Muscat’s beautiful beaches
Nestled on the shores of the Gulf of Oman, Muscat’s beaches
are known for being some of the cleanest and most picturesque in the world. They regularly draw in locals and holidaymakers wishing to spend a day basking in the sun, snorkelling or having a waterside barbeque. There are over 3000 kilometres of coastline in Oman, meaning there are many beaches to choose from. When in the capital, you have access to some of the nicest spots including those at Qurum, Qantab and Marjan.
Popular sands in the Sultanate
The majority of the beaches around the city offer public access but much of the beach life centres around the main beach at Qurum. A popular picnic spot for visitors, Qurum offers a number palm shades and breath-taking scenic views. Bring along some food, or fire up a barbeque. When the tide is out, walk across the bay to Shatti Al Qurum, which is Muscat's main diplomatic and commercial centre.
Another great place to go is Bandar Jissah. Here you will find a secluded bay located at the foot of rocky cliffs named Qantab Beach. The rock pools that are exposed when the tide is out are popular for exploring and the area offers good opportunities for snorkelling.
With several small coral reefs and a large variety of fish, Marjan Beach can be an exciting location for snorkelers. Also known as Turtle Beach, this is where thousands of tiny turtles hatch each year and make the slow sprint to the water. It is around two hours’ drive from the capital, however if you have the time it is worth making the trip.
When looking for a little sun, sand and sea, stay at the one of the finest hotels in the city. Beach lovers are sure to enjoy returning to the stylish Park Inn by Radisson Muscat. Relax and recharge at the exclusive Fontana Health Club or enjoy an al fresco meal at one of the city’s best restaurants