Latvia represents heaven for me. The country is small but it is wonderful. It is full of green because nature is going to cover a huge portion of the land. The capital and the towns deserve a visit because of the architecture, but it offers also great locations for sea lovers. One of them is Saulkrasti Beach. A perfect place where to enjoy the Baltic sea during summertime or where to walk in winter. I tried both periods and still, I can’t decide the best one. This beach in Latvia is located in a town that counts around 7,000 inhabitants but it is popular for tourism, especially because it hosts one of the most beautiful and famous beaches of the Baltic country.
Enjoy Saulkrasti Beach and Latvia
There are many chances to have fun at Latvia seaside thanks to the entertainment organized in summer and the structures well equipped to welcome visitors to the beach in Saulkrasti. It is located 50 kilometers from Riga, so easy to go there in a short time and enjoy a day at the seaside. I am telling you that because in summer it is crowded but the hotels and accommodations are open. As it happens in all the Latvia beaches.
In autumn and winter time it is good maybe to spend there a few hours to walk, to take pictures but not maybe to stay all the holiday there. In any case, Saulkrasti Latvia beach is a place you will love.
The best beach in Latvia: swimming and hiking
This is one of the longest Latvia beaches thanks to its 17 kilometers. But the reasons to go there are diverse. What I did was to access passing on a wooden path that brings you to the main entering point. You can walk in the wood and watch the sand and the sea from there, then go down on the stairs and enter the beach.
This is the first reason: being in nature. I love it. You can lay down under the sun, walk with your feet in the water or go around the wood. Yes, I need to confess that I love so much the sea, but not stay all the time under the sun to do nothing. I need to be active. Saulkrasti Latvia beach is a good starting point.
I mentioned the wooden path. It is called Sunset Trail and it connects the center to the beach, the White Dune area. Some small patios are spread along the walk as observation points. It is long about 3 kilometers. As the name suggests this place deserves a visit during sunset. This is another reason to go to this beautiful pearl among the Latvia beaches.
Going around you can see the diversity of this beach in Latvia. The White Dune offer in the Lilaste part, meanwhile, in Zvejniekciems there is a stony seashore. It is quite common to find shells and mollusks on the beach because the area is quite exposed to the wind so there are waves that bring gifts from the sea. It is also very nice to see the Pēterupi River passing through the pine trees. Landscapes are the ideal ones for photographers, that is one more reason to enjoy Saulkrasti Latvia beach.
Saulkrasti Latvia beach: what to see
If you are going to spend some time in the lovely town of Saulkrasti you have many chances to enjoy nature, but also history and culture. The Latvia seaside doesn’t offer only sand. Before admiring the sunset on the Withe Dune 18 meters high, you should go around downtown. And don’t forget to visit Catherine’s lindens, the place where Catherine the Great stopped, traveling from Estonia to Riga, to check out the farmers’ conditions and had a swim in 1764.
In the town, you should enter the Bicycle Museum, it is curious and it tells the history of Latvian bicycles. Before seeing the marvelous beach and its nature in Saulkrasti you should enter the Pēterupe Lutheran Church. It was built in the 17th century and there is a precious painting of Jesus made by the important artist Josep Miller. There is also the Pēterupe Pastorage that deserves to be seen because of the typical architecture and the park around the building.
Art and nature: a great combination in the town of Saulkrasti
In a superb position on the River Ķīšupe, there is the Roman Catholic Church of Divine Grace. It is modern and big, it can hosts 300 people and it was built in 1998, anyway, the artworks inside are very nice. The town on the Latvia seaside counts some parks where to go to a walk and relax. Among them, I saw the Seaside Park that is well equipped for outdoor activities, so if you want to do some sport you can get exactly what you need. The Park Piejūra is right on the way to go to White Dune so very close to the beach.
I have been there for one day but if you have more time you can see the different monuments and go around the area. The local tourism office is reachable via the internet to plan your trip. The website has a list of the attractions and the parks. All that you need to know about Saulkrasti Latvia beach is well explained and you can ask them more.
During summertime on the beach, there is a lot of space for sports lovers. They can play beach volley, football, tennis, and so on. Not only because there are structures available on the sand and in town, but also because they organize tournaments. So you can go to play with your friends or just go to some other teams who are searching for people. It is a good way to meet new people. The fun never misses.
Saulkrasti beach has been my first experience in the Baltic sea so it was a particular visit. The first time on a Baltic Sea beaches, because I already passed around it traveling in other countries of the area. I have to say that I preferred an autumn visit because it was empty. I spend time alone, just with a person who was with me walking on the sand and taking pictures.
On this page, you can see some of them. The colors, the waves, and the sun with some clouds were my mates exploring the seaside and the forest. In the town, there were a few people around but was everything so calm. Saulkrasti Latvia beach can become an excuse to visit this lovely center.
