Beaches in Mumbai are, well, they’re beaches in Mumbai. They’re not your white sands, seashell, good-vibes-only influencer-type beaches. But when you find yourself cramped up in badly-ventilated apartments, you’ll find yourself longing to visit even the crowded ones like Juhu beach. For a dose of fresh air and chilling winds brushing against your hair. Combine that with the mouth-watering street food up for grabs in these touristy hotspots, and you’d find yourself walking by Juhu or Versova every day. Plus, if you’re lucky, you get to meet some of your Bollywood celebs running past you in their running clothes in the early hours of the morning too. So in that way, every beach near Mumbai gives you tons of space to let your hair down. Fosho.
And speaking of letting your hair down, we know that’s something hard to do when you’re stuck up with hectic routines. Because as much as boomers might taunt you for wasting time on social media, we know there’s much more that keeps happening (like a dozen college entrance tests and a never-ending stream of excel sheets) behind the curtains. But don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve already done the research, talked to a lot of Mumbaikars, and compiled a list of beaches that are sure shot contenders of the ‘best beach in Mumbai’ title. So you don’t have to take another headache for these itsy-bitsy things. And no need to thank us though. Cuz this is exactly what we do – makes lives easier and more fun for young folks like you who’re living away from home. Just take a look at our Stanza Living apartments for proof. At our managed apartments, we provide you with professional housekeeping, a seamless internet connection, and tons of on-call amenities. Plus, our apartments are spacious enough for you to put down your gym equipment and work out without having to commute in Mumbai’s annoying traffic to reach a gym. And just like we compiled this list of beaches for you, we’re always ready to help you with whatever you need. So bruh, all you’ve gotta do is hit the bookmark button on this page, and take your yoga mats to these awesome beaches on the days when you need slightly more motivation than doing those pushups staring at a Rock Balboa picture in your living room.
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Juhu Beach is often said to be every Mumbaikar’s lifeline for taking a breather from their daily hustle. Also, the Juhu is where Mumbai’s iconic Ganesh Chaturthi processions end up. So apart from visiting it every other day, we recommend you visit Juhu on Ganesh Chaturthi to witness some never-before scenes. And yes, an infinite number of social media influencers crowd the place with selfie sticks.
Versova Beach is as eye-pleasing as a beach can get. And why wouldn’t it be? It has super awesome golden hours, colorful fishing boats, and the cleanest beach stretches. Also, if you visit this Versova in the wee hours of the morning, you might even catch a glimpse of perfectly toned creatures like Milind Somand and Tiger Shroff doing pilates.
Girgaum Chowpatty might sound like a local train station, but it’s far from being as messy as one. This is the perfect place to come out in the sun, and feel a bit of natural air-conditioning. Also, you can rent out beach mats by the hour here. So corporate slaves, think no more. Just head out in the lunch hour, lay down on a mat, loosen up your tie and complete that presentation you had trouble focusing on with a fresh, fresh headspace.
One of the cleanest beaches in Mumbai, Madh Island beach is famous for being a recurring set for movie and television shows. So you might be bamboozled by the serenity of the beach, but when you see an entourage with a famous TV actor arriving at the beach, just make sure you keep a healthy distance. Or else, you don’t know when, at a spur of a moment, you might end up as an extra in Kumkum Bhagya and be laughed at by your friends for life.
Aksa Beach is a popular short-distance getaway place for Mumbaikars. The nearby fishing villages are lined up with dozens of homestays and resorts for you to lay back and relax for the weekend. So if you’re tired of Mumbai house parties, where the houses are so cramped, half of the crowd moves to the balcony after 0.05 seconds into the party, then booking a villa by the Aksa Beach might be good for a change of mood and scenery.
Few beaches in Mumbai are as quiet and untouched by huge crowds as Gorai Beach. Located on the northern end of Mumbai, it’s a perfect place for picnics and long walks along the constantly moving waves. But if walking is not your thing, Gorai Beach also offers horseback riding in the sands. In short, this is the closest you can come to being a pippin’ hawt Adam Driver in that viral Burberry ad.
Another one of the ‘famous beaches in Mumbai’ is Marve Beach. It’s a quiet beach where you’ll see a lot of people playing cricket under the sun. And that’s the thing about Mumbai, it’s a heaven for people who can’t help but talk about Kohli’s cover drives or Rohit’s captaincy all day. So whether you wanna do that while visiting the Marve beach or booking a ticket in the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai is the perfect place for you.
Kalamb Beach is another popular beach in Mumbai. You can hire a hammock for the day or take a paragliding lesson or just sunbathe out in the open on a beach mat. Basically, this is where you go for a wholesome day out. Trust us, spending a few hours at the Kalamb beach is more soul-warming than watching a Flying Beast vlog on Youtube.
The best thing about Manori Beach is the splendid Portuguese architecture you can witness around the area. We highly recommend visiting this beach on a weekend and participating in the Sunday mass of the local Portuguese church. After this experience, you’ll have a tough time deciding on the best crossover between the Portuguese and Indians i.e the Manori Beach or everybody’s favorite, the Vindaloo.
If you’re looking for a beach that’s less touristy, then look no further than Erangal Beach. The white sand beach is super clean, and lined with cashew trees. And nope, it doesn’t have to do anything with the popular PUBG map. Though, it is still a good place to drop down with your ‘squad’ when you don’t wanna be confronted by large groups the moment you land on its shores.
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