The city beaches on the Arabian Gulf coast offer safe, white, sandy palm lined beaches with clear blue seas and gently shelving shores. The public beaches below offer free access, but have limited facilities. The most popular beaches for sunbathing are Al Khan Beach and Al Mamzar. The Corniche Beach is packed over the weekends and is not really suitable for sunbathers. The east coast has beautiful bays lined with sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Famous for its water sports, snorkelling, diving and relaxing, this coast creates the ideal break for a weekend, either camping on the beach or staying in the motels and hotels that line the coast.
The sun can be strong, so hats, sun cream and UV protection suits are a must at any time of the year. Dress restrictions do apply on the Sharjah beaches and ladies should be suitably attired.
Al Khan Lagoon to Al Mamzar Lagoon
This developing area between Sharjah and Dubai has no boat or jet ski restrictions so it is a popular place for motorised water sports enthusiasts but areas are roped off for swimmers only. The sea is generally clean and refreshing and it is a pleasant location close to the city. Mornings tend to be quiet and relaxing and afternoons noisy and active.
Al Khan Beach
Al Khan Beach stretches out from the old village in Al Khan to Al Layyeh power station and it is one of the safest beaches in the UAE. This beach is very popular with the tourists and during the weekends and holidays.
Al Corniche Beach
Palm trees surround the sandy beach, stretching out from Sharjah Ladies Club along the coast to Coral Beach Resort.
Khor Fakkan Beaches
The Oceanic Hotel & Resort beach is an appropriate destination in the city where you can enjoy your time and practice marine and water sports. The hotel charges for using their private beach. You can have a pleasant and delightful time swimming or barbecuing along the coast where many rocky outcrops are found. There are also charming sandy beaches and areas allocated for camping.
Khaled Lagoon & Al Buheirah Corniche
The Khaled Lagoon is a large expanse of water with a beautiful fountain at its centre. The lagoon is fenced off with green lawns and palm trees landscaping this magnificent tourist destination.
Al Buheirah Corniche that circumvents the lagoon is one of the most densely populated areas in Sharjah. Visitors enjoy walking here, around the lagoon, passing Al Jazeera Park and the Central Souk. The walking tour takes about an hour and covers a distance of 6 ½ kilometres.
There are a large number of restaurants around the lagoon and several coffee shops and cafés.
The Sharjah Corniche stretches from Al Buheirah Corniche to Ajman Beach, passing by the fish market. It is a destination for walkers covering a considerable distance and following the creek and then the coast.