Fancy a beach day? Muscat's sandy shores offer plenty of places to lounge in the sun, while the more adventurous can contend with water-based activities.
Roll out a towel and relax on the sand, or if you fancy exploring the waters then pull on a snorkelling mask.
There are beaches in and out of town, so you don't necessarily need to travel all that far to have a relaxing day by the gentle waves.
So get on those flip-flops and head on down to the shore. These are the best beaches in Muscat...
Al Sifah Beach
An out of town beach destination, this quiet spot is about an hour's drive to the south of the city. Not located off a major road you will have to pass through the small fishing village of Yiti and move along to the quiet beach. It is a favourite with campers and overnight stays are usually quiet and undisturbed. There are virtually no facilities, but the sands are gorgeous, with some dunes and flats to explore. The beach is long, look around. Pass through Yiti on the coastal road.
Head for Google Maps reference point 23.418731, 58.789778.
Ghubra Lake and beach parks
The most famous attraction of Ghubra is The Chedi Hotel. If you're not staying here, however, a visit to the area is still a nice idea thanks to two well-maintained parks. Al Ghubra Lake Park and the Beach Park are self-explanatory in their differences. Although the beach itself is largely featureless and lacking in some of the coves and natural bays that make other beaches prettier, it does have excellent walking tracks and good lawned areas to add to serenity as well as parking and children’s play areas.
Ghubrah Beach Park, Al Izdihar Street, Ghubra.
A popular view of beaches is that they should stretch for miles of pristine sands. Well, this place is, as the name suggests, made of smooth pebbles and rocks and is all the more beautiful for it. Not the best for lying out and sunbathing, but for snorkelling (turtle sightings are reported), beach walks and pebble collecting (way more fun than it sounds) this is world class. When heading to the pretty town of Sur, stop here first. Take the coastal road of Route 17 about 150km out of Muscat.
Head for Google Maps reference point 22.846735, 59.240952.
A chance to escape the city and busier beaches such as Qurum, but not have to spend a day in the car to arrive. The pretty bay is around 15km out of Muscat and is part of a picturesque fishing village. Private villas take up some of the water’s edge, but find a secluded spot and you have one of the most picture postcard perfect locations near the city. Fishermen’s boats, rocky outcrops, gentle lapping of greenish waters and gentle lapping of waves is idyllic. Qantab Beach, Qantab Road, Qantab.
Head for Google Maps reference point 23.562225, 58.630700
Probably Muscat's most accessible and popular beach stretches for about 4km of shore. It is no surprise that some premium hotels, including the Grand Hyatt and InterContinental have made this their home. Although private beach clubs share the stretch of sand you can turn up, drop a towel and spend entire days here. A few cafés and some watersports rental places and seating areas are offered. On the whole it is uncluttered, thanks to the long stretch, and can be walked, swam and explored. Little tidal change or surf makes it relatively safe.
Qurum Beach, Al Shati Street.