The most popular beach in Mumbai, Juhu Beach ranks as one of the top places to visit in Mumbai. No holiday in Mumbai can be said to be complete without a visit here. Long and sandy, with affluent neighbourhoods, bungalows, eateries and shops lining it from one end to the other, Juhu Beach offers an experience in itself.
Tourists in Mumbai frequent Juhu Beach to enjoy long seaside walks, horse riding down the shore, enjoy sunsets while munching on delicious street food, and be entertained by street entertainers by the dozens. Solitude is a stranger here unless you visit the beach in the early morning.
Tourists can visit Juhu Beach from Vile Parle, Santa Cruz or Andheri. Due to the large number of daily visitors and a general lack of sensibility towards cleanliness, much of Juhu Beach can be seen scattered with plastics and rubbish. Efforts are on by the civic authorities to keep the beach clean.
One of the cleanest beaches of Mumbai, Aksa Beach might be a bit away from the main city, but it is well worth the drive. Clean sands, beautiful sunsets and fewer visitors make it a pleasant contrast to Juhu Beach.
Towards late evening, the crowd lessens gradually, leaving the beach deserted. It is hence advisable to plan your beach outing to end by sunset. Swimming is restricted too due to the strong undercurrents. There are not many food stalls either.
But if it is peace and serenity that you are seeking, along with the freshness of the sea breeze and the calming power of the ocean, then Aksa Beach is the place for you.
Girgaum Chowpatty Beach
Cleaner and less crowded than Juhu beach, but equally popular with beach goers is the Girgaum Chowpatty Beach. Also known as the Chowpatty Beach, this beach of Mumbai is located near the Marine Drive Queen’s Necklace and offers a pleasant respite from the chaos of Mumbai City.
A mix of sand and rocks, the Chowpatty Beach is famous for its street food, especially Bhelpuri, a savoury snack. A visit to Chowpatty Beach would be incomplete without it.
It is best to visit the beach during weekdays as crowds increase exponentially during weekends. However, if crowds do not bother you, then do visit the Chowpatty Beach during festivals such as Ganesh Visarajan, when almost whole of Mumbai descends to have the last glimpse of Ganesh ji, before the god’s idol is immersed into the Arabian Sea.
The Navratris are also a great time to visit the Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai, as during these days, Ramleela is held on the beach and a huge effigy of Ravana is burnt on the sands.
Mats for rents, Ferris Wheels and other rides on the beach, and sand castle making are the other experiences that set Chowpatty Beach apart from the other beaches of Mumbai.
Madh Island Beach
The Madh Island Beach is one beach in Mumbai to have its own church, much like the beaches of Goa. It is located away from the city, and is hence less crowded.
Its far-away location ensures that the beach remains a secluded getaway. Enjoy walking on the warm sands, see the fishermen fishing out in the sea, their little boats bobbing up and down on the waves. Enjoy the breeze.
There are fishing villages in the vicinity and the smell of dried fish is strong – so, if such smells trouble you, then avoid a visit to this beach. Else, enjoy a true beach getaway in Mumbai!
There are many resorts nearby for overnight stays.
One of the most easily accessible beaches of Mumbai, Marve Beach offers one of the best experiences of Mumbai beaches. It is clean, less crowded, and offers a gateway to many other places to visit in Mumbai – such as Essel World and Gorai Beach.
A naval base on the beach ensures a secure presence and in the early morning, you can see fishing trawlers dock up and empty their vessels of the catch of the day. It is an interesting sight for those who are not bothered by the smell of the fishes.
Gorai Beach is the only beach in Mumbai where you can ride your car / scooty, right on the beach. It is barely crowded, especially in the mornings, when many groups can be seen practising yoga, dance and other activities.
The sand is blackish, litter-free and backs out to black rocks. The air is crisp and the breeze cool.
All in all, Gorai Beach offers a quite getaway, especially in the early morning.