Definitely don’t get into water near Beirut, the areas around are very polluted and unsafe for health. We suggest to go as far from Beirut, as possible. We checked two very clean beaches – Sour beach in Tyre and the White beach near Batroun. You can also choose to go to Anfeh beach, Benny beach or similar. Be sure to check that the area is safe for swimming.
The Sour beach is very clean and blue. The sand is amazing. It is stretched on a huge area, where you find cafes and seating. We were not sure about how okay it would be to wear normal swimsuit there, but that turned out not to be an issue. Towards sunset hours it was still mostly full of men but there were, even if very few, women and children too, so safety-wise it is fine. The water is amazing, so I highly recommend this beach.
Another beach we went to on the next day was White beach.
We took a bus going to Tripoli and got off on the main road, from where you need to walk some 10 mins. There are a number of cafes on the beach, where you need to pay for entrance. I believe there is nowhere to which you can just enter without paying. Just choose one of them, which is cheapest, as all of them offer the same, the shower/changing space and the sunbeds. The beach is white pebbles, that is why it’s called white beach. Well not pebbles, rather stones.
You will need a footwear to walk on it, otherwise you will hurt your feet. My Crocs sandals were extremely useful here. The sea forms a bay here and is mostly calm, unless you, like us, are there on a windy day. The water is shallow on quite a big stretch. All in all, this is a nice option.