Latvia seaside is almost all uncontaminated except for some small and lovely town, so it is possible to live the sea and the beaches. As I wrote I don’t like to spend so much time on a beach and I prefer to explore them when they are empty. The beach of Saulkrasti changes its shape in the summertime because of tourists, while in the coldest seasons you can be alone with the sea in front of you. It is not the proper moment to swim but to completely enjoy the place. Peace is all around in this corner of Latvia seaside.
Saulkrasti Latvia beach can be one of your steps to discover this amazing country.
From Riga, you can proceed on the left going to Lithuania, or on the right going to Estonia. There are different options you can choose from if you want to see the Latvia beaches. I don’t know all of them, but for now, I can say that the beach in Saulkrasti is my favorite. It is a beautiful pearl that you must include in your tour around the Latvia seaside. What about the other Latvia beaches?
Jūrmala is close to the airport of the country capital and it faces the Gulf of Riga stretching for 26 kilometers. There are restaurants and many structures for entertainment. Jūrkalne Bluffs offers an untouched environment, it seems to be out of the world, far from civilization. More dedicated to families is Ventspils, called the city of beaches. For surfers Pavilosta is a paradise, sport is a must over there. Then it is a great experience to taste cod dishes in Liepāja. Each one of the Latvia beaches is special and not only for landscapes but also for the features.
The list is just to mention some of the most famous Baltic sea beaches on the Latvian side where I have passed. If you want to plan your visit you can check out more information about the features on the official Latvia Travel website.
Baltic sea beaches
The Baltic sea gave me great impressions since my first time, but I saw it on the Scandinavian side. Then traveling between Copenhagen and Malmö by train I was mainly excited to cross the bridge so I didn’t focus so much on the Baltic sea. Saulkrasti is the beach in Latvia that gave me amazing surprises. I have superb memories. And I am ready to have others from my next visits. There are unique landscapes that seem to come out from novels. Maybe it is the light because it influences a lot the way to see things. Maybe this is due to the wild nature all around or to the period I have been on the Latvia seaside.
Anyway, the Baltic sea beaches surprised me a lot I am going to suggest you visit them. You should start with Latvia. People are kind, even do outside Riga, except young people, it can be hard to communicate in English with them. According to its extension, the country is one of the more “green“, in terms of the environment. Also, it is a small place so you can easily go around without spending hours and days moving. Latvia seaside offers places where to have fun in summer and also some areas to be alone or at least quiet. Any taste can be easily satisfied.
More to see
Saulkrasti Latvia beach is just one of the places you should see, but the more time you will have and the more beaches you will visit. Believe me, a tour around the Baltic sea is always a good idea. More than a cruise I suggest traveling inside the countries, maybe by car. You will have the chance to be in the middle of nature, to explore deeply every natural attraction and each village.
Planning the stay
The beach in Saulkrasti, also the town, deserves a visit and this is my advice for you, as you have read in the post. Anyway, mostly depends on the period you are going there. Focus on your goal and on the time you can have for your holiday, it is possible to decide where to stay? For instance, if you want to have fun in the summertime and you are open to meet people you need a hotel there. Latvia beaches are equipped, then there are different types of accommodation, restaurants, bars, and so on.
If you like to have relaxed there are no problems, parks are there for that reason. Hiking, museum visits, sport are other activities you can do. If you prefer autumn with its colors the place is superb. Trees around, pathways, the beach empty, Latvia seaside to explore without noise. Keep in mind that out of the tourist season most of the accommodations are not opened and the town is going to be quite empty, except for residents. I am saying that if you want to explore Saulkrasti ad its beach or other Latvia beaches you can stay in Riga and go to the town for a day.
Tips to organize your trip
Prices, according to western standards are quite cheap, so you can have a good experience without spending all your salary. I suggest you use Booking to search for a hotel or a flat. Livonia, the region of Saulkrasti beach, is marvelous as the rest of the country, so you can easily plan day trips or move around sleeping in different places. The country is small so the distances are not so huge. Saulkrasti Latvia beach is on the way between Lithuania and Estonia, you can easily cross Latvia borders.
Connections are guarantee by buses and trains. You should prefer buses, anyway rent a car is more convenient because you can easily plan the tour without depending on fixed timetables. It is easy to drive in Latvia. Sometimes in Riga, the traffic is on a high level, but nothing out of order.
Discounts and more
Thanks to DiscoverCars is possible to save money. The platform allows you to search for the right car according to your criteria and compare prices of the car rental agencies, local ones included. You can have your car ready for you on your arrival at the Latvia seaside. You will access to most competitive rates on the web. It will be great to plan everything online before departure. You will save money and time. There are many bus connections and trains as well, but rent a car is the best option to move freely. It is easy to drive in Latvia, they respect rules, and except in some hours in the center of Riga, there is no much traffic.
To reserve a flight, bus, train, hotel room, and a holiday package I use Kiwi. The platform has great offers. So to visit Saulkrasti Latvia beach and the country you can use it. I recommend it also because it is a good way to save money. And you can get the best solutions for your trip. Visit Saulkrasti Latvia beach and save money.
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Many thanks, my dear, that landscape was inspiring!