portuguese in early 17th century called the Madh Fort that stands tall to this day, and is a breathtaking structure overlooking the sea. The fort has also been used for the shooting of some very popular Bollywood movies including Shootout at Wadala, Baazigar and Shatranj. Although the interiors are crumbling and mostly in ruins, the fort still boasts of sturdy fortification, and falls under the purview of Indian Air Force as it is close to Indian Air Force base.
Madh Island is a respite from the otherwise dazzling environs of the city and can be reached by an hour’s drive or a ferry ride from Mumbai. The island is bordered by the Arabian Sea on the west and Malad Creek on the east, and is mainly inhabited by Kolis, Marathis, and Roman Catholics. The swift current and tides of the ocean are not ideal for a swim and it is prohibited to wander off too far in the waters even during low tides. The beach is swarmed by tourists owing to its sunset points, sun-kissed sands, fishing boats and fishermen going about their daily chores.
Tip: Make sure to carry a sunscreen, a cap or hat, and sunglasses along and wear comfortable clothes like shorts, tees, pants or dresses
Location: Christian Wada, Madh, Mumbai
Things to do: Visit the beautiful Portuguese watchtower, the 16th-century church St. Bonaventure, savour local food, or go swimming, jogging, snorkelling and photography
5. Versova Beach
The Versova Beach is one of the other popular family beaches located in Mumbai and is comparatively less crowded. This bewitching coast is an extension of the Juhu Beach and separated by a creek, and is situated in the suburbs of Andheri. The Versova Village after which the beach is named, is home to the prominent fishing community or ‘Kolis’, and is famous for its daily fish market auctions and its large fish market. Bordered by huge rock boulders to keep the village safe from the sea waves and tides, the beach attracts tourists owing to its natural beauty, spectacular sunset points and numerous fun activities. The beach is ideal for swimming, surfing, snorkelling, cycling, jogging and engaging in water sports.
While visiting this beach, one can also pay homage at the Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary Church of Bandra and the Jain temple that are all located beside the beach itself. The beach attracts many photo fanatics and shutterbugs, especially during dawn and dusk to capture the changing colours of the sky and the enchanting landscape vistas. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with a lot of pomp and vigour and the season draws tourists in thousands to be a part of the grand festivities. It is advisable not to visit the beach during the summer and monsoon months as it can get unbearable due to the heat and humidity.
Location: Bharat Nagar, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai
Things to do: Swimming, horse riding, snorkelling, cycling and photography
6. Marvé Beach
Marvé Beach is known primarily for its cashew nut groves and the imposing medieval Portuguese church, besides the magnificent sunset points. Furthermore, a special ferry transports people from the beach to Essel World and to the Global Vipassana Pagoda which is aglow in the night and is a sight to behold. The beach also houses a tiny ancient Portuguese church which is popular amongst the tourists, and facilitates ferry rides every ten minutes from here to Manori beach.
Situated in Malad, in the western suburbs of Mumbai, it is one of the unexplored beaches in Mumbai, making it the hidden gem in the otherwise busy city. At night, the beach appears to look like a colourful fair, and locals indulge in the city’s famous street snacks and head to nearby attractions and local markets, to get the most out of their day. Thronged by couples owing to the romantic appeal and idyllic setting, the beach is also visited by college students and families occasionally.
Location: Marve Beach, Malad West, Mumbai
Things to do: Photography, walking, jogging and sightseeing
7. Manori Beach
Tucked further away from Marvé Beach is one of the most pristine beaches in Mumbai, Manori Beach. Blanketed by cashew nut groves and Portuguese architecture, it is an ideal weekend getaway in Mumbai for families, and is a popular ground for hosting night parties and fun activities. The beach is well connected to Essel World through a ferry ride, and Malad is the closest railway station to this serene fishing village.
A number of budget hotels and resorts cater to travellers, and a visit to this beach on full moon night promises serenity. This beach is a great option if you are craving for a calm and peaceful getaway and can be one of the beaches near Mumbai for one day picnics.
One of the most popular and silent family beaches in Mumbai, it is easily accessible via ferry or road, making it one of the popular attractions for tourists. There are ample hotels and five-star resorts in close proximity to spend a great weekend or holiday.
Location: Koliwada, Manori, Mumbai
Things to do: Take a stroll barefoot on the beach, or indulge in photography and sightseeing
So if you are willing to spend some time away from the hustle-bustle of the city, then these beaches in Mumbai are the best places to visit to help feel rejuvenated in a short span of time.
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Hi! I am Paridhi. When not downing endless cups of coffee and binge-ing on Masala Fries, I can be found deeply engrossed in contemporary novels. Delhiite by birth and nomad by passion. I travel and I know things. I write travel blogs by day and binge watch thriller and rom-com by night